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Dear Readers:

In this issue, we present you with some controversial information in the form of our two articles. First, Barbara Loe-Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (http://www.nvic.org/) has written an article entitled "Turning Vaccine Exemptions Into Class Warfare". Our family began our journey into homeschooling because of misinformation we received regarding vaccine exemptions and public school . . . sometimes misinformation is a good thing! Our second article is by Israel Wayne, entitled "The Family Culture vs. Pop Culture". Even if you don't homeschool your children because of issues like vaccine exemptions, we feel it our duty to inform you of these controversies, as they could eventually negatively affect your parental rights to teach your own children and raise them as you see fit. Please patronize our advertisers and tell them where you saw their ads. As always, thank you for reading our publications.

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Benefits Of PicoTurbine's Alternative Energy Education
By Abhishek Agarwal

Young people need to be educated about the production of alternative energy and the most successful way, as witnessed by the writer, is by using the PicoTurbine Company’s books, projects and kits. PicoTurbine has produced these products in order to educate young people about the environment which they will inherit by looking at the advances in alternative or renewable energy, the seeds of their future. If we are to change the future world for the better, then it starts right here and now with the advent of the "green" energy systems.

There is an old adage which states: "Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I might remember some of it. Involve me, and I will master it", which has been tried and tested. It has become a core concept of PicoTurbine in producing kits which encourage young people to learn hands-on by the activities that are suggested, so they can see for themselves. One such suggestion by the company is the demonstration of how wind energy can produce heat (a specialty of the company), which uses a "picture wire" as the heating element.

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Turning Vaccine Exemptions Into Class Warfare
By Barbara Loe Fischer

(See the video presentation of this article at http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/September-2012/Turning-Vaccine-Exemptions-Into-Class-Warfare.aspx)

It is getting uglier and uglier out there, as angry, frustrated doctors inside and outside of government, work overtime to foster fear and hatred of parents' making conscious vaccine choices for their children. The latest political dirty trick is to brand parents, who send their children to private schools, as selfish and a threat to their communities because some private schools have higher vaccine exemption rates.

Take pediatrician and California Assemblyman, Dr. Richard Pan, for example. He is angry that many parents and health care professionals opposed AB2109, a bill he authored and pushed through the California legislature this year. [1] Dr. Pan misled his colleagues into believing that that forcing parents to pay for a doctor’s appointment to beg a hostile pediatrician [2] or medical worker to sign a personal belief exemption form is all about education.

Educated, Articulate Parents Defending Parental Rights

Medical trade associations that helped Dr. Pan lobby the state legislature included the California Medical Association, Health Officers Association of California, California Immunization Coalition and the American Academy of Pediatrics.[3] In public hearings this year, educated, articulate mothers and fathers stood up to these powerful medical groups and defended their parental and informed consent rights.

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Learning Through Art: Books Alive! - Performing Arts Literacy for Preschool Through 3rdGrade
By Jennifer Nairne

As babies, my children had a love/hate relationship with books - they thought they tasted great, but weren’t into sitting down to listen to the story. Despite my attempts to promote literature as more than a light snack, they lost interest once they stopped teething. It took all my energy to battle for their attention and I knew they were losing out on the literacy skills and content they should be learning. Thankfully, the folks at Learning through Art have developed better way to incorporate Language Arts and Reading into your homeschool curriculum.

The Books Alive! For Kids is a performing arts literacy program used in classrooms nationwide to stimulate a love for books in young children. The award-winning programs have been shown to improve reading scores and comprehension through enhancing creative thinking, reading, writing, art, and music education. Students love to learn through the highly-interactive sessions that teach kids the literacy skills needed to attain content standards and benchmark requirements. And now, this amazing program is available for use in every homeschool classroom.

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The Family Culture vs. Pop Culture
By Israel Wayne

Although it is never objectively accurate to say that a certain time period was "the good old days," there are many positive values that our society has lost in the past 150 years. One of the most tragic of these losses was the disintegration of the family culture, and especially multi-generational connections and legacies.

Because many of us have never experienced the benefits of the family culture in our lifetimes, we may not even recognize our collective loss. Imagine with me, if you can, a culture where you are surrounded with people who know and love you. There are parents, uncles and aunts, cousins, grandparents and even on occasion great-grandparents. Living, working, playing and worshiping with these loved-ones creates a wonderful sense of security and stability. You know who you are, to a great extent, because of your relationships with those of your surrounding family. Family can serve as a fixed reference point, linking you to geography and to the past in a way that no other friendship or community can.

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The UM-Independent Study High School provides opportunities for students in various circumstances to meet their educational needs. Students come to us because they:

  • are unable to attend a local school because they live in isolated areas
  • are in countries outside the United States and are without access to an accredited high school diploma program from a school in the United States
  • have dropped out of school but want to continue their education and earn a high school diploma
  • have difficulty coping with time and place restrictions of a classroom and want to proceed at their own pace
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