While you are going about your day, homeschooling your children and taking care of your other family responsibilities – minding your own business – do you realize there are still people in this country who believe you should be in jail for homeschooling your own children? If you think I’m exaggerating, read some of the comments that were posted in response to the New York Times op-ed piece I wrote last year.
It’s staggering that while study after study proves that homeschoolers not only excel academically, but also are much more “socialized,” (i.e. they participate in politics, community events, charitable organizations, etc. at a greater level than public-schooled kids) there are still individuals and groups in this country who would ban homeschooling if they could.
And do you want to know why? It’s simple, really. On the one hand, it’s about money and power. When parents decide to take responsibility for their child’s education it means there’s less money in the “system” for the bureaucracies that keep running via “other people’s money.” The National Education Association, aka the teacher’s union, is one of these bureaucracies that can only be sustained by demanding (and unfortunately, maintaining) a monopoly on the education system in this country. While they will pay lip service to wanting children to get a good education, it’s simply not true. And if you think I’m wrong, just suggest to your local NEA chapter that parents should be able to get vouchers to send their child to any school they want: whether public, private or homeschooling. Now I am not commenting here on the voucher debate, per se. I’m only saying that the mere suggestion to the teachers’ union that their monopoly on our education system might be jeopardized inevitably results in their launching into attack mode. They will spew lies and slander with a venom that must be seen to be believed. If you doubt me, check into what happened in Wisconsin and Florida when the governors of those states proposed minimal changes in teachers’ contracts, in order to avoid having to lay-off hundreds, if not thousands, of teachers.
Those governors were also trying to balance their state budgets which, in Florida at least, is required by state statute. But we shouldn’t let a little thing like a state budget stand in the way of the power brokers at the NEA, who continue to demand more and more control over our nation’s children.
There is also a deeper, more insidious reason that some want homeschooling to be banned. This world we live in is in a struggle between light and darkness…good and evil. It has been going on ever since the Garden of Eden and it will continue until the Messiah – Jesus Christ – returns to establish his kingdom once and for all. Until then, those who harbor a hatred for Christ and his Truth as revealed in his Word will continue to battle. And one of the primary battlegrounds is the hearts and minds of our children.
Don’t be fooled by those who say they want the best for your children, yet would go behind your back to help your child obtain an abortion without your knowledge. Don’t be fooled by those who say they care about families, but continue to implement policies that give the government more power, and parents less.
As I said, it’s insidious…because who can argue with someone who says, “It’s for the children!” But the truth is, generally speaking, it’s parents who want what’s best for their children. It’s parents who are willing to sacrifice, even their own lives if necessary, to provide for and care for their children.
But there has been a movement going on in this nation for a century or more, that wants to decide what your children are taught. They will tell you that as a Christian you have no right to tell your children that there is such a thing as right and wrong. That if you teach your child that certain lifestyles are sinful, you are a “hatemonger” and that your children would be better off being raised by someone else.
At the time I was writing the original draft of this post, there was a battle going on in Canada over legislation that would have mandated that homeschooling parents could not teach Christian values during the hours their child was considered to be “in school.” Canadian officials also wanted to require that homeschooling parents, including Christian homeschooling parents, teach their children what these officials term “tolerance” of “diverse” lifestyles. Fortunately, that legislation was defeated. But it was an example of how some bureaucrats and politicians believe they know what’s best when it comes to raising your children, and more than that, they believe they have the right to impose their beliefs on your family.
It’s funny how we’re always told that Christians want to impose their beliefs on others, when the fact is Western governments in supposedly free countries have been consistently, for decades, encroaching on the rights of Christians to raise their children according to Christian principles.
Moreover, there are some in our society who have had almost carte blanche to remove children from their parents on the flimsiest of excuses. No reasonable person wants to see children abused. But for social workers to be able to go to a family’s home, insist on strip-searching their children and then force parents to “prove” that they aren’t abusers, on the basis of some anonymous tip, is beyond the pale. Frankly, I believe the actions some social workers have taken against homeschooling families is tantamount to child abuse. There are homeschooling children who are now terrified of police because they saw mommy or daddy taken away in handcuffs in spite of the fact that there were no legitimate allegations against these parents. If you don’t believe me, you need to read some of the files on the Home School Legal Defense Association’s website. For that matter, you can take a look right now at a case HSLDA has recently taken on behalf of a homeschooling family where a mother, who had just given birth, was escorted out of the hospital by police simply for asking questions about her newborn baby’s health. The conduct of the employees of this hospital and the social worker they called in are inexcusable, and I hope this family receives a very favorable result in their suit which amounts in the millions of dollars. I really do. Because it’s not until it hurts some people in the pocketbook that they will treat parents with the respect they are due.
Likewise, there was another case recently of a boy who had been treated for cancer, whose tests showed he was cancer-free, yet doctors wanted to force his parents to continue treating him with drugs that aren’t even approved for children. These parents have been going through hell not only because their child was fighting cancer, but also because the powers-that-be think they know what is best for our children.
I have said all this to say: our right to homeschool will only be secure as long as we are vigilant. There are countries in this world, and I don’t mean China and Iran, I mean countries like Germany and Sweden, where homeschooling is still illegal and parents are going to jail and having their children removed from their homes simply because they want to homeschool them. (And, believe it or not, the Obama administration is fighting against a German homeschooling family that was granted asylum in the U.S. in 2010. Parents in Germany face fines, jail time and/or the removal of their children if they choose to homeschool. The Romeikes were granted asylum in the U.S. but face being deported back to Germany simply because the Obama administration is more concerned with appealing to their friends in the NEA than they are concerned with the freedom of a homeschooling family that simply wants to live and homeschool in peace.)
Thomas Jefferson is credited with saying, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Whether or not Jefferson ever said that has no bearing on the fact that the statement is, indeed, true! If we want to continue to homeschool, or for that matter, to parent our children according to our beliefs, we must be vigilant. One way you can be vigilant is to help in the fight to pass a Parental Rights Amendment to our Constitution. From the time I launched this website in May of 2010, I have had a banner ad in my right side-bar with a link to Parentalrights.org. This organization is dedicated to the passage of an amendment to our Constitution which is the only way we can guarantee that the erosion of parental rights that is taking place around the world, and in our country, does not permanently take away our freedoms. The threat to parental rights is real, and growing. The current administration is committed to the passage of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child which, if it is ratified, will have the same force of law as our Constitution. The only way to keep international courts from telling us what we can and can’t teach our children is to pass the Parental Rights Amendment which will have the full force of constitutional rights behind it.
By the way, in regards to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, one of the “rights” that the U.N. is pushing is the right of children as young as 10 to have “sexual freedom.” That’s right, I said ten. And the teacher’s union – the NEA – wholeheartedly supports this. I kid you not. I have talked on this site before about the NEA’s work at the U.N. where they testified that they want young children taught about sexuality in the most graphic of terms.
So I am asking you to do something. Just one thing. Go to Parentalrights.org and sign up to receive their e-mails. Educate yourself about the erosion of parental rights. And then if you feel led to act, and I hope you will, consider donating of your time and/or resources to support this critical legislation. I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to trust other people’s “good intentions” when it comes to my children’s welfare. I’m the parent, and I intend to fight for the right to raise these children in the way I see fit.
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