Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Parade magazine and homeschooling

All of us who homeschool are familiar with the California Supreme Courts' recent decision against homeschooling. Due to appeals and massive public outcries, the case will be heard again in the next month and could affect homeschool laws across the nation. I am sure the Court will come to it's senses and realize that parents do indeed have a constitutional right to homeschool their children.

On the liberal NEA lovin' side of things, Parade magazine is currently running an on-line article and poll on the subject. Here's a quote from their blatantly left review.

“If upheld, the California ruling will send shock waves nationwide,” says Richard Kahlenberg, the author of a number of books on education. He says the case “pits those who believe parental rights are paramount against those who place a premium on well-educated citizens.”

Apparently those of us who believe parental rights are important are not also capable of believing in the importance of well-educated citizens. Excuse me? Why do you think we give up our lives to educate our children at home? Because we believe without a doubt that we are doing what is in the best interest of our children. Parental rights and well-educated children are not in opposition to one another, but rather two sides of the same coin. We are exercising our rights as parents to choose and as a result will turn out citizens fully capable of not only handling the next generation, but doing a far better job than is currently being done.

Parade's on-line poll asks, "Should parents need teaching credentials to homeschool their kids?" The results? An overwhelming 96% said no! If you haven't yet, take a minute to vote and allow your voice to be heard. We must continue to send messages to the naysayers of homeschooling that we are not uneducated, lazy people who can't read above a third grade level ourselves and could never hope to give our kids a "good" education without the proper training or more importantly government involvement.

Give me a break!

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