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To: steplock; netmilsmom; Cathryn Crawford; Lady Eileen; GOPrincess
I read your conversation on this topic with interest. My son became a one-year-old this weekend and my wife and I discuss homeschool vs the local Catholic gradeschool often. There is obviously a diverse body of thought on the topic--as there should be.

The article itself states that there is no single voice for homeschoolers--I don't think the author is attempting to create a "homeschool my way or you're not homeschooling" document. I see this as an important clarion call against government intrusion. It's about the language. What's so important about the language? Language becomes law.

E.g.: The word "regulate" in the Second Amendment has given rise to heated debate over its meaning. In the time of the founders it meant the local militia (us) should be well-apportioned and armed for defense against tyranny. In the modern parlance it means to control and limit. Now, in fighting over the meaning of the word, we are fighting for our Constitutional rights.

If the government co-opts the language of homeschooling in their own curriculum, then you will find the language of homeschooling in legislation and regulation. In short order, the limits imposed on government "homeschools" will apply to your homeschools. How will you fight? It is the law.

This issue is important and the time to take action is before we find ourselves fighting the written word of law against a team of bureaucratic lawyers.
44 posted on 06/09/2003 8:54:24 AM PDT by pgyanke (God Bless America!)
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To: pgyanke
>>If the government co-opts the language of homeschooling in their own curriculum, then you will find the language of homeschooling in legislation and regulation. In short order, the limits imposed on government "homeschools" will apply to your homeschools. How will you fight? It is the law. <<<

Okay, I get it. It's all a matter of the words.
My great-nephew goes to a virtual elementary school and is not homeschooled. I can live with that.

45 posted on 06/09/2003 9:10:42 AM PDT by netmilsmom (God Bless our President, those with him & our troops)
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To: pgyanke
Well said.
46 posted on 06/09/2003 9:19:44 AM PDT by Lady Eileen
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