Note: The response to this debate was unprecedented, with more than 10 times our normal response, in great part due to its being
picked up on Internet discussion blogs. The
overwhelming consensus was that certification was not needed, something that California’s state appellate court agreed with shortly
after the September issue of The Connection
had gone to press.
While thanking all those who participated,
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In response to the September
Debate, “Should parents be certified
to home-school their children?”
NO. Certified public school teachers are locked
into standards but home school parents can go
above the standards. The one-size-fits-all public-school classroom has failed. Not all children
develop at the same rate. For the child that is
not yet as ready to decode reading or grasp
math concepts as the majority of their peers,
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Center in Gothenburg, Sweden, a two-night
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included) and a $500 Costco Cash card upon
return from the trip.
We traveled to Italy and Sweden this past
May. Volvo offered us lunch at the factory restaurant (we had Swedish meatballs, of course)
and a Volvo factory tour. The Volvo employees were fantastic, and it was an experience we
will not soon forget.
Thank you, Costco, for making the trip
happen and for helping us to get the best
Swedish souvenir—a new Volvo XC90.
Margaret and Lou Grasso
Smithtown, New York
YES. It might reduce the numbers of parents
who home-school, not because they could
do better but because they want their children
Odds and ends
Volvo-buying couple visits Sweden
We recently purchased a 2008 Volvo XC90
through the Costco Auto Buying Program.
Additionally, we ordered the car as a European
delivery through a Costco promotion, which
included airfare for two to the Volvo Welcome
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