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April 01, 2024

Homeschooling Smear

The "progressive" education establishment in America is on the defensive as parents push back against leftist classroom indoctrination. Some frustrated parents have concluded the problem is too ingrained and are looking for alternatives to government schools. Homeschooling's growth has been explosive, and religious schools are doing well, too.

Nonetheless, the leftist teachers' unions and their allies are doubling down and resisting all efforts at reform. In addition, they are demonizing parents who are seeking better options for their children.

At a recent book club event sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), a New York University professor accused homeschooling parents of anti-democratic indoctrination!

Ruth Ben-Ghiat made this outrageous accusation at the event hosted by AFT President Randi Weingarten:

"One of the reasons that they [parents] all go after education and one of the reasons that schools are being targeted ... A big thing is to destroy liberal, democratic models of secular education—get everybody out of the system, put them in homeschools so they can be indoctrinated."

Professor Ben-Ghiat then played the race card with this smear of homeschooling:

"All of this is anathema to authoritarians who want the end of empathy, the end of solidarity. They don't want familiarity because racism is lessened when there is familiarity, when there is teamwork, when there is friendship."

Obviously, the professor is ignorant of the fact that the most significant growth in homeschooling is taking place among minority parents who want their children out of failing urban government schools.

Educational choice is spreading like wildfire across America. In the last five years, new school choice options have passed or been expanded in 20 states over the vehement opposition of the teachers' unions and radical progressive politicians. JDFI supports these reforms and will continue to fight for parental rights for families whose children remain in government schools.

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April 23, 2024

Biden's War on Women

The Biden administration hopes the abortion issue will lead to his re-election in November. Women voters may want to think twice, however. Late last Friday, the administration declared war on women by distorting and destroying Title IX, a landmark 1972 law that bans sex discrimination in any school that receives federal funding. Title IX guarantees equal treatment for women in every aspect of education from the classroom to sports. Feminists hailed its passage 52 years ago, but the law may have a fatal omission that the Biden administration just drove a truckload of "wokeness" through: It didn't define what a woman is.

April 22, 2024

Religious Left Smears Christian Conservatives

As we have repeatedly warned, there is a deliberate effort to intimidate, shame, smear, and even threaten conservative Christians out of the political and public policy arena. It is understandable that the radical, secular Left would want to do that. But it is outrageous that some so-called "progressive Christians" are lending their support to this effort.

April 19, 2024

Stand With Israel

We thank God that the April 13th missile and drone attack on Israel, by the Islamic Republic of Iran, failed. Many of the 300 missiles and drones were destroyed by Israel's Iron Dome defense system or by U.S. and Israeli jets. But the failure of the attack does not erase its significance. For the first time, Iran has launched an attack directly from its own territory on Israel, instead of using its proxies, including Hamas and Hezbollah.