Our Story: (The Short Version)
Our story begins with my wife and I attempting to work together to find common ground with the educational plans for our daughter who was about to enter school for the fist time. I was completely opposed to public /government schools for numerous reasons and did not feel it was a safe environment for her. My wife on the other hand, not fully understanding the dynamics of our public schools since she grow up in the Philippines had no real issue with putting her in public schools. So we compromised as all married couples do and put her in a local Christian School. When we had registered initially everything seemed fine, they even went up to 12th Grade and were using the same curriculum I was planning to use for homeschooling my daughter (ABeka Book).
However, the very first day she came home with a huge bruise on her knee from falling at the play ground. I took a deep breath and the next day I spoke to the teachers about proper supervision while at the play ground because my daughter was hurt yesterday. The very same day my daughter comes home with marks across her eye and nose – again at the play ground.
Now coming from a background of being a supervisor at a group home and over 12 years of dealing with at risk youth, those is foster care, and those who are even more vulnerable I understand what proper supervision is and what it’s not. Needless to say I immediately pulled her from the “Christian” School and looked for a home school umbrella. On a side note, ever notice how some places slap on the word “Christian” or label of “Church” yet are no better then other institutions of the world – Just saying we should walk the walk, not just talk the talk and lead by example.
Through word of mouth from two different associates I learned about a very popular home school umbrella in Harford County. So my wife and I filled out the necessary paperwork and went through the process to home school our daughter under this church umbrella. The price was reasonable but when it came time for the portfolio review no one was to be found. See they have a system were other members of the Church Umbrella do reviews for each other instead of the actual church administration (not really legal by the way, at best it’s pretty shady)
The following year I was not in a position with my wife to push for additional homeschooling because of our experience. Therefore, I feel back and allowed my wife to enroll our daughter in the public / government school. Of course this is after literally purchasing her a GPS emergency device that had an optional panic button and a cellphone with GPS tracking as a backup – Can you tell that I have had a criminal justice background in college, lol. I am no doubt the typical over protective dad but with my background and teaching a martial arts ministry I’m sure I would make a great character on a reality show somewhere.
All in all things were going okay with the school – one thing I noted is that there is a lot more accountability at a public school than at a private school. However, our daughter kept getting sick and missing time every other week it seemed. After receiving a letter from the school about our daughter missing time and the schools administration response in that letter seemed almost threatening, as if they were the parent. I was truly insulted, outraged and angry at what was written in this letter. I may even get around to posting it here when I get a chance.
Shortly thereafter, I get back to back calls from my wife and the school nurse – my daughter just throw up. My daughter was never this sick prior to going into school. My wife breast feed for about 18 months so my daughter had a solid foundation of health. After learning about the various vaccines I did not allow our daughter to continue with them or even receive the flu shot. Most days we packed a lunch so it wasn’t the food either. Nevertheless, after she throw up I pulled her out of school with the intention to home school once again. But more than that, I wanted to help those who where dealing with the same things but had no where to turn.
Shortly thereafter, in November of 2012 I started the American Christian Defense Alliance Academy to help other brothers and sister in need. Again, this is truly a Ministry!
I hope that you will join us so we may journey together.