Monday, August 11, 2008

Ill wind blows for homeschooling - part 2? part 3? Where does it end?

I have written several posts lately about how there is a chill in the air regarding homeschooling in the last few months.

Well, the People's Republic of the District of Columbia has decided to spread its tentacles over the homeschool community by requiring parents to be approved by the state board each year in order to be allowed to home school, along with other restrictions and increased regulations.

Incredibly, they claim that they based their decisions on more than "2,800 e-mails and written comments and 400 phone calls" from homeschool supporters around the country.

"The participation of the homeschooling community was a very significant component of this process. The voice of the community helped to ensure that we approved regulations which are sound and balanced," D.C. State Board of Education president Robert Bobb said.

Say what? That is like saying they received over 2,800 emails and 400 phone calls from gun owners who were not satisfied with the restrictions on gun purchases and ownership. Or 2,800 emails and 400 phone calls from abortion advocates who were urging them to support the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Sound and balanced. Right.

People home school for many reasons, but one of the things that keeps us going is having the state off our backs and the freedom to teach our children according to the dictates of our own consciences. Freedom, not restriction.

You can read the article from the title link or here.

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