members, click to sign in..

4,060 active users!!Bandwidth
FRIDAY
NOV 28, 2014
Home
NewsSITE
Events & Blogs
New Audio & Video
Broadcasters
Local Church Finder
Live Webcasts
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Date
Staff Picks
CommentsALL -12 min
Top Sermons
VideosPDFs
Daily Log
PhotosNew Stuff!
Stores
Online Bible
Hymnal
Daily Reading
Our Services
Submit Sermon
Members Only

 
RELIGION, CURRENT EVENTS, TECHNOLOGY Subscribe to the breaking newsWhat is RSS?
FRONT PAGE  |  11/28/2014
TUESDAY, APR 28, 2009  |  17 comments
Home-school interest grows in hard times
More budget-conscious Houston families appear to be contemplating home schooling as an alternative to pricey private school tuition.

Houston mother Olivia Ober, for example, plans to withdraw her two young daughters from private school next month in favor of a less expensive private home-schooling hybrid model based out of a church.

“Finances definitely came into play,” Ober said.

Across the region, home-school advocates are seeing signs of increased interest. Some argue that money is a secondary consideration, if that. They say other factors — such as religion and morality — are driving the gains. ...


CLICK HERE to Read Entire Article
www.chron.com

  START  
  Recommended sermons | more..
•  Ten Reasons to Homeschool • Kevin Swanson | 5/9/2006
•  The Centrality of the Home • Voddie Baucham | 2/18/2006
•  Life With Sixteen Children • Kevin Swanson | 10/17/2006

   11/27/14  |  Common Core Spurs Increase in Homeschooling • 16 comments
   11/21/14  |  SWAT team tasers, pepper-sprays homeschoolers • 20 comments
   11/04/14  |  Education WV public schools bullying homeschoolers to come back • 2 comments
   09/10/14  |  Homeschoolers Outnumber Private-school Students in North Carolina • 4 comments
   08/27/14  |  Opposing views on homeschool regulation • 8 comments
MORE RELATED ( HOMESCHOOL ) NEWS | MORE..
   11/26/14  |  3 billion people on the internet • 1 comments
   11/26/14  |  Missouri burning: Looting after cop cleared • 43 comments
   11/20/14  |  Rick Warren on gay marriage: 'The Church must not cave in' • 35 comments
   11/18/14  |  SermonAudio Tip: Enjoy SermonAudio via Chromecast on your TV! • 9 comments
   11/18/14  |  Final approval given to women bishops at COE General Synod • 5 comments
OTHER CHOICE NEWS | MORE..
   06/02/14  |  A Letter to SermonAudio From a Missionary to Haiti • 10 comments
   02/07/14  |  Bringing the Gospel of John to Every Home in Austin, TX • 37 comments
   01/07/14  |  SermonAudio Partners with RFC for the 2014 Family Conference at... • 1 comments
   01/01/14  |  Happy New Year from SermonAudio! • 29 comments
   12/10/13  |  SermonAudio Broadcaster Loses Historic Church Building To Fire • 3 comments
OTHER CHOICE NEWS | MORE..
   11/28/14  |  Vinyl record sales hit an 18-year high • 11 comments
   11/28/14  |  Evangelicals with gay children challenging church • 50 comments
   11/28/14  |  Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood
   11/28/14  |  Celiac disease showing up in many forms and at all ages • 1 comments
   11/28/14  |  Marijuana figures big in Ferguson meltdown • 10 comments
OTHER RECENT NEWS | MORE..

COMMENTS | show all | add new  
    Sorting Order:  
· Page 1 ·  Found: 17 user comment(s)
News Item4/30/09 2:49 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I will add that Nebraska has many volunteer fire departments, and Neil you are quite right about the services that were noblesse oblige in the United States and Britain. Benjamin Franklin's activities are an example of this, Since most of us attended public school, most of us know about Horace Mann, and of course we have our obligation to pay taxes, etc. Rendering To Caesar: A Biblical Perspective On Government.
17

News Item4/29/09 7:24 PM
kenny  Find all comments by kenny
"...the Bible makes it plain that parents are responsible for their childrens' education. Home schooling is the norm, at least biblically speaking. Trusting Satan's minions to educate the kids is insane.

Of course, paying taxes is also our Christian duty. The Lord will provide enough to do both."

Amen!

I don't mind paying property taxes to educate other people's kids because I understand that there will ALWAYS be a mojority who clamor for government education and there is nothing that I can do about it. In a way, I consider it the equivalent of paying hush money to be left alone. You use the government to educate your kids and leave me alone to educate mine at home.

16

News Item4/29/09 7:01 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
It is tempting to imagine that Guinness's views might alternatively be explained by his seeing so little in return for his taxes that he finds the idea of gov't providing "services," esp. to individuals, absurd.

Historical trivia: Police & fire-protection organizations were not generally public activities until the 19th century, both in England & America, & these were confined to large cities. Private persons were expected to arrest fugitives (hence, "Citizen's Arrest" in Common Law, posse comitatus, etc.).

