Homeschooling: A Risk?

As a homeschool alumnus, I have heard many cases from across the world where parents were unjustly arrested or had their children taken from them simply because local school and government officials thought home-schooled children were being “mistreated” or are not being “properly educated.”  In fact, many European countries have laws intending to make homeschooling difficult for parents and therefore hurting the parents’ rights.  In Sweden, a law for education reform was passed to ensure that government determined in the types of classes and curriculum that were to be used. The effects of this law on home schoolers are simply despicable.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg. It only gets worse.

In some cases, the fight for homeschooling rights is being won. For instance, in Slovakia, parents have been able to legally homeschool their children since 2008. However, these rights constantly face the threat of being revoked by the government. When government is involved in child education, there is nothing to prevent parental rights from going down the drain. Parents lose the ability to decide what sort of education the child is to have, especially if the parent is considering homeschooling.

So how does this effect America?

Every year, my parents filed an affidavit to be an acknowledged private school, as is required by California state law for homeschoolers. However, that didn’t stop the local unified school district from sending threatening letters to our home stating that if a complaint was filed against our family they would promptly send Child Protection Services and the authorities to our door. Note the lack of definition when they say “complaint.” For the last nine years of my home education, until graduation, my family saw these letters at the beginning of every school year. Thankfully, my parents  continued to homeschool the Roberson kids.

In my last article, I mentioned that schools are no longer a place to learn mathematics, reading, and writing, but a place to push propaganda, including a recent incident in North Carolina. Frankly, if we don’t take a stance on the future of child education, I’m afraid we’re following in Europe’s footsteps. In fact, it seems to me that the government (most specifically those in the Democratic party) would love to see our education system follow that of Europe.

Additionally, keep your eye on the potential ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Every single clause of this treaty clearly defines government as the sole provider and decision-maker of a child’s education whether they are public-schooled or not. That’s right. Big Daddy Government will be in charge of making the decisions on how your lives (and in this case, the lives of your children) are to be run. Keep in mind, the UNCRC would also dictate how religious schools would be run as well. Still having the warm fuzzies for hope, change, and a happy standing with the U.N.?

Government is already making steps towards completely dictating education in America. It won’t be long before we begin to see a rise in court cases against parents seeking to avoid government interference.

Parents want a better option that has nothing to do with the government’s idea of education for their child. And when parents do take educating their kids into their own hands, government has a tendency to try and stop them. Since when is the government in charge of overseeing and dictating a child’s view on life? Last time I checked, that is the task and obligation of a parent. Will we let the nanny state expand so far as to take on the role of parenting as well? Something to think about…

Elissa Roberson // College of the Desert // @ElissaRoberson

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Comments

  1. 2alangroves says:

    Some of the smartest kids I know were homeschooled! And, with no surprise, they didn’t turn out to be “socially awkward,” disadvantaged, stupid, or government zombies…great article!

  2. Jacquie Juras says:

    I home school two children we adopted from foster care. They have challenges the public school traditionally does not tolerate. I am glad we live in Oklaholma, where it is written into our state constitution!!

  3. All the homeschool kids I know are more curious, better adjusted, and academically ahead of their public-school counterparts. IMO there are no better educators than parents.

  4. Here’s the National Education Association’s (the teacher’s union) dirty little secret:

    The “2000 Profile of College Bound Seniors,” a report from the College Board which administers the SAT, tracked what majors 10,280 Michigan high school students chose in college. The highest SAT scorers shunned education majors, the lowest scorers chose education majors. Of the 6 percent of students who selected education as a major, their average math score was 35 points below the state average and 26 points below in verbal scores. Would-be teacher majors tied with “home economics” majors.

    And the results of their performance are obvious, to the whole world:

    12/7/07 Washington Post: “The scores from the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment showed that U.S. 15-year-olds trailed their peers from many industrialized countries. The average science score of U.S. students lagged behind those in 16 of 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based group that represents the world’s richest countries. The U.S. students were further behind in math, trailing counterparts in 23 countries.”

    The NEA gives 95% of its political contributions socialists – I mean democrats, which tells you everything you need to know about government teachers’ political philosophy.

  5. One Size Fits Few says:

    Parents can be great teachers, and should have the opportunity if that is the case.

    In my area some parents just don’t want the “hassle” of their kids attending school, so they claim to home school them while doing very little educating. Balance is the key – all kids need the OPPORTUNITY of a GOOD public education. But they should not have to suffer a poor education due to dead-beat parents. Think of the vicious cycle: dead beat parent “teaches” kid…what will the kid likely become?

    Please don’t assume that all parents are as good as yours; you know they aren’t. Many kids desperately need public school. Also, kids need this social interaction, especially in rural/isolated areas.

  6. stephen.hoffman@hotmail.co.uk says:

    Very good article. Ultimately the state shouldn’t be deciding your education. Its up to individuals, communities and the family. They know best not the state. As for the UN words fail me.. they seem to have the unerring ability of making a problem, a full blown crisis.

    To sum up neither homeschooling or state education through a national curriculum should be imposed, as it would restrict individual choice. However when you have a state indoctrinating for instance when it comes to global warming, the balance needs to be redressed. It aint going to happen under Obama thats for sure!

  7. StephenHoffman IQ of 50 says:

    @stephen

    Are you kidding me about “indoctrinating” about global warming?

    I assume that you mean the public schools should focus MORE on the reality of global warming.

    …but it sounds like your opinions are about as good as your national soccer team…

  8. Stephen Hoffman says:

    No I’m not. Having gone two both private and state schools in the UK geography rather then you know learning about country’s geography was all about global warming. This is fine if the ubject was philosophy or ethics, but it wasn’t. Additionally, it would have been acceptable if the other side was looked at, but all we had was Al Gore’s inconvenient truth movie shoved down our throats, even though even many on the UN’s own climate change panel have seen this to be dodgy science. They could have provided us nwith resources from opposing points of views, such as Bjorn Lomborg’s book Cool it or Nigel Lawson’s a call to reason, but again they didn’t. In economics, geography and science, a narrartive was portrayed, where global warming became a religion with Al Gore it’s high priest. You even had a shocking example highlighted in the London Jewish News where a young left wing jewish actviitist compared Global Warming to the Holocaust.

    As for my soccer team, I’m proud to support my local team and not be a glory hunter. Oh and actually go to the games, rather than being an armchair prawn cocktail eating supporter! Do you even know where Watford is. We had a very succesfull player from the U.S. playing for us called Jay Demerit- I’m sure as he played in the 2010 world cup and against Brazil in 2008 you’ve heard of him!

    I call it as I see it, engage in the debate rather than resorting to name calling, which is pathetic and makes you seem like your acting like a child!

  9. They teach our kids that the Founders were racist, rich white guys, that capitalism is evil, that America is a brutal imperialist Great Satan and that we love to nuke human beings. Now this:

    1/9/12 WASHINGTON (AP) — Young elementary school students should use the proper names for body parts and, by the end of fifth grade, know that sexual orientation is “the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender,” according to new sexual education guidelines released Monday by a coalition of health and education groups.

    How long can a culture sustain assaults like this without civil war resulting?

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