Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Homeschool news

We have all heard a little bit about the news of homeschooling troubles in California. It's illegal, got overturned by it's not illegal. So What is the final outcome?
A California appeals court has ruled homeschooling of children illegal unless their parents have teaching credentials from the state. (The court overturned a lower courts finding that homeschooling did not constitute a violation o child welfare laws.)
This leaves the roughly 166,000 homeschooling children's parents at risk of arrest and criminal prosecution. ((you might take a moment to remind yourself that this is in America,,, not some other country were the government leaders are dictators!))
Justice H. Walter Croskey said, "parents do not have Constitutional right to homeschool their children." Croskey also wrote, " A primary purpose of the educational system is to train children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation."
According to executive director of Children's Law Center of Los Angels, Leslie Heimov,(whom is pleased with the court findings) "Children should not be educated at home, because they need to be - in a place daily where they would be observed by people who had a duty to ensure their ongoing safety."

I guess I don't understand why parents can't teach "citizenship, patriotism, and loyalty". And what is that about "observing to ensure their safety"?? How do they figure that it is not a Constitutional Right? Is this for real? This should outrage Americans, even if you don't homeschool. What are each of us going to do about this??? It could be your children next, and maybe what you feel is best for your children or family will be judged unconstitutional.

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