5 Reasons You Should Teach Abroad at an International School Instead of a TEFL Language School

Teachers who are looking to move their teaching career overseas have two options, teach at an international school or teach at a private language school. I’ve done both and I think that teaching at an international school is the best option. I’d like to share 5 reasons why I think this is true.

Reason #1 – disposable income

When I taught at private language schools, it was a luxury to buy paperbacks, and to have my legs waxed. I had to think about where I was spending my salary because I simply didn’t have enough money to spend on non-essential items. Not if I wanted to go on any vacations or have any time off over the summer.

Now that I teach at an international school, I am able to spend my teaching salary as I choose, and still have money left at the end of the month to save. I’m not talking about saving for the summer holidays, or for a rainy day. I can save money just to have it in the bank. I’m now able to save towards a deposit on a house, and contribute to a pension scheme.

Reason #2 – regular paid vacations

When you are an EFL teacher, you will usually sign a contract for an academic year (9 months) or a calendar year. Generally your contract will include a few weeks holiday, but you will be expected to work a larger proportion of your contract’s length than if you were teaching at an international school.

At an international school, your teaching contract will be signed for a period of 12 months. Of which you will be expected to teach around 200 days. The rest of the year the school will be closed and you will be able to go on vacations.

I spent 4 years working in the TEFL sector of the teaching profession, and I worked each summer teaching residential summer school courses. Since I’ve been teaching at international schools, I have been able to take each summer off and travel. I also travel during the school year as there is only two months in the year when I do not get at least a three day weekend.

Reason #3 – normal teaching contact hours

Private language schools that specialise in TEFL are ‘cram schools’. The students mostly attend their English lessons around their other school or job commitments. This means that your working hours will be crazy. At my first language school my working day was any hours I was given between 10am and 10pm. I was lucky because the manager of the branch at which I taught was very considerate of her teachers. Not all the EFL teachers working for the same company were so well treated.

At another school I taught at, each week I had days when I worked a split shift. I would be teaching my first lesson at half past seven in the morning, have a few hours off in the middle of the day, then I would have to be back at work and teaching for another 4-5 hours in the evening and finish the day at 9:30pm.

International schools operate regular school hours. If you are teaching at a school that starts early in the morning, then you will be done with your working day in the early afternoon.

Reason #4 – planning time is ‘included’

TEFL teachers are employed for contact hours. This is the time you spend in front of students. However, lessons don’t just appear out of thin air, teachers need to prepare their lessons and organise resources. When you first start out teaching EFL you may spend as much time preparing for a lesson as you actually do teaching it. I remember when I began, this was the case on a good day, sometimes I’d spend a lot more time agonising over what I was going to do in the lesson than I actually spent in the classroom with my students. Of course, this is not true now, when I am teaching in a well resourced language school, I am able to plan a lesson much more quickly than when I started out.

One thing that TEFL teachers need to know is that while your contract says you must teach 20-35 hours a week, in reality this will mean they are working (between lesson preparation, teaching and marking) 50+ hours a week. And the pay for all your extra time spent planning the lessons is ‘included’ in your hourly teaching rate. I can tell you, teachers become very efficient in planning their lessons quickly!

Teachers working overseas in international schools are employed as full-time teachers who teach a required number of contact hours. But overseas teachers are employed for the whole teaching day, and so their planning time is included in their salaries. I’ve taught in regular high schools in addition to international schools, and I have considerably more non-contact time in which to prepare my lessons when I teach abroad at international schools than when I’ve taught locally at state schools.

Reason #5 – professional development opportunities

I have a number of qualifications in EFL teaching. I have two Cambridge certificates and a Diploma in Second Language Teaching as well. I paid for all of the courses out of my teaching salary, when I didn’t have a lot to spare. I sought professional development opportunities to make me a better teacher, and the schools I’ve worked for have directly benefited from my efforts. But not one of the private language schools I’ve taught for in the past have ever helped me pay for my professional development.

Most international schools have a pool of money set aside for the professional development of their teaching staff. At my current school, there is a budget set per teacher annually. I went to a summit in Singapore this year, funded by the school. I’ve used a number of the techniques I learnt at the summit in my classes since I’ve been back.

In conclusion

I’ve taught overseas at both international schools and private language schools since I began my international teaching career, and I am happier and feel more valued now that I am teaching in an international school.

I found that many private language schools were run by people solely interested in their profit margin, and the quality of language education offered was hardly a consideration to them.

I now teach at a school where I’m treated like a teaching professional, the students’ education is the top priority of teachers and management alike, and I get regular vacations to satisfy my hunger for travel and new experiences.

