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Have you read Ben Swann's bio?

Our beloved reporter/news hero has an incredible background that I didn't realize.

High school graduate at age 11 (Homeschool)
College degree (Liberal Arts) from BYU at age 15
Master's (History) from California State at age 16.
Originally wanted to become a minister and has already been an assistant pastor and youth minister at a Presbyterian Church in Portland

As if I couldn't have more respect for this man.

http://www.home-school.com/Articles/who-needs-the-prom.html
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/12/13/meet-ben-swann-new...



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When Ben was a little kid,

I was reading his mom's articles in home school magazines. She was one incredible lady. All of the children, and she had a lot, all finished school very young, and college too. Alexandra Swann's book is on Kindle, and her two novels about Agenda 21 are on too, and sometimes free. They are quite good, too.

Very interesting. Thanks for

Very interesting. Thanks for posting that. It just goes to show the impact Moms have.

Wow! He's probably the brother of Alexandra Swann

http://www.home-school.com/Articles/columnists/alexandra-swa...

Here's his sister's book...I meant to buy this years ago but never got around to it:
http://www.amazon.com/No-Regrets-Homeschooling-Earned-Master...

Basically all the children in the family are on a fast track for their Master's by age 16.

Amazing~ all this time I've been watching him, there was that connection.

NIce!

Haven't heard of the book, but thanks for the link. I think I'll pick it up.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. -Thomas Jefferson
www.brianronk.com

I thought I was a badass

I graduated at 16 and had an AS at 18 plus worked 70 hrs a week and only slept an hour a day. Nowadays I need 9 hours. I ran circles around my HS English teacher. I could have gotten an AA but I liked science and chemistry way more.

I only graduated a year early because I made a buffoon out of my English teacher in HS and she resigned. Plus I had all the credits. She actually failed me and I showed I got straight A's.

But if this is true he kicked everyone's butt.

Mr. Swann is nobody to idolize but if this is true he kicks ass. Sorry about the language.

Community college sucks. But it was the best I could afford.

Do You Want to Support Ben Swann and Keep Him on the Air?

A message to everyone who supports Ben Swann (he's a hero of mine): Please don't just watch his videos on YouTube. The advertising money will go to some random person.

Instead go straight to the source! The link below links directly to the reality check main website on Fox 19. That way the ad money goes directly to his station, and the owners get a MUCH better idea about just how many people watch him (due to the large number of website hits)!

http://www.fox19.com/category/208878/reality-check-with-fox1...

You can also sign up for the email list so that they send you an email every time there is a new reality check. This way, if the station faces increasing pressure to cancel his show, they will be making enough extra money from ad revenue that they will reconsider.

If you really want to support Ben Swann, please do it this way!

Oh man you guys freaked out! -35 haha

why dont you guys chill out. I like how you only focus on one part of my post. I love benn swann and ron paul and all those guys and I love freedom and anyone can be whatever religion they want to that is what is great about freedom. I just happen to think religion was invented for control..and its great that I can think that too. im not calling ron paul or anyone stupid..he was probably just raised religious or maybe hes just saying he his religious I mean he is a political candidate and there really would be NO WAY to win without saying you are religious.

its not against the law to offend people..we all should know that.

ron paul 2012

Let's say that your take on

Let's say that your take on Ben Swann's Christianity is 100% accurate. It was created by men to control other men. Let us go further and grant, for the sake of argument, that all religion fits this same pattern.
Now here is the question:
Is there something wrong with inventing a falsehood to control others?

You will probably never see this... Just realized when it was posted.

Ron is honest almost to a fault.

He does not pander. If he says he is a Christian, then he really is.

Is it against the law....

to think that someone is using poor judgement in bringing up a divisive issue at the wrong time?

.
~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

More on Ben's background

It appears most people here don't know this, but Ben's mom, Joyce Swann, was a columnist for many years for Practical Homeschooling magazine.

She explained her "accelerated education" homeschooling method in a series of columns, which are now posted on the Homeschool World articles page.

If you'd like to read them (and find out more about just HOW Ben graduated high school at age 11 and received his master's degree by age 16), go to http://www.home-school.com/Articles/ and scroll down the list of writers on the left (alphabetized by last name) until you see Joyce Swann.

Publisher, Homeschool World & Practical Homeschooling magazine
http://www.home-school.com and http://www.PracticalHomeschooling.com

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That's a great site. Thank

That's a great site. Thank you for linking it :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

A Good Government Needs Good Officials

This article written by his mother touches on a family experience involving the government that might be at least partially why Ben speaks for truth in the current elections.

http://www.home-school.com/Articles/a-good-government-needs-...

Because name is Clifford...

Because name is Clifford...

