Skip to comments.States Begin Crack Down on Home Schooling
Posted on 01/02/2003 11:03:09 AM PST by hsmomx3
H ome schoolers have long held the belief that if they received exemptions from the education laws being put in place at the state and federal level, they could safely teach their children at home without government interference. A good example of this is the exemption home schoolers achieved to HR 6 in 1994 and ESSHB 1209 bringing education reform to Washington State in 1993.
What home schoolers did not know, however, is that education reform was instituted to bring education into coalescence with systems governance, and under systems governance, all really does mean all ? no one can be exempted from inclusion in the system. That includes home schoolers.
Home schoolers believed the exemptions would protect them. A good example is the home schoolers in California. For years they have existed under the private schooling laws. Now, California is cracking down on home schoolers in order to bring them into the system. In other states that have home school laws, the matter of bringing home schoolers under the umbrella of systems education and government control will be as easy as requiring a certificate of mastery in order for the child to get a job, a drivers license, or go on to higher education. We are already seeing signs of that happening in Washington State. No doubt it is, or will, happen in other states with home school laws as well.
Home schoolers have not been exempted from the system, they have only been exempted from the laws putting the system in place.
What the parents don't understand (but what cynical homeschoolers like me have already figured out) is that the districts are following a social plan that will provide "the state" with dumbed down but compliant "workers" who will never aspire to greatness (the "elite" group will, of course, include all children of the present educators and other "leaders")
The "wrench in the works" is the Homeschooling community. These "mavericks" are already refusing to follow the lock-step norm of government schooling and tend to be well-informed and strong-willed, but worse than that, those "unsocialized" home-schooled kids have the gall to perform well above expectations and are scoring highly on standardized tests and college entry exams. Yes....homeschoolers could be completely left in the cold if these certificates are made mandatory -- but there will be plenty of us fighting against it tooth and nail...
About time. If private citizens wish to assume the functions of government, let them meet government standards. If I want to build my own house, I still need to comply with the applicable building codes.
We first heard about this nearly 15 years ago. It's been in the planning stage longer than that.
You've got it backwards, Joe. It's the government that's taken on the role of parents.
thanks in advance
"States Begin Crack Down..." should be "States Begin Crackdown..."
I'm a product of public schools and even I knew that.
Your profile doesn't indicate your state, so I picked Texas' Constitution as an example:
A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.
The Texas Constitution
Article 7 - EDUCATION
Section 1 - SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE OF SYSTEM OF PUBLIC FREE SCHOOLS
You can disagee with the premise but you cannot dispute that public education has constitutional authority in nearly every state and is thereby a legitimate function of government.
Listen to yourself! How did you come to define the education of our children as a function of government? Perhaps it's in the Constitution? Oh wait a minute, can't seem to find it there.
Well, the government's been doing it for a while, so it must be a government function. Yeah, that's it. If the government starts doing it, it becomes a government function and anyone who would dare to do it on their own, well they must be in need of some serious regulation.
This Nation's educational system (powered for and by the N.E.A.) simply cannot sit idly by and let the 'Homeschoolers' actually learn more then the future-robots in the Public School System(s) across this nation
If private citizens wish to assume the functions of government, let them meet government standards. If I want to build my own house, I still need to comply with the applicable building codes.
This doesn't even make sense. The State or county doesn't build you a home if you ask them to. You seem to imply that the "function of government" is to provide housing.
Here is a more valid comparison. When a governmental body buys property, whether its the federal, state or local governments, there are sertain procedures that they must take. When A private citizen buys property, they are not required the same.
You're in Pennsylvania. Here's what your Constitution says about Public Education.
Compulsory eduction laws were originally concieved by anti-Catholic bigots to try to undermine Catholic parents beliefs. The same tradition is carried on today as state schools try to indoctrinate children into radical environmentalism and other strange beliefs.
Can you point to me anywhere in the US Constitution that education is deemed a "function" of "government," or that home-schoolers have to be dumbed down to measurements exacted by "govenment standards?" Can you point to any State's Constitution which mandates that the only educational "standards" are those defined solely by the whim of state's teachers' unions?