A Critical Heritage Makers Review From Someone Who Didn’t Join

If you’re reading this third party Heritage Makers review, chances are you’re thinking about joining and becoming a consultant for Heritage Makers. Before you do, I want to encourage you to take a moment to go over this entire review. I’ll cover the essential details you’ll need to know to make an educated decision about the company. I’ll also go into what you need to do to truly succeed in a company like Heritage Makers. Before proceeding, I want to disclose that I’m not affiliated with Heritage Makers in any way, so you can be sure that you’ll be getting a true third party perspective on the company and the business opportunity.

Who Is Heritage Makers And What Do They Do?

If you’re serious about making money as a Heritage Makers consultant, then it’s important that you take a good hard look at the company itself as well as the products they market. The Utah-based company was started in 2005, and has more than 6,000 consultants and more than 100,000 customers. The members of the management team, led by Co-Founders Doug Cloward and Sharon Murdoch, bring a lot of direct sales experience to the table. This is a good thing if you’re looking to join and attach your name to the company.

The company sells various products but all the products revolve around the concept of creating memories and stories with pictures. Honestly, at first glance I didn’t think it would be a concept that I could see potential in. Then I thought about all the social media sites that allow you to post pictures and share stories with other people. Social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are growing by leaps and bounds, so clearly picture sharing is something people like to do. Sharing and talking about the product looks simple enough. But if you want to build a team of people, you’re going to have to get real good at selling the concept of getting in on the “story telling with picture and creating memories” to people open to taking a look at a business opportunity. If you can do that, you can very well leverage the business model Heritage Makers has in place to build a good business for yourself.

How Do You Make Money?

As a consultant, you can make money a few different ways. You can earn upfront commissions retailing products, as well as passive income when your customers order more products. There are also several bonuses you can qualify for based on your performance. In addition to that, there are incentives like jewelry, vacations and cash giveaways for people who are top producers. The compensation plan is pretty straight forward and simple to understand. And for the right person, the compensation plan could be very lucrative and profitable.

Is It A Good Opportunity?

After reviewing all the information, it certainly looks like Heritage Makers is a solid company with a good opportunity. The company has a good management team, and the income opportunity is fair and generous. With that being said, while having those things are definitely a plus, they have little bearing on your overall success. Why? Because your success will depend on your ability to bring in new people into your team and your ability to get retail customers. If you can position yourself to get a sufficient amount of leads so you can get enough reps and customers to build a business, you can very well be on your way to prosperity through the Heritage Makers opportunity.

International Schools in Samui – What Are the Advantages of Schools in Samui?

International Schools on Samui are plentiful. The large community of expats living and working on the island and the process of globalisation has led to the development of a number of seriously high quality international schools on the island that follow the British National Curriculum.

These schools on Koh Samui take children from all kinds of backgrounds, races, cultures and religions and use a British-led international syllabus to educate students with a global perspective. If you want to provide your children with the highest quality of education, and provided you can afford to pay for it, then sending them to an international school on Samui is a must-do. These institutions have highly qualified teachers (the true international schools requiring fully-qualified teachers with teaching degrees) and their subjects follow internationally-recognised accreditation standards from education authorities like the University of Cambridge.

When compared to the local Thai schools, Panyadee, Bluewater and Samui Centre of Learning are significantly better-funded and as a result can offer your children:

  • Fully qualified teaching staff
  • Cutting-edge science and computer labs
  • Well-funded libraries and resources
  • Interesting and exciting school trips
  • Engaging after-school and extra-curricular activities
  • First class facilities and classrooms

These organisations provide students with a unique blend of internationalism and local culture. As such, expect to find your kids learning Thai language and culture, eating Thai food and learning Muay Thai in P.E. lessons.

If you are considering an schools on the island of Koh Samui, take a look at the websites of Panyadee, Bluewater and Samui Centre of Learning. Each website has a unique feel and style to it, and speaks volumes about the way in which the school is managed and run. Furthermore, it will put you in touch with key staff members who can help you to choose a school that suits you and your children.

International Schools – What to Think About When Moving Abroad

When considering a child’s education in a foreign land most countries offer three alternatives: state schools, private schools and international schools. This article concentrates mainly on the potential benefits and drawbacks of international schools although some consideration is also given to the state school option.

Classes in international schools are usually taught in English and academic results are generally very good. The curriculum is most often British or American in style with the use of high school grades and SAT scores or International GCSEs at age 15/16 and A Levels or the International Baccalaureate at 17/18, the latter being recognized by universities worldwide. Subjects taught are also similar to those taught in the US or UK.

Almost all international schools are fee paying (although grants and scholarships may be available) and fees can be considerable. Average fees for a day school are around EUR 10,000 per year but it should be borne in mind that fees generally increase as the pupil grows older. For example, the average fees for children aged 12 or over are around EUR 20,000 per year. Furthermore, fees for boarding (as opposed to day) schools are much higher. In addition to yearly fees it may also be wise to consider the other expenses which are likely to be incurred when sending a child to an international school. These expenses might include a registration fee, purchase of a uniform, insurance, activity fees and transport.