WOW

THIS dude is AMAZING....President Ben Swann!(one day)

On the days when I am ready

On the days when I am ready to give up and pull my hair out while homeschooling my child, I will remember Benn! It is all worth it in the end! Thank you Benn for being an inspiration to the mommies in the battlefield.

I was homeschooled...

Although we did not participate in the same advanced methods as Ben's family, my education was further than most kids my age.

When I was in the time of 'Middle School', the State held yearly examinations to see what homeschooled children were learning, if anything.

I am proud to say my results were nearly all at college level and mathematics were upper level high school.

All of my work was done before noon every day, and if we wanted a long weekend we just did double work on thursday - if we wanted a vacation, we would do double work for two weeks and then go visit family in florida.

The rewards are great, I never had to compare myself to other students or feel inferior because of the way I learned - I am more self confident, more outspoken, and more direct in translation than most people my age today.

I currently attend Graduate School in California for my Masters in Architecture - some would say I've come a long way from being educated at home, I would say my potential has yet to be discovered because I was educated at home.

80% of what we know in life is learned in our households, that alone should make any parent re-evaluate public education.

"I used to believe in public education, then I learned the public wasn't educated."

They that give up liberty for security deserve neither.

Amazing!

incredible.

You have to

Give credit to his family. How many more impressive people would be out there if public schooling wasn't such a joke?

Many people could accomplish much at young ages but they have to go the speed of the slowest students. They are held back.

My 10th grade history teacher was bringing in his college work for us to do. 10th graders doing upper level college history. Put it in front of kids and they'll likely pick it up.

There should be many, many Ben Swanns out there.

100% agree - credit to his

100% agree - credit to his family... his mother specifically. Check out the first link in the post to see where he has written about his homeschooling experience.

"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God."
(1 Peter 2:15-16)

Amazing!

..That Ben attended BYU aka Brigham Young Univ a Mormon "stronghold", yet became a Presbyterian pastor.
Surely a testamony to his convictions, core beliefs.
Educationally speaking, there is a patriot of the grassroots in education, that man is John Taylor Gatto.
link:
http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/
http://www.coasttocoastam.com/guest/taylor-gatto-john/6422
Author of: Weapons of Mass Instruction
The Underground History of American Education
Dumbing Us Down, among other projects,and he's lead a varied career.
..."he was the subject of a show at Carnegie Hall called "An Evening with John Taylor Gatto," which launched a career of public speaking in the area of school reform."
This guy will BLOW YOUR MIND!

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Usually, it's a testament to....

...family traditions, i.e., folks don't want to rock the boat with their family. More than likely he chose BYU because it's cheap, of very high quality, and offered a distance program. He may have never taken one class on campus. I'm confident that if he really opened his heart and mind to the restored gospel, that he would convert, sooner or later.

An honest person cannot read the Book of Mormon and reject it for any logical reasons. They reject it because they don't believe it. Not because they can articulate a case against it.

A knowledge of its truth comes by the power of the Holy Ghost, but even before that revelation is received, one is compelled by the power of its literary structures to acknowledge that it is of Hebrew origin, not by an uneducated backwoods farmer.

NOBODY has ever articulated an argument against this book of Scripture, that was not based wholly in lies or deliberate misinformation.

Even Ben, if he were reading this, or anybody else, could not offer any rational, factual reasons of how the book came into existence, other than the true testimony that it was translated by the power and inspiration of Jesus Christ.

But nonetheless, I love Ben. He is a great example. He is a role model for MY homeschooled children.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

It was translated by someone

It was translated by someone using a "seer stone" divination device that the real Bible says not to do, who was caught multiple times treasure witching, casting spell rituals, dragged into court for the same, etc etc etc

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Wow... great article on

Wow... great article on homeschooling. Thanks for that link. Ben is awesome.

"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God."
(1 Peter 2:15-16)

Shut down the DoEd! Our

Shut down the DoEd! Our educational system is little more than the proliferation of a bunch of brainwashing factories.

Check out these high school FED & Bernanke fans...
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/05/11/152455275/where-te...

...your tax dollars at work.

"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God."
(1 Peter 2:15-16)

Either that says...

Alot about Ben, or very little about our "prestigious" public education system. I lean towards the middle on this one. Ben is VERY clever and it is easy to see he has an honest and beautiful soul.

But also, I do think it signals a very important red light in our public education system when an 11 year old can pass a high school exam. It is hard to imagine an 11 year old understanding matrix's and calculus. So, in that case, I certainly admit he is highly intelligent.

Ben was homeschooled. That

Ben was homeschooled. That explains a lot. Check out the first link in the post which will explain why he was able to get through so easily. Our public education system is horrible.

"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God."
(1 Peter 2:15-16)

"easily" is the wrong word...

"easily" is the wrong word... homeschooling is not easier... it's just a thousand times better (when done right of course)

"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God."
(1 Peter 2:15-16)

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Is your name Clifford or just your log in name?