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Monkey Girl is an investigative book based on the federal court case Kitzmiller v. Dover, a modern version of the Scopes Monkey Trial. The book examines what to teach children in the classroom when it comes down to evolution and intelligent design. The First Amendment lawsuit against the local Pennsylvania school board had the potential to change school practices nationwide, bringing up the question of whether intelligent design is a scientific or religious idea.
The idea for this story came to light during a murder investigation. WTVF uncovered evidence linking the child-abuse death of an 8-year-old boy in the Atlanta area to the teachings of his family's church. The church, located just outside of Nashville, was started by Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin. Despite Shamblin's denials, the investigation uncovered church tapes that documented how she had instructed her followers to severely discipline their children. Among the tapes: a conference call in which the mother was applauded for locking her child in his room for days.
Staying Home From School: Parents who choose to teach their children at home have traditionally done so for religious reasons. And many - indeed most- still do. But a growing number of home-schooling parents now point to a host of secular and practical reasons for opting out of school and taking education into their own hands.
More and more parents are opting to homeschool their children, but not for traditional reasons. This article explores the phenomenon by focusing on several families who homeschool for various reasons such as having very gifted children or living in rural areas.