Given the prohibitive cost, why do some expats choose international schools for their children’s education? Sometimes they are the only choice if foreigners are not permitted to attend local state schools (as is the case in the United Arab Emirates) or if the state schools are full. Many parents are also concerned about the effect learning a new language and adapting to a new culture are likely to have on both their child’s education and happiness. Typically young children take these challenges in their stride but older children may struggle or feel alienated. Another benefit of attending an international school is that it gives the parents a chance to meet other expats!

However, not all expats choose international schools and the state school option may in fact be preferable in some cases. Apart from the obvious cost savings a local state school is a superb place for a child to learn the new language and many expats find that their children are often fluent in the local lingo within a very short period of time. Speaking the language and adapting to a new culture are not only of immediate benefit but may also be useful in the longer term if the family decides to stay in the new country.

International schools can be found in or near most of the popular expat destinations. In other areas they may be more difficult to find. If possible try to choose a school affiliated with a respected international school association as they are more likely to meet minimum requirements as far as teaching or facilities are concerned.

Many international schools have waiting lists so it is always a good idea to enrol as soon as possible, a process which may involve entrance exams (most commonly in English and Maths).

International Schools Are The Only Choice When Living Abroad

International Schools are your ONLY choice if you live Abroad.

If you have a child and really really love them, you might want to consider moving abroad just for the chance of sending your child to an international school –Your child, will be surrounded by children of the best, brightest and most successful of that country. All the most successful local people will send their kids to the international school and all foreign dignitaries, foreign representatives and foreign business elite will send their children to the international school all along side your own child!

Giving your child the best teachers, the best programs, the best structures, the best technology to learn and grow! And your child ends up with the best contacts from around the world! The friends your child makes will become the Ambassadors, tycoons, and world leaders of tomorrow! This is truly a marvelous gift for any child, they’ll learn that he or she can and should make a difference in the world because all their friends’ parents already are! It really is such a marvelous gift that if you have a choice of raising a child overseas, you should do it for the international school experience alone!

However, if you live overseas as a refugee seeking low paid work and that takes priority in your life over everything else, then hopefully you don’t have children. Because if you do and you attempt to justify a local public school because it’s free, then you’ll be ruining your own child’s life forever.

At a public school your foreign born child will be completely different from all the other children, leaving them isolated and bullied but heck, you get rid of your kid for 8 hours a day! Free baby sitting!

Also, if your kids are below 8 years old when they start this degrading process they’ll soon learn to only speak the foreign language that they use in school, because any other language makes them stand out for ridicule and embarrassment which I promise you, no little kid wants. So soon, always within 2 years of local schooling you won’t be able to communicate with your own child at all, even at home!

There is NO choice of private or public schools for parents who live in a foreign country. If you can’t afford an international school then move back or send your child back to your home country where your child will fit into a free public school setting.

Thousands of parents come to Japan every year, (where I live), to work, and stick their kids into local public schools and lose them forever – Not sometimes but always! This isn’t a matter of a child’s personality, it’s a matter of survival, ALL children will subliminally attempt to become what the other kids are to survive, and will end up with neither family nor national identity. If you live abroad, then send your child to an international school or back home where they fit in. Those are your only two choices.

My family has set up scholarships here in Tokyo to try to help all these foreign born kids get free tuition to any international schools they live close too. If you’re a foreign parent there is always a way to get your child into one of these amazing schools.

Do You Flirt Fluently Using the Best Flirting and Dating Apps Yet?

Generation Z and Generation Y Want to Flirt Via Best Apps for Dating and Flirting.

The current generation in college, graduate school, and just beyond all grew up not even bothering with email. They have that to stay in touch with their parents periodically, not for their daily personal use, mind you.

Generation Z and Generation Y Why They Crave the Best Apps for Dating and Flirting:

Sometimes called Generation Text or The Facebook Generation, as well as Generation Y and The Millenials or Millenial Generation, as well as their slightly younger siblings Generation Z or the iGeneration grew up using cell phones.

This new generation speaks a whole additional language than their older generation cousins in the Baby Boomer Generation and GenX demographic cohorts. They are fluent in APP-Speak. I’m not even talking about texting abbreviations. I’m treating APPs interaction itself as a whole mental way and mode of thinking and communication processing.

  • They speak APP.
  • They think in APP processing.
  • They interact via APPs.

So naturally when it comes to flirting, dating, and romancing, they need the best Apps to flirt and date to enable them to do so.

