A very dangerous precedent that threatens another of our freedoms (as always) was set this year by a California (of course) appellate court. According to an article in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, the California Second District Court of Appeals ruled that parents cannot homeschool their children unless they are certified teachers. The case came about as a result of a family that had repeated referrals to the Los Angeles Department of Family and Children Services. There were various allegations including claims of physical abuse involving some of their eight children. A lawyer appointed to represent two of the children requested the court to require the children to attend a public or private school so that adults could monitor their well-being. A lower court disagreed, and the lawyer appealed. The Second District Court of Appeals used this as an excuse to go well beyond the scope of the appeal. Instead of responding to just the lawyer’s request, the court went well beyond the scope of the abuse allegations and ruled that the private school’s home visits and tests taken on-site were not sufficient to consider them enrolled. The court continued saying that since the childrens’ mother did not have teaching credentials, she was violating state law. JUSTICE H. WALTER CROSKEY stated in his opinion that was also signed by two of the other judges, “Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children. Parents who fail to (comply with school enrollment laws) may be subject to a criminal complaint against them, found guilty of an infraction, and subject to imposition of fines or an order to complete a parent education and counseling program.”
I do not believe that it’s any coincidence at all that the private school in this case is a Christian school. The court seized the opportunity to criminalize the home schooling of children and to attack a religious school at the same time. The government is extremely protective of its schools which are used as indoctrination centers. All one has to do is look at what is being taught and read some of the textbooks. You certainly have not heard any of our politicians in Washington condemning this ruling, have you? Are we going to have Senate hearings on it? Not a chance. If the government had its “druthers”, there would be no such thing as home schooling. Home schooling means thousands of children avoid the government indoctrination into SECULAR HUMANISM as well as liberal revisionist history. Home schooled children nationally test two to three years ahead of their government school counterparts. This is a huge embarrassment to the government. Think about it. Parents are doing a superior job to the professionals in the government school system. I’m off on a slight tangent here, but it’s important to clarify something. Before we blame the teachers, we need to look much higher. The blame lies with the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION and the NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. The social and educational experimentation originates here. Teachers have no choice but to comply.
Anyway, getting back to the court ruling. A. J. Duffy, president of the UNITED TEACHERS LOS ANGELES said in agreeing with the ruling, “What’s best for a child is to be taught by a credentialed teacher.” In other words, government knows better how your child should be educated than you do. Government knows better how to raise your child than you do. The list goes on and on. Government wants you to believe that they know better what’s best for you and your family better than you do.
Still don’t believe that America’s government school system is substandard? According to a study by UNICEF in 2003, the United States ranked EIGHTEENTH out of TWENTY-FOUR developed nations in the effectiveness of its government school system. UNICEF took the averages of five international studies to make this determination. And for those who think spending even more money on education is the answer? The UNICEF report found that “educational success or failure is not directly linked to funding, and that there is no clear link between student-to-teacher ratios and test results.” One example of this that comes to mind is the Washington,D.C. school system. More money is spent per student in this system than any other system in the country. Yet it consistently ranks at or near the bottom.
If the government wants to have all children in its schools, the government needs to take the indoctrination out of the schools, stop the experiments, and go back to what worked for generations to try to catch up with home-schooled children.
One last thing. In the Los Angeles Times article, there is a family who asked their last name not be used for fear of prosecution – for home-schooling their child! The father of this nine-year-old child said he was “troubled by the idea that his son would be exposed to teachings about evolution (which is mostly taught as fact, not theory), homosexuality, same sex marriage, and sex education."
“I want to have control over what goes in my son’s head, not what’s put in there by people who might be on the far left who have their own ideas about indoctrinating kids.”
If the ruling goes into effect, this father said, “If I can’t home school my son in California, we’re going to end up having to leave California. That’s how important it is to me.” This is what I call a real parent and a man. Kudos to this father and mother for taking a stand against the increasing tyranny of our government.