DEAR EXODUS MANDATE SUPPORTERS:
IMPORTANT ALERT. Please watch ABC's 20/20 on Friday, Jan 13 at 10 PM ET.
Alert you family members, friends, pastor and E-list too. While not
mentioning K-12 Christian or home schooling specifically, the program
focuses on failure of government schools, their reckless spending, and
shows value and superiority of private, free-market education.
Exodusmandate.org had some input with the 20/20 producer. Thanks (E. Ray
Moore, Jr, Chaplain(Lt.Col.) USAR Ret at www.Exodusmandate.org)
> From: "James Boyes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: 2006/01/11 Wed PM 07:20:51 EST
> To: "CEANet" <CEANet@list.whidbey.net>
> Subject: CEANet1815: Exodus Mandate Press Release, Jan 13 ABC 20-20 Pgm
> Christian Education Awareness Network (CEANet)
> Message 1815
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> EXODUS MANDATE PRESS RELEASE
> January 11, 2006
> To: National Desk, Education, Religion, Feature Reporter
> Contact: E. Ray Moore, Jr., 803-714 1744; Dr. Bruce N.
> Shortt, 832-483-8882; www.exodusmandate.org,
> MEDIA ADVISORY, Jan. 11, 2006 /Christian Wire
> Service/ (http://www.christianwireservice.com/)--
> Are American Kids Stupid? That's the question
> ABC's John Stossel will ask on 20/20 Friday night,
> January 13, as he describes the academic failure of
> America's public schools when compared with
> schools in other industrialized nations.
> For many years Exodus Mandate has been warning
> Christian parents and pastors that the government's
> "public" schools are destroying our children
> spiritually, morally and academically. Over the last
> two years many Christian leaders have come to agree
> that the public schools are indeed cauldrons of
> spiritual and moral pathologies. For example, the
> Southern Baptist Convention's leading theologian, Dr.
> Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist
> Theological Seminary, wrote in an article last summer,
> "It is now time for responsible Southern Baptists to
> develop an exit strategy from the public schools." Just
> the week before Dr. Mohler's article appeared, Dr. D.
> James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries, Joel Belz,
> WORLD Magazine, and others co-sponsored a
> resolution at the Presbyterian Church in America's
> General Assembly calling upon parents to remove
> their children from the public schools.
> Now Stossel and 20/20 are set to puncture the last myth
> of complacent suburban parents who delude themselves
> by thinking that, whatever problems there may be
> elsewhere, their schools are "different." As Stossel
> and 20/20 point out, not only do our 12th graders do
> worse in math and science, for example, than students
> in almost all other industrialized countries, the
> longer our students are in public schools, the worse
> they do in relation to their international peers. In
> fact, our best 12th graders - the ones taking advanced
> science and math in our "good high schools" - do worse
> in relation to their international elite peers than the
> average 12th graders do in relation to their
> international peers.
> Dr. Bruce Shortt, author of _The Harsh Truth About
> Public Schools_, co-sponsor of the Christian education
> resolutions that were submitted to the 2004 and 2005
> Southern Baptist Annual Meetings, and member of the
> board of directors of Exodus Mandate, provided
> background and other information to the producers of
> the upcoming 20/20 program. According to Dr. Shortt:
> "Parents are beginning to understand that government
> schools are very dangerous spiritually and morally.
> Now, thanks to 20/20, they are going to find out that
> our obscenely expensive public school system is
> equipping their children academically to be the 21st
> Century's 'hewers of wood and drawers of water.'"
> E. Ray Moore, Jr., Director of Exodus Mandate, notes
> that over the last two years prominent nationally
> syndicated writers such as Cal Thomas have been urging
> parents to remove their children from the public
> schools. Moore points out that in the last month alone
> Cal Thomas has written two columns (on 12/16 and 12/27)
> urging parents to find religious alternatives to the
> public schools. As a result, Moore is optimistic: "The
> ABC 20/20 special, the emerging leadership by Christian
> leaders such as Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Mohler, and support
> by Cal Thomas and other national figures cause us to
> have renewed hope for 2006 and beyond. More than ever
> before, Christian families are finding their way to the
> promised land of Christian schools and home schooling.
> This is key to renewing our families, our churches and
> our culture."
> Related Websites, and Reference Material:
> View this press release online:
> Visit Exodus Mandate website:
> Visit Homeschooling Family to Family website:
> Visit ABC 20/20 website:
> Visit John Stossel's website at ABC:
> _The Harsh Truth About Public Schools_:
> 2004 and 2005 SBC Education Resolutions:
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