Introducing TrintMe As The Best Apps for Flirting Leading to Dating:

Hence the need for TrintMe. TrintMe is a new socializing APPS platform that enables singles to flirt, banter, and communicate their “True Intentions” with each other as they learn to do so verbally and with their body language signals and social behavior as well.

No longer do you have to risk the friendship or jeopardize your classroom relationship for the semester with overtly saying too much too quickly too fast too soon. You’re in the phase of life when you are just learning the social subtleties of flirting, interacting, attraction and interest. You’re not yet well-versed in how to communicate your interest subtly and check for a mutual interest before saying and doing something.

In the past you had to learn to say something to the one you’re interested and attracted to. Were you to do that, you might be stuck saying something too strong and overwhelming that lacked poise and polish. Yuck! How awful is that?

Now the object of your romantic interest and you feel awkward. And you’ve got the rest of the semester to muddle through together in the same class or major. How awkward is that?

With TrintMe, that is now a thing of the past.

Instead now the two of you can select to express light flirtation and interest via TrintMe and move forward at a better pace, only when the interest is mutual – guaranteed. How great is that?

Start using TrintMe and sharing it with all of your college friends, and in the next 30 days, you never know what will happen and who will get something started. You never know which one of them is really interested in you until you two are both using TrintMe!

How To Overcome Special Education Personnel’s Money Complaints

Are you the parent of a child with autism that has been denied needed educational services, for your child? Have you been told by school district personnel, that your child cannot receive a certain service, because the price is too high? This article will discuss ways that you can overcome these tactics used by some school personnel, for the benefit of your child.

The purpose of special education taken out of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.”

IDEA does not allow, school districts to use the “money” card, to get out of providing needed educational services to children with disabilities. The reality is, that many school districts try this tactic many times a day. And the sad thing is, that many parents believe them. Do not fall for this tactic! Stand up for your child, as you are the only advocate that they will ever have.

For Example:

**School administrator: “Mrs. Jones we would love to give Mary 90 minutes of speech therapy a week, but our district is small, and we cannot afford it.”

**Bad reply from the parent: “Oh I totally understand, I didn’t mean to ask for so much.”

**School administrator: “Oh I am sure that you didn’t. But you have to understand that we have a lot of children in our district, and we want to help them all. How about 30 minutes a week?”

**Parent: “30 minutes will be fine.”

The problem with this conversation is, that the parent should have discussed evidence she had of her child’s need. The parent also did not clarify, that the amount of time offered was for direct service. Many times special education personnel will write down consultative services, rather than direct services; without the parent being aware of it.

Same Example:

**School Administrator: “Mrs. Jones we would love to give Mary 90 minutes of speech therapy a week, but our district is small, and we cannot afford it.”

**Good Example from the parent: “Mr. Parker, my daughter Mary needs 90 minutes of direct speech language therapy per week, to make progress in her education. As you will see from the Independent Educational Evaluation that I have here, the registered Speech/Language Pathologist recommends 90 minutes of direct service per week. I am not concerned with the school districts budget, but what I am concerned about is Mary’s right to receive a free appropriate public education.”

**School Administrator: “Why would you go and get an independent evaluation, don’t you trust our speech /language pathologist to recommend the best for Mary.”

**Parent: “The Speech/Language Pathologist that works for this district, is only recommending 30 minutes direct service per week, despite Mary’s low test scores in areas of receptive and expressive language. Mary needs 90 minutes of Speech Language therapy per week, if you refuse to give it to her, I will consider filing for a due process hearing.

**School Administrator: “Oh, you don’t have to get nasty.”

**Parent: “I was not getting nasty. Due process is my right, if I disagree with your decision, which I do.”

School administrator: “We will consult with out speech language pathologist, and consider giving Mary the 90 per week of direct speech therapy.”

**Parent: “Thank You.”

By standing up to tactics used by some special education personnel, you can ensure that your child receives a free appropriate public education.

Bring Home Education Back to the Biblical Principle Approach

I have been asked many, many a time — What do you mean by Back to the Basics? Classical Approach? What does it all mean. I through you just opened a book and taught. Oh, Dear Friend, it is my hope to answer these questions and more, very simply in this article.

Back to the basics – the biblical classical approach to learning and teaching is a simple form of daily home teaching that brings us back to the Basics of the Bible and Life. While we full embrace our Old Testament Heritage, we are fully acknowledging our New Testament belief in Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior.

We believe that daily home education should instruct and nurture our children in the following ways:

  1. We believe teaching of a Biblical World view in Every Subject. We do this by incorporating The Holy Scripture (The Bible) and biblical thinking throughout our full school day, school year; and the curriculum that we choose to teach from and/or author.
  2. We believe teaching to and instilling into our children the core character value system that is modeled after the Life of Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer.
  3. We further believe that the most vital part of home education is to teach the CRIMSON THREAD (Jesus Christ) has a part in our every day life. That our Biblical Heritage should be taught side-by-side along with our American Heritage through every aspect of our curriculum and lives.
  4. We also desire to teach our children The Biblical Principle Approach to Christian Family Heritage, Christian American Heritage, Education and Government.”

