Thursday, March 06, 2008

Ruling Seen As A Threat To Many Home-Schooling Families

by Seema Mehta and Mitchell Landsberg - March 6th, 2008 - Los Angeles Times

Parents who lack teaching credentials cannot educate their children at home, according to a state appellate court ruling that is sending waves of fear through California's home schooling families.

Advocates for the families vowed to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Enforcement until then appears unlikely, but if the ruling stands, home-schooling supporters say California will have the most regressive law in the nation.

The brain-washing advocates of America's education establishment are determined that no one will be allowed to avoid their brain-washing clinics (America's public schools). Educators deny that parents should have any significant say in how and what their children are taught. Teachers today are told repeatedly in "education" colleges that their job is to re-educate childen into a political ideology. Our schools have become politicized. The question for the courts is whether this polticized education system will be tolerated, or whether those parents who want a say in what their children learn shall be freed from its pernicious consequences.


At 7:09 PM, Blogger liz said...

Their are many of school's in California, some are good and others are not so good. I am a mother of three teenagers, i think its a crying shame when school's will turn the other cheek when it comes to school bullies and gangs. I think that every parent has the right to pull their son or daughter out, to put them in a positive environment, ware they will get the education to learn. children will not have to worry about looking over their shoulder's wondering if some thing bad will happened to them. And as far as public school's go, they get paid for every student that is occupying a seat, this is why they are trying to stop home school programs. And who is the idiot who says's a parent is not capable of teaching? just because a parent is not certified to teach doesn't mean we can not teach our children, if this is the case why do we hold diploma's. ware is our education then?? PARENTS NEED TO STAND TOGETHER AND FIGHT.

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Home schooling is an excellent alternative to public education that cannot teach religion or moral values based on a higher authority. In addition the fewer children in ratio to teachers leads to a much better education. I have a son who had a learning disability and ADD. I wish I had home schooled him. The social skills he "learned" were all negative. Home schooling would have allowed me to teach him one on one, he could still have played t ball and soccer with all of the other kids. Then the school would not have labeled him as "psycho" and his education may not have been such an uphill climb. If it would have helped him, any normal child should prosper. Admittedly there are those who "home school" their children so they don't have to deal with truancy. But it is no reason to outlaw homeschooling.

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Jerome Ennis said...

This ruling is typical of a politicized court that supports the National Politicized Educactional agenda being dicatated by blackmail by that dictatorial U.S. Dept. of (Mis-)Education. The perversions and other abnormal "politically correct" garbage in the public schools nationwide is a disgrace to this once great nation that once, and not too long ago, had a great education system that actually taught children how to read, write, do math, and also taught respect and responsibility, and self discipline. Now, the schools, cannot even teach the basics. This is a time in our nation when we should demand that communities be allowed to "TAKE BACK THEIR COMMUNITIES AND SCHOOLS." I, myself, am a Master's leve certified teacher. I graduated high school in 1966 in a small public school in a small town in Alabama. During grade school, I attended a little school, grades 1 thru 8. There were two groups of kids in first, second, etc. on through 8th grade. There was an average of about 20 to 25 students in each classroom. Many of our text books had missing pages, missing covers, and some writing in them; our teachers had some chalk and a chalk board; we had paper and pencils, and everyone of us learned how to read, write, and do math and by the time we reached high school age, we were prepared to go on to high school with the skills and discipline to succeed.

While I was in college at Auburn University preparing to be a teacher, and later in graduate school, we learned that schools ought to be kept in communities where students live. We learned that when schools get bigger than about 400 students, that education goes down and behavior and other problems go up. We learned that education was meant to be a community affair, and that the only thing that state or federal government was to do was to see that these schools were funded. The state nor federal government was to dictate curriculum or anything else to do with local educational matters, including Universities which were state concerns. The Federal government now mandates and dictates by blackmail their own agenda. You ask, "Blackmail" or "Dictate?" Well, here is how that works. "The U.S. Dept. Of Mis-Ed says, we suggest this or that, but if you do not do what we suggest, we withhold your federal funds." The states follow suit with the same blackmail. We need to disband the U.S. Dept. of Ed., the State Boards of Ed. and put schools and control back in the communities where the children and parents live, and there would not be too many other schools and home schools to deal with. Parents take their kids out these public cespool schools because they, as parents, have the right and responsibility to protect their children from emotional, psychological, physical and other forms of abuse and indoctrination into the political model of the socialist state. We, as Americans better wake up. Starting by taking back our schools is a beginning. Meantime, parents ought to continue to withdraw their children from the public indoctrination and mis educations centers that we call Public Schools.

Thanks, M. Jerome Ennis, MAed
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

At 7:45 PM, Blogger Denise said...

Any comparison of homeschooled students versus those educated in the shame zone of public schools would expose just how outrageous the ruling by the CA appeals court is. Parents who are willing to set aside the most