And America still has volunteer fire depts here & there.

15

News Item4/29/09 5:08 PM
Robert | North Carolina  Find all comments by Robert
Guinness wrote:
Again I submit that your implicit working definition of taxation is too narrow and quite novel.
I may regret jumping into the middle of this, but here goes. It seems to me that Neil's perspective on taxes, being American, and Guiness' perspective, presumably European (though I'm not certain of that - just an assumption from the name), are bound to be different.

In America, there is a presumption that our government's right to tax us (and to do anything else for that matter) comes from the people's inherent rights that are ceded to the government. In Europe, the presumption is that the people's rights come from the government (originally from the king) that are ceded to the people (usually after a war or two). That difference alone is enough to account for the apparent misunderstanding here.

Government schools are the novelty, having been invented only about 150 years ago. Prior to that, all education was private.

Regardless, the Bible makes it plain that parents are responsible for their childrens' education. Home schooling is the norm, at least biblically speaking. Trusting Satan's minions to educate the kids is insane.

Of course, paying taxes is also our Christian duty. The Lord will provide enough to do both.

14

News Item4/29/09 4:29 PM
Guinness  Find all comments by Guinness
I'll get back to you after I've done my service fees.
13

News Item4/29/09 4:11 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Agree that a tax is a charge imposed upon citizens by a government, but where is purpose mentioned? You say it's not a fee for individual services, so what is it then?

I get some historical [European] examples, but still no stated purpose, so I now resort to Wikipedia [surely a relatively neutral source] where it says on Taxes, "Some of these [functions] include expenditures on war, the enforcement of law and public order, protection of property, economic infrastructure ..., public works, social engineering, and the operation of government itself. Most modern governments also use taxes to fund welfare and public services."

So the idea of individ. services, though possibly disputable or incomplete, is not entirely off the map on this subject, is it? Maybe you prefer "collective services," but you haven't said so.

12

News Item4/29/09 3:38 PM
Guinness  Find all comments by Guinness
Neil wrote:
Guinness, before I dig myself into a hole as a tax heretic, may I ask again about, "general taxation is not a service fee"?
To wit, that is a negative definition. What is the positive one?
A positive example of the definition of taxes:-

"To tax (from the latin taxare: to estimate, which in turn is from tangere: to touch) is to impose a financial charge or other levy upon a taxpayer (an individual or legal entity) by a state or the functional equivalent of a state."

With respect Neil, I believe that the onus is still very much on you to support your original premise for your "problem", and provide the positive definitions of taxation in universal usage that demonstrate that taxes are for the direct provision of specific services.

For example, historically many taxes have not been used for the provision of services to any of the taxpayers AT ALL, but rather to provide for the luxuries of the rulers, or the churches or even the lowly tax collector himself.

Again I submit that your implicit working definition of taxation is too narrow and quite novel.

11

News Item4/29/09 3:20 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Guinness, before I dig myself into a hole as a tax heretic, may I ask again about, "general taxation is not a service fee"?

To wit, that is a negative definition. What is the positive one? I ask the same about your toll road example, too; I see negative, but no positive. I can hardly follow the straight & narrow by being told where the road *isn't*.

Jim: "well-educated citizenry make better soldiers." An unsubstantiated assertion, & not the original reason many Am. public schools were founded. And how much schooling is needed to follow orders & operate a rifle?

10

News Item4/29/09 2:26 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I would also add, that the article was comparing the cost of private schools as compared to home schooling. Of course every state is going to support public schooling, a well-educated citizenry make better soldiers, so the State has an interest in having at least some public education.

However, as was pointed out the economy is effecting private Christian Schools Neb. church school cuts teachers, other staff. We have staff and students from Lincoln Christian School attending Indian Hills Community Church, so we can feel for them. Though Encouraging and supporting Christian families who educate their children at home, and one reason because it is cheaper than private schools, it still can't be done right on the cheap.

9

News Item4/29/09 2:04 PM
Guinness  Find all comments by Guinness
Neil wrote:
I am supposed to contradict a definition I do not understand?
Neil, that is not my intention at all.

You have made an argument based upon a premise. I am asking you to demonstrate your premise. Your premise is that taxation is an individualised service fee. Yours is the novel idea.

For example, a road toll is clearly a specific usage service fee for a specific road whether imposed by government or a private road builder. In contrast general taxes that go to pay for the general provision of most roads in general are not service fees nor dependent on the usage of those roads

Are all roads in Tucson toll roads?

8

News Item4/29/09 1:54 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
I am supposed to contradict a definition I do not understand?
7

News Item4/29/09 1:43 PM
Guinness  Find all comments by Guinness
Neil wrote:
"general taxation is not a service fee."
Please elaborate. Tax-funded gov't functions seem like services to me.
Please demonstrate that general taxation is an individualised "service fee".
6

News Item4/29/09 1:40 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
"general taxation is not a service fee."

