Home schooling is now legal in all 50 states, an increasing challenge to what's called "the monopoly" of public schools. Do home-schooled kids get the education they need in a high-tech society? Does home schooling mean religious and ethnic isolation in a diverse democracy? Plus, another attempt to rally the American public on Iraq, and a look at California's new law against global warming and Arnold Schwarzenegger's challenge to President Bush.
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Home schooling is on the increase as an alternative to what's called the "cultural monopoly" of public schools. After decades of courtroom battles, the practice is legal in every state, some of which regulate it while others don't, and has become an increasing challenge to what's called "the monopoly" of public schools. Most home schooling is still for religious reasons, but secular families are getting in on the action, too. Do home-schooled children get the preparation they need to compete in a complex, high-tech society? Should they be monitored and tested by government, or is the whole point that education should be left to parents alone? What about the rules of democracy and learning to live where religious and ethnic diversity are facts of life?
Chris Klicka, Senior Counsel for the Home School Legal Defense Association
Luis Huerta, Professor of Public Policy and Education at Columbia University
Elizabeth Canning, Mother of a home-schooled daughter
Robert Reich, University of California, Berkeley (@RBReich)
President Bush today made the first of what he called "a series of speeches" to rally Americans behind the war in Iraq. He said opponents may be "sincere" and "patriotic," but that they were wrong and that a pullout now would be a boon to terrorists.
Ron Hutcheson, White House Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers
Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a deal with the Democrats who run the state legislature in California. A new law will make this the first state to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions covering all sectors of the economy. The state's political leaders have made clear they want to encourage other states--and the federal government--to crack down on greenhouse gasses. For Schwarzenegger, it's a direct slap at fellow Republican, George Bush.