By: Karina C. Struven

Considering Homeschooling – Reasons to Avoid Government Homeschooling Like the Plague

Are you tempted to join government homeschooling (a charter school or public school independent study program) or do you know someone who is?

These days, Christian parents who are thinking about homeschooling are often unaware that you can homeschool in most states without public school control. And those who do know are often tempted to join government homeschooling for the supposed goodies. The bait of free materials or the perception of getting help from “real teachers” seems inviting, but having public school employees overseeing your homeschool dramatically alters the spiritual dynamic of the home.

You need to know that there is another form of homeschooling; one that is scriptural. Private biblical homeschooling strengthens God’s design for the family and helps ensure the future right of our children and grandchildren to freely homeschool in a Christ-centered manner.

Homeschooling has always existed in this country — from the native Americans to the first Europeans to form colonies in the New World. Yet it was mostly forgotten as state funded schooling, the purpose of which is to create obedient productive citizens, pervaded the land in the 19th century. But in the late 1970’s and 1980’s, a resurgence in homeschooling began among parents who were mostly Christians. These “pioneer” families often resisted the idea that the state was supposed to control the education of their children. They blazed a path few dared to follow – with parents at the head of their children’s learning.

More than that, they discovered that biblical homeschooling changed everyone in the family, bringing them through God’s refining fire and helping strengthen their relationship with Jesus, and with each other.

Those who hated God were incensed at the idea that bible-believing parents were taking back the headship of their homes. Not only that, but the behemoth of public education was taking a financial hit whenever a child was withdrawn from public school or never entered in the first place. Strategies to stop homeschooling failed, and homeschooling was proven to be legal in all fifty states. As the fruit of raising children in the love of the Lord became evident, more and more families started doing it.

But Satan is clever and whenever Christians have fruit, he delivers a strong counter-punch. He was not going to sit back and watch generations of children being brought up in the Lord Jesus. We believe his counter-punch to homeschooling was to lure Christian parents back into the public school fold via government homeschooling. When a family goes that route, not only is the public school still financially supported, but that family is put under the control of an institution that denies the lordship of Jesus Christ. Spiritual revival of the Christian family is not likely to come out of this humanist matrix.

While we do not question the walk of those believers who enroll in government homeschooling — any more than we question the walk of the Christians who have their children enrolled in regular public school — we urge them to consider the spiritual fruit of their decision. We urge bible-believing Christians to refrain from becoming yoked with government homeschool programs for many reasons, and to instead discover the blessings of a non-government biblical home education:

Usurping Headship

In government homeschooling, you place those who hate God over your homeschool. God is the head of the husband who is the head of the wife. The divine lines of authority established by God are disrupted when you insert the public school system into this holy order. The public school and public school mentor you are assigned in government homeschooling install themselves in the headship position — that is where the buck stops. They become the provider, director and accountability of that homeschool instead of the husband and God.

There is no free lunch — when you take public school money for homeschooling, you are agreeing to allow the state be the head of your children’s education. Education is not a neutral endeavor, but a highly spiritual matter, and one that is not separable from discipleship. God sets up “governments” in the Bible — individual, family, church and civil government — and gives responsibilities to each. Imagine the government being in charge of serving you communion or giving baptisms. Ridiculous, you would say! Those are spiritual matters God clearly gave to the church. Well, no where in scripture does God give the civil government authority over the raising of children. When God speaks of training up children — for example Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” He is speaking to parents, not bureaucrats.

In private homeschooling done biblically, the buck stops with the dad (or mom if there is no dad in that family). If the dad decides he doesn’t want his kids taking a certain standardized test, does he have the ultimate authority? If he picks out the textbooks and decides they are to all be Biblical, is he able to do this? If he decides he wants a child of his to skip a certain subject this year to concentrate on another, does he have the power to make that call? Only in private biblical homeschooling does the father have this authority.

Government homeschooling puts the mother under the counsel of humanists. Even if she happens to be assigned a public school mentor who is a Christian, the curriculum, methods, and goals of public education are designed to produce a carnal man of the world. Psalm 1 says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.”

A family on the educational dole undergoes a spiritual change in authority as government homeschooling has no use for the husband. Homeschooling becomes “her thing” — something Mom and the public school mentor implement. He is under them. Just like in the welfare system, a dad who realizes that he is not the provider and protector soon zones out. It may seem like a subtlety to women, but this undermining of a man’s role is a powerful “dis”. When Dad checks out, Mom is left with all the work in the homeschool. If you want your husband to be actively involved in the homeschooling, don’t emasculate him by choosing government homeschooling.

