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Blame It on the Flood

Included in our creation study is the topic of flood geology. I often explain to the children that something we are learning about or observing could be attributed to the effects of the flood. One day, after just such a comment, my 11-year-old son declared, “I am so tired of everything having to do with the flood!” His tone was not disrespectful, so it was actually rather amusing.

He had the last laugh, however. Several days later during a discussion of Mt. Rushmore, I commented on what an incredible feat the creation of this landmark was. His eyes lit up and he exclaimed, “Maybe it was created by the flood!”

Anne M. Galivan
Tallahassee, Florida

PSAT Valid for Annual Testing

Several Home School Legal Defense Association member families operating under the home school law have been contacted by their school district regarding testing issues this year. One Miami Springs family submitted PSAT test scores to fulfill their requirement for annual testing. Unfortunately, the director of attendance services rejected the test scores.

We directed this school official to the law, which states, “The parent or guardian shall select the method of evaluation.” Furthermore, the PSAT is a nationally normed student achievement test, and the results clearly demonstrated that the child was progressing at “a level commensurate with his ability.”

Wanted Poster for Five Year Olds

Home school children in Lake County received a scare at the local post office. Although the compulsory attendance age in Florida is six, a notice from a local elementary school was hung in the post office, declaring: “WANTED: Five year olds to begin kindergarten. If you know of any in your neighborhood who are not in school, please call.”

HSLDA members told us that their children were “afraid to leave the house” because of the poster. We contacted the school to inform them of the compulsory attendance age and asked them to remove the inappropriate poster. — Christopher J. Klicka