Please elaborate; I need more than a bare definition. Tax-funded gov't functions seem like services to me.

5

News Item4/29/09 1:36 PM
Guinness  Find all comments by Guinness
Compelling folks to pay for services not rendered is indeed theft.

However, general taxation is not a service fee.

Pas de problem.

(and yes, we do homeschool our children and also pay general taxation that goes to pay for public/state education)

4

News Item4/29/09 12:00 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
The problem? Compelling folks to pay for services not rendered is a form of theft. It is not clear to me that mass education broadly benefits the public as, for example, emergency services & waste collection do. An illiterate person can still be a productive, law-abiding citizen - unskilled, menial jobs are there for the asking. Moreover, public education is not succeeding well in graduating literate, law-abiding citizens, so even on pragmatic grounds, it is a failure. Finally, one cannot educate w/o imparting & employing philosophical principles. That is hardly something that government is competent to manage, cf. Rom. 13.

In a related vein, there was a piece on the Tucson news last night about a local Sheriff wanting to stop (he didn't say how) illegal immigrant children from attending public schools, who benefit from taxes their parents don't pay. Local educrats were outraged, since schools get funded based on Average Daily Attendance; what do they care about equity? But homeschooled citizens, paradoxically, represent a loss to them even though in theory they cost less, which explains why they are often persecuted by school officials, even in districts where homeschooling is expressly legal.

3

News Item4/28/09 11:39 PM
Guinness  Find all comments by Guinness
Neil wrote:
A problem remains: homeschool parents still have to pay property taxes (which fund gov't schools), in addition to their own homeschool expenses (primarily textbooks, curricula).
Why is that a problem?
2

News Item4/28/09 3:40 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
They didn't mention that many school districts today are under budgetary pressure from revenue shortfalls, which would be an indirect incentive for families to abandon them (fewer campuses & programs, larger class sizes, etc).

A problem remains: homeschool parents still have to pay property taxes (which fund gov't schools), in addition to their own homeschool expenses (primarily textbooks, curricula).

1
There are a total of 17 user comments displayed | add new comment |Subscribe to these comments
Last PostTotal
Evangelicals with gay children challenging church
unprofitable servant from georgia: " ladybug ... us- yes, in the active voice, i..."
-12 min 50 
1,000 evangelical pastors urged to run for political office
mike from new york: " dorcas the emotional manipulation and almost every thread..."
-2 hrs 109 
Marijuana figures big in Ferguson meltdown
wayfairer pilgrim from lubbock,tx: "a british medical study indicates that habitual..."
-3 hrs 10 


Sinfonia
Dr. Greg Harris
You Have Kept, I Will Keep 1

The Book of Revelation
Sunday Service
Lake Hills Community Church
Play! | MP3 | RSS


Bob Vincent
Defending the Faith

Rejecting Atheism
Grace Presbyterian Church
Play! | MP3

Ken Wimer
If the Lord Will

Gospel According to Luke
Shreveport Grace Church
Video!Play! | MP4

Blog 11/24/14
New Attendance Record and Thanksgiving in...

New York Gospel Mission
this week came and went and brought with it some uniq­ue...

Sponsor:
Paul Washer: "Most Useful Bible Study

See what Paul Washer calls the most useful Bible study tool in hist­ory. Click here!
www.puritandownloads.com/pa..

Sermon: Assault upon the Scriptures
Pastor Ralph Ovadal






                   
Let us never despair while we have Christ as our leader! ... George Whitefield

City: Las Vegas, NV
Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal
MOBILE
iPhone + iPad
Church App
Android New!
Church App
Kindle + Nook New!
BlackBerry
Windows Mobile, Nokia
Chromecast TV
ROKU TV
Pebble Smartwatch
Kindle Reader


HELP
Knowledgebase
Broadcasters
Listeners
Q&A
Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Webcasting
Tips & Tricks
YouTube Screencasts

FOLLOW
Weekly Newsletter
Staff Picks Feed
Site Notices
RSS | Twitter | Facebook
SERVICES | ALL
Local Church Finder | Info
MP3 Play & Download
Mobile Apps
Podcasting
Video Support
Live Webcasting
Transcription Service
HIFI Option
Business Cards
SOLO | MINI | Domains
Favorites
QR Codes
24x7 Radio Stream
INTEGRATION
Sermon Browser
HTML Codes
WordPress
Twitter
Facebook
Logos | e-Sword
SOAP API

BATCH
Transfer Agent
Protected Podcasts
Upload via Email
Auto-Upload Sermons
Auto-Blog Import
Picasa | FTP | Dropbox
ABOUT US
SermonAudio.com is the largest library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide. All broadcasters must adhere to the Articles of Faith.

Our Services | Testimonials
Broadcast With Us!
Support Us
Advertising | Local Ads
CONTACT
info@sermonaudio.com
Copyright © 2014 SermonAudio.com.