What Is Wrong With Home-Schooling?

 If you haven’t heard, a high court in the State of California has ruled that parents who home-school their children are violating the law. The court stated that parents must have their kids enrolled in public schools until they are 18 years of age. As you can imagine, this has angered parents, politicians, and conservative advocates.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on March 8, 2008, that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger adamantly disagreed with the courts ruling. “Every California child deserves a quality education, and parents should have the right to decide what’s best for their children,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.

I say amen to that and commend the Governor for taking such a strong stance in support of parents. In this day of increased regulation, taxation and continued government intrusion into our personal lives, this one really tops the lot! When the government starts telling us how to raise our children, it is a clear sign that we have an out of control institution. I was speaking with a mother today who explained to me that exposing her children to some of the ills of the public school system was not what she wanted for her children. This is very understandable in a day and age when shootings, knifings, and physical attacks at schools are at an all time high.

Is it any wonder that nationwide test scores continue to decline and the United States still ranks extremely low educationally when compared to Asian and European students. The Department of Education is a failed wing of our out of control bureaucracy that has no real plan to improve the education of our children. School districts across the country are under-funded, teachers are treated like second-rate babysitters, and accountability is a word reserved for the dictionary; not school administrators.

So my final analysis leads me to believe that those parents who wish to home-school their children are indeed doing them a great service. Not all teachers are bad and I commend those who choose to practice the profession-in fact, I myself had explored teaching and maybe someday I will. However, the world we live in today is one that presents challenges that our children shouldn’t have to face. If a parent chooses to not expose their children to many of the tribulations our society has to offer, we should support them, not condemn them.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008 Government

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