In contrast, biblical homeschooling is about fathers being restored to their rightful role as heads of the homes.

Supporting a Corrupt System

We implore believers in Jesus to totally leave the public school system, which is responsible for devastating the minds and hearts of millions, which has brought untold numbers of minors to abortion clinics during school hours, which is currently the main tool of homosexual indoctrination in this country. Statistics from several ministries show that the majority of Christian kids who are sent to brick-and-mortar public schools will renounce their faith in Christ and quit going to church after high school graduation. The public school has long proven itself a producer of the most rotten fruit we see in society today — so why would a Believer want to prop up a system that is so obviously of the kingdom of darkness?

When you enroll in government homeschooling, your child is legally considered a public school student. Even though you are doing all the work, thousands of tax dollars are diverted into the public school system on behalf of your child. A bit is kicked back to parents for secular materials. Christians are inadvertently ensuring the survival of a blatantly anti-God system.

In contrast, a family that chooses private Christian homeschooling can tell their neighbors they are a blessing to taxpayers — and they do not have to feel guilty about contributing to the delinquency of America.

We need to stop viewing public school as neutral, and assuming we will have no consequences from aligning ourselves with a demonic system. As Jesus says in Matthew 7:18: “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.”

Promoting Humanist Curriculum

When you take public money for homeschooling, you are not supposed to use Christian curriculum or teach from a Christian worldview during school hours. This is true even if you bought the religious materials yourself! Federal and state laws prohibit the use of sectarian curriculum during school hours. You are agreeing to run a non-religious public school in your home during set hours when you take their freebies.

There are many who tell us “we’ll just do what we want in our home” but once you put yourself under the government, you are a sitting duck for increasing control. For example, in 2004 a charter school in North Monterey County, California lost its license to operate. One of the reasons cited was that parents were using religious texts during school hours. Parents were told that, “any religious instruction during class time for which the school received state money is against the law regardless of the source of funds used to purchase materials.” (The Monterey County Herald, March 27, 2004)

In Canada, the same thing happened — parents thought that since they were at home, they could do what they wanted and teach during the day from the religious books they purchased themselves. That was true until someone decided to enforce the law. Read the story here.

Many Christian parents just settle for using the secular texts. But nothing is neutral — secular texts actually present a worldview that says truth has nothing to do with Jesus Christ, or the books are blatantly pro-evolution or full of other prevarications.

Christians joining government homeschooling are promoting another unintended result. Since government homeschooling vouchers are only supposed to go for non-sectarian materials, the homeschool marketplace is experiencing pressure for more secular texts, even from Christian households that otherwise would purchase decidedly Christian materials. Many of the openly Christian materials produced during the recent upsurge in Christian homeschooling are being bypassed by parents in favor of non-Christian materials — which can be approved for inclusion in the portfolios that government homeschoolers must turn in to get the continued approval of the state.

Everything you present to your children influences them. When you continually introduce conflicting worldviews in the main subject matter, this gets into the heart of mind of your child. This ad says it all when it comes to why Christians should not let their children be discipled by non-Christian curriculum. This Bob Jones University advertisement very clearly illustrates this point.

At the founding of this country, books were scarce. Often families only had the Bible to teach their children to read from. And a look at the writings of children in those days shows they were more educated than modern children who have bountiful fancy equipment and curriculum.

Yoking with the Unsaved

With government homeschooling, you become unequally yoked with the unsaved. Not just in the task of educating your children by being guided by a humanist system, but in the other associations you and your children make. There are meetings and activities sponsored by the government homeschooling programs. These expose your family to ungodly peers — both for Mom, and for the children.

2 Corinthians 6: 14-17 says, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” Therefore, “come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.”

Some Christians are under the mistaken belief that since they are homeschooling and since unbelievers are homeschooling, that they are doing the same thing. But shouldn’t what we are doing be radically different from what the unsaved homeschooler next door is doing? Is this about homeschooling or is homeschooling a means to an end (in our case, raising up a child in the Lord Jesus?) Educating children cannot be severed from discipleship. Everything we teach should be in light of the lordship of Jesus Christ. Studying mathematics, for example, should be done for the purpose of being a blessing to others through our ability to say, build good bridges. And in the wonder of mathematical rules, children should see the glory of God. But unbelievers are homeschooling for very different reasons — to create what the public school is creating — a worldly child.

When you look into the eyes of your children, what do you see? An eternal being who is fearfully and wonderfully made. What does the unsaved mom sitting next to you in the government homeschooling group see in a child’s eyes? A product of evolution who lives only for this world?

