Homeschooling in Jeporady?

There appears to be ominous times ahead for homeschoolers in the U.S.A. if this California case stands. A family has been denied the right to homeschool their children, according to the court:

“… children in one homeschool family must be enrolled in a public school or “legally qualified” private school, and must attend, …”

One does need to ignore the statement that it is several children in this family-it is only two, but even if it was only one, this should still be cause for concern.

I do not know what circumstances brought this family to the attention of child advocates, but even if there was something heinous going on, that does not mean that they should clamp down on all homeschoolers. What happens in California is important, because what happens there sets precedents for what happens across the nation. You can bet that if this decision is not overturned, it is going to be open season on homeschoolers in California, before the hunt spreads across the nation.

I find this part of the decision interesting indeed:

“We agree … ‘the educational program of the State of California was designed to promote the general welfare of all the people and was not designed to accommodate the personal ideas of any individual in the field of education.'”

Here we have people admitting that education is not interested in the individual, which is contrary to what the educational establishment wants us to believe.

It is a lie to say that the educational program was not designed to accommodate the ideas of any one person in the field. Since all public educational programs were designed by the ideas of Horace Mann and John Dewey, the program was indeed designed by certain individuals.

I wonder if the child advocates in this case asked the children what they wanted? If they did not, then they can’t be called child advocates. How can you advocate for someone if you don’t know what they want?

Even worse, if they did ask the children what they wanted and then ignored the children’s wishes, that still is not advocating for them.

The HSLDA has:

“…experts…analyzing the impact of the decision.” A spokesperson said that this is a very unfortunate decision.

That is an understatement. It doesn’t appear to me that they need too long to figure out what the impact of the decision is.

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