FROM Luis Huerta
Court Ruling May Signal Changes For Homeschooling In Lynnwood, a couple with eight children was referred to County protective services on various allegations including claims of physical abuse. Phillip and Mary Long were also home-schooling their children, and a lawyer appointed to represent two of the kids asked that they be required to attend public school, where their well-being could be monitored. A Superior court turned that down, but an appellate court over-ruled, going beyond that to decide that parents who home-school must have teaching credentials. That ruling is now being appealed to the State Supreme Court .
Is Home Schooling a Challenge to Public Schools? 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?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?