When you are meeting with a public school teacher or have unsaved homeschooling friends, it makes you less likely to follow your Christian convictions. For example, you might eschew biblical discipline, knowing those in your government homeschooling program disapprove.

Some Christian families think they need government oversight for “accountability”. Since most of us are grown up public school children, we cannot fathom a situation where the government does not have its hands all over our lives. But we need to think about this biblically — no where in the Word does it say the civil government is to be responsible for keeping believers “accountable” in raising their children. Rather, the wife is to be accountable to the husband, who is to be accountable to God.

As government homeschooling becomes prominent in an area, the Christian groups often disappear. The biggest threat to the survival of the private biblical homeschooling movement, by far, is government homeschooling. Why? Christians in government homeschooling have other activities they must attend, and when they do attend private biblical homeschooling groups, there often is tension. In a homeschool support group, Mom tends to talk about her head, her goals, the activities they do and the curriculum they use. The spiritual disparity between the freedom of private biblical homeschoolers versus the bondage of the government homeschoolers becomes evident and can easily explode a good support group.

Also, Christians who join government homeschooling usually stop supporting the Christian homeschooling movement and Christian homeschooling conventions. If a public school employee picks out and pays for your curriculum, and they have their own social activities — why associate with other Christians at conventions and support groups?

Focusing on Worldly Standards

If you enroll in government homeschooling, you are agreeing to follow the agenda of a system that does not recognize Jesus as Lord. In private biblical homeschooling, you follow God’s standards. The first set of standards strives to raise up a child loyal to the state, who views all of life from an evolutionary worldview. The other seeks to raise up a child loyal to Jesus, who views all of life from a biblical worldview.

Some Christian parents claim they will act like the are following the government standards, but try to outwit them by secretly teaching God’s standards and getting the government goodies at the same time. But standards are conveyed in many ways — by the curriculum, by the teaching methods, by the teacher, and by the head of the homeschool.

Jesus made it clear that we cannot follow two masters. What kind of confusion does it foist upon a child to see the conflict of pretending to follow one system, but really attempting to follow another? Why not be openly Christian in all you do in your homeschooling? Why not just reject the world system?

Why does a Christian need government homeschooling, anyway? The pioneering generations of homeschoolers who came before you did it on a shoestring and without government oversight. Many were poor, had lots of children to homeschool, and had to make their own curriculum as most textbook companies would not sell to them back then. Private biblical homeschooling has a record of outstanding academic and spiritual results — we urge families not to “go back to Egypt.”

Burning Out and Giving Up

When you first hear about government homeschooling, it might seem like it would make homeschooling easier — someone guides you and pays for stuff. But the pressure of humanists regulating your homeschool changes what you do during the day. And possibly running afoul of the government in your homeschooling can create great anxiety. Shadowed by required paperwork, diverted into doing lessons that she would never do if not for a secular institution looking over her shoulder… Mom starts to feel like an employee of the public school.

In government homeschooling, when Mom is feeling stressed about accomplishing her goals, it is Big Brother, not Dad or God, whom she is afraid of disappointing. When she has those inevitable days of feeling overwhelmed, whom does she go to for support? When she says she cannot do it, when she goes to her head for help, does she get prayed for and directed to Jesus? Or, does the public school mentor suggest the next logical step for a government homeschooler — the brick and mortar public school? Government homeschoolers are a very short step away from the physical public school, and many wind up there within a short time.

There exits a vast network of Christian homeschooling support groups in many areas of this country. If you cannot find a Christian homeschool support group near you — start one, or find one on-line. Or find a church that has private Christian homeschoolers. Pray that God will provide at least one other family to come alongside you.

Handing over Parental Rights

Currently, there is no greater threat to the biblical homeschooling movement than Christians enrolling in government homeschooling programs. The hard-fought parental rights won by the “pioneers” of the homeschool movement are at risk from Christians who are being lured into public school homeschooling programs. Satan hates independent Christian homeschoolers precisely because they are raising up a godly generation of young people who are serving Jesus with their whole hearts and minds. Since he who controls the curriculum controls the hearts and minds of the children, there is a deliberate push to get all homeschoolers under the control of the public school system.

Government homeschooling weakens our parental rights by drastically reducing the number of homeschoolers willing to put up a fight politically. When parents are on the educational dole, they become concerned with getting more plunder, not defending freedoms. Those who voluntarily put themselves under bondage do not understand the threat of greater government intrusion. Government homeschoolers often say things like, “Why shouldn’t all homeschoolers be required to take all the standardized tests? I’m required to. Why shouldn’t all homeschoolers be evaluated by a public school teacher? I am.”

Once there is a “critical mass” of government homeschoolers, there will be no one left to hold back the onerous regulations that all homeschoolers will be subject to.