Point is this: homeschoolers consistently EXCEED government standards. What makes you think government bureaucrats/educrats have qualifications to stand in judgment of them, let alone attempt to try to "control" them?
Now there's an oxymoron! Give me a call when they get that in place and I'll take a second look!
I see nowhere where it says citizens must attend, or send there children, etc. I always believed that somewhere it states the government would provide education, not that the education provided was mandatory.
I wonder has this be heard before the Supreme Court?
I guess I better start searching. BTW, I have no children and I am a product of public education.
The issue is compulsory public education. Texas' constitution doesn't establish compulsory public education in the section you quoted.
From your posts on this thread, it appears you know little or nothing about home education. That's not a flame. I'm just reading what you've written and drawing a reasonable conclusion.
But homeschoolers exceed 'government standards'.
In Pennsylvania, we started with a public education system for paupers in the early 1800's. Hardly anyone used it, because you had to declare yourself a pauper first. It was a matter of pride to folks in those days. I don't have a problem with some appropriate programs for those in need, but I sure as heck have a problem with programs designed for the lowest common denominator that then project their warped and distorted goals and standards onto those who don't need the programs in the first place.
About time. If private citizens wish to assume the functions of government, let them meet government standards
Government standards my hairy a**!
My 3 youngest children are home schooled and consistently outperform their peers in assessment testing. My oldest (who was home schooled for 7 years) is a senior with a 4.2 gpa and already has 13 hours of college credit with a 3.7 gpa.
Government standards are a smoke screen for government control.
Writing for the majority, Justice McReynolds declared that the Act "unreasonably interferes with the liberty of parents and guardians to direct the upbringing and education of children under their control."
Check Article VIII of Oregon's Constitution. If you don't agree with it, find enough like minded voters and change it. Don't make ridiculous proclamations clearly not supported by any documentation.
While our building codes are for the public's and your safety; governmental "education's" purpose is now to employ "educators" and produce mindless sheeple dipped in the "oil of PC" and to allow only coloring inside the lines as approved BY the government. Godless schools (unless you're a moose-limb) and tolerance of the homosexual agenda and their perversions are two such examples od "educators" "preparing" our kids for life. The ecological green weenies, anti-gun nuts, and feminist nazis are also adding their own special charms to the public schools as well. No wonder people need to teach their own kids.
My advice: don't let the government know you have children!
So you're telling me that every homeschooler is a teacher with a college degree in education, licensed as such by the state in which the teaching takes place?
Exactly right. When Americans find out what this really is, there will be a massive rebellion if there isn't a massive lawsuit first.
The amendment simply says that government shall provide free public schools. Very well. It does not say that anyone else has to live up to their standards. It does not say that anyone has to attend these "public free schools." It does not mandate that public schools are the benchmark that homeschoolers must live up to.
It is a legitimate function of parents.
You don't need documentation to express a philosophy. I too believe that education isn't a legitimate role for government... that you can find a state constitution that includes it only makes it legal, it doesn't make it right.
As for "ridiculous proclamations," well... I think I've said enough already.
See, you've already bought into the big lie. Do you feed your children at home, or do you send them to a licensed nutritionist with a college degree? Have you ever met an Education major? Lord help us if you think a college degree and state license in education means anything.
Hey Joe! If homeschoolers produce the academic cream of the crop, meeting government standards would dumb them down. Homeschoolers already exceed government standards. By forcing HSers to comply with govt sub-standards, they are opening the door to home visits. Now either the homosexual and pro-aborts' penumbran constitutional right to privacy exists or it doesn't. If it exists, HSers have the same right. If it doesn't, time to overturn Roe v. Wade and push the Hsexers back into the closet.
For what it's worth, John Adams said in 1776, "Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially of the lower class of people, are so extremely wise and useful that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant."
I doubt he ever thought that those who provide their children an adequate education at home would become criminals, however.
Hmmm. You're apparently one such teacher.
I suspected so based on your point of view, but your relative proficiency in critical thinking was a dead giveaway.
Substitute Medicine for education in your statement and reconsider. Do you have a right to remove your child's appendix because you are their parent? You think nothing of educating your child yourself but wouldn't dream of practicing medicine on them.