An appeal went forward in a California court yesterday that is not getting much coverage, but should serve as a wake-up call to everyone, particularly parents. That appeal was brought forward by a higher court to tell a juvenile court to reverse it’s decision in letting a California family, the Longs, continue homeschooling their children. The juvenile court had ruled it was their “belief that parents have a constitutional right to school their children in their own home”. A three judge panel on the higher court disagreed saying that parents don’t have a constitutional right to homeschool their children. California Law currently requires parents to send their children to full-time public or private schools or be taught at home by credentialed tutors. If parents do not have teaching credentials (wouldn’t they be teaching in schools if they did?) and do not send their children to school, the children will be considered truant and the parents prosecuted. This will affect about 166,000 children.
One of the three judges wrote that “the primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation as a means of protecting the public welfare”. YOU’VE GOT TO KIDDING!? Public schools are teaching patriotism and loyalty to state!? How many of them even let kids recite the Pledge of Allegiance anymore? And news flash to the court – I thought schools taught the 3 Rs – reading, writing and arithmetic. That seems like a much better primary purpose. Unfortunately, as we watch test scores continue to fall and most teenagers walking around like blithering idiots (Um, like you know my BFF made me LOL and INSWIA –translation: I’m Not Sure What I’m Talking About) we can see that public education is only having success with the Teacher’s Union and indoctrinating these kids into America haters who continue there liberal education in college – if they can even get admitted to a college. And from personal experience, I got by easy in high school and entered college with no study skills whatsoever.
Michael Smith, the president of the Home Schooling Defense Association, said the ruling would effectively ban homeschooling in the state. Leslie Heimov, executive director of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, supports the decision and said that children “being in a place daily where they would be observed by people who had a duty to ensure their ongoing safety” is a good thing. Although I agree that the Long family appear to be crackpots, should all California residents be denied the opportunity to give their children a great education that the public schools don’t provide. Many people cannot afford to send their children to private institutions either and homeschooling seems to be an attractive alternative.
Homeschooling must be working because Harvard has enough homeschoolers enrolled that they have an all-homeschooler dorm. Unfortunately, the dorm is not really a positive thing in that homeschooled freshman are forced to stay there and go through a program called “Fitting In”. This program includes trips to public places (you know those crazy homeschooling parents keep their kids locked up) so they can meet people from other socio-economic backgrounds, parties where they learn to have meaningless conversations (also known as Beer 101 and Beer-Goggling 200), they have tests on popular slang (see the above reference to teen lingo), and lessons on how to “hang out”. If only these kids could just be indocrinated idiots, it would be so much easier – oh the humanity!
The California Constitution in Article 9, Sec. 1 does say, “A general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence being essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people, the Legislature shall encourage by all suitable means the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral and agricultural improvement.” So I guess suitable means will be throwing parents into jail. And since California is unholding its part of the Constitution … What a joke!