The politicians know that government homeschoolers pose no threat to their humanist agenda. Once you accept government money, you give up your rights — dependents have no motivation to fight the system that feeds them. You have agreed to homeschooling on their terms. Anti-homeschooling liberals have made it plain they will want all homeschoolers under their authority. God never gave that authority to the civil government, only to parents. We do not have a right to delegate away the responsibility God has bestowed on parents alone.

Getting a Vision to Restore the Christian Family

We see biblical homeschooling as a Christian family restoration movement. The Christian family, and thus the nation, is in disarray, largely due to parents allowing the government to raise their children. A spiritual revival of the Christian family can only come through God and His divine order for the family, not through an anti-God system.

Earlier generations made such great sacrifices — they were hauled into court, almost had their children taken away — they fought for your right to be free of the public school bureaucrats. You need to look beyond the bait of government money and your fear of being an independent homeschooler. Look at the spiritual state of your family and consider the long-term consequences for future generations of Christian homeschoolers.

Commit yourself and the success of your homeschool to the Lord Jesus Christ. Allow your husband his rightful role as head of the home and homeschool. Instead of becoming a dependent on government educational handouts, become an advocate of protecting our God-given rights to give our children a biblical education, free from government control.

Families who have never experienced homeschooling in the Lord without answering to the government need to know that God will provide — whether it is materials, hope, courage, or wisdom. Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, “but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

The good news is that we have found that most Christian parents who homeschool will NOT go into public school homeschooling IF they are educated on the biblical reasons not to before they get into it. Once parents are under the control of the public school system — whether it be in a brick and mortar school or a government homeschooling program — they are often fearful to leave even when they see the problems with it.

Finding the Best Speech Therapy Programs

With the gradual economic improvements being seen today, and a shift in population demographics, the healthcare industry has continued to grow in leaps and bounds.

Because of this, many rehabilitative and therapeutic professions are experiencing greater demand for qualified individuals.

Speech therapy – also known as speech-language pathology – is an interesting and important career option for anyone who likes the idea of working in a healthcare field, but in a more educational or teaching form of therapy.

There are hundreds of programs where gaining these qualifications are possible, and the estimated salary is quite competitive in comparison to other occupations, making speech therapy an excellent consideration.

Becoming a Speech Therapist

Students interested in a career in speech-language pathology will need to attend one of the many available speech therapy programs to become qualified.

Although there are numerous degree levels available, it is most recommended that prospective applicants into this career path plan on earning their pathology, which will offer them the most employment opportunities, as well as a chance at career advancement without having to return to school.

Most states and provinces in the US and Canada require speech pathologists to be certified, as well as licensed; only student who have completed graduate programs are eligible for certification.

In the UK and some other areas, must be registered with their nation’s health council; requirements include the successful completion of at least a Bachelor’s degree program, or completion of an accelerated two-year program which may have specific entry requirements.

Finding the Best Programs

To receive the best education, and be prepared for not only the certification examination as well as entry into this detailed career, students are recommended to attend the best program possible.

They should look for one that has been recommended doing so, students can be assured they are investing in an education that has been carefully structured to provide them the best learning opportunities, and involves curriculums that include the latest and most accepted training techniques today.

ASHA also oversees certification of qualified individuals, and provides testing opportunities throughout the year for those seeking certification.

In Canada, accreditation and overview of educational programs is done by the Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) and (CACUP-ASLP). The CASLPA also handles all certification and testing for qualified individuals.

UK accreditation of all university programs offered is handled (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which also keeps a register of all qualified professionals who are legally able to practice.

Employment as a Speech Therapist

There are many different places where graduates of speech therapy programs can find employment. While regular hospitals do hire these professionals, there are many jobs available in educational therapeutic positions at elementary and primary schools, special education schools and with other programs for children exhibiting speech or hearing delays and other issues.

Speech therapists can also play important roles for older students at middle and high school level who require assistance in understanding and communication, and they are also employed by colleges to ensure that students in need of their services can still get the best education possible with speech and language therapy.

Additionally, skilled nursing facilities that provide care for older patients and those of all ages who are recovering from strokes, brain injuries and other conditions that have affected their ability to speak and communicate well provide many jobs for speech therapists.

Speech-Language Pathologists

Others are employed by private practices, which may see patients of all types, or specialize in only one type of patient or communication issue. In any case, due to increased demand for speech-language pathologists overall, most graduates are able to easily find employment today.

Since it is a very detail oriented career, and education and training can be intense, students are recommended to only enroll at a school that has been recommended by their country’s main professional group to ensure they meet all necessary qualifications for certification or registration, and can be employed.

Each of these organizations provides a list of all accredited speech therapy programs for prospective students at their websites.