The Peoples’ Republik of Kalifornia Rejects Parents’ Rights on Education

In a court decision handed down on February 28, A California Appellate court officially rejected a parent’s right to homeschool his or her own child(ren), without a teaching certificate.

Now, since the evidence has shown that, even without state interference, homeschool students do as well or better than most public school students on standardized tests, a thinking individual might well wonder what the State’s stake is in this type of legislation, or the Court’s, in allowing it.  Clearly, it has nothing to do with academics.

 But what about socialization?  The ruling, cited above, did mention something about homeschoolers missing out on basic socialization opportunities, which could be harmful to their young minds — right?  But, study after study is showing, not only is the idea that homeschoolers aren’t well socialized apparently a myth, but some studies even make the argument that homeschoolers are better socialized.

 Indeed, if one were to simply read the published court decision, it would appear that the judges couldn’t be bothered to do any actual research on the subject at all.  Or, for that matter, the California Legislature.  A thinking person might also wonder why, when making a legislative decision, the Assembly wouldn’t do the research.  It only took me a few minutes on Google, and here I have links to peer-reviewed studies and journals, all of which seem to suggest that, on average, homeschoolers do just fine.

And here, I think, we find the heart of the matter.  Control.  As with nearly anything the Left makes a decision on, the core of said decision is made up entirely of Control.  And if the facts don’t bear out any sort of justification for the legislative action, then facts be damned.  They just turn to the Courts instead.

Wake up, people.  This ought to bother you.  This ought to anger you.  This ought to make you understand what it is we’re dealing with here.  It’s gone beyond good intentions.  This is about freedom, plain and simple — and those who would strip it from us.

-Streu-

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2 Responses to “The Peoples’ Republik of Kalifornia Rejects Parents’ Rights on Education”

  1. Tunya Audain Says:

    Rights are not freely granted top-down by some government authority.
    It is only when people feel inalienable rights in their bones can they assert them proudly and openly. Parents should not be meek and humble as supplicants and petitioners in face of government heavy handedness.
    Parents have choice in how their children are to be educated, publicly, privately, or at home. This ruling in California is so feudal it sticks out as an outrage in a democracy.
    Furthermore, it is parents’ duty to educate their children. School laws across the free world state that. Only in totalitarian countries is home education not permitted.
    The first School Laws in America (1642) underlie the system to this day: “Universal education of youth is essential to the well-being of the State. The obligation to furnish this education rests primarily upon the parents.”
    Parent groups should evolve their own Charter of Parent Rights statements and educate their members about what is decent and proper in this day and age. I am providing a link to such a statement, compiled in 1977 in Canada, and which can serve as a good starting point for others.
    I was heavily involved in Home Education causes in the 80’s and do know such statements empower parents to confidently do what is right by their children.
    http://www.theschoolsweneed.com/forums/attachments/43.pdf
    Tunya Audain

  2. Tunya Audain Says:

    As a grandmother of the early home education movement in North America, naturally I was concerned about the recent court ruling in California which basically criminalized about 200,000 home schooling parents lacking teaching credentials. Hopefully, if it is not overturned by the Supreme Court, Governor Schwarzenegger has promised legislative remedy: “Parents should not be penalized for acting in the best interests of their children’s education.”

    I am very impressed by the extent and depth of feeling and outrage expressed by supporters. But, I am disappointed at the hostility and shallowness of those who are opposed, either out of self-interest (teacher unions) or basic intolerance. (Just Google California home schooling ruling…)

    It is because this case even came up in 2008, and because the hostility and threat can be reasserted at any time, that I would like you to read my publication in 1987 which was useful in two ways: 1) to encourage home educators, and 2) to put the education establishment on notice about the legality and imperatives driving this movement. In the article I quote John Holt as saying: “Today freedom has different enemies. It must be fought for in different ways. It will take very different qualities of mind and heart to save it.”

    Published in a prestigious educator magazine, it carries weight to this day, often quoted.

    My history in home education goes back to 1972 when, after being credentialed from a Teachers College, I traveled with my children to Mexico to study under Ivan Illich of deschooling fame.

    There I met with John Holt. He knew I had two young children with me, ages 3 and 5, and asked if I would be enrolling them in school soon. I said I might educate them at home.
    He thought this was illegal, but I said I found from my readings at Teachers College that the “otherwise” clause in most Education Acts allowed it.
    He then commented that at least I would be qualified to do it, having obtained a teaching certificate. Again, I enlightened him with the fact that this was not a requirement.
    He then posed the thoughtful but predictable question about socialization, and we chatted about the various community opportunities available and the negative aspects of socialization that parents wanted to avoid.
    His parting comment was: “Smart City!”
    Using his mailing list which he used to encourage education reform, he soon embraced home education and in 1975 started a new publication, “Growing Without Schools.
    Meanwhile, Dr. Raymond Moore was spreading the word amongst his mainly Christian audience and paid frequent visits to Vancouver, especially when we held Home Learning Fairs.
    You can download the 5 page article: Home Education: the third option to see concerns of 20 years ago reappearing today……
    http://www.theschoolsweneed.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/543/Main/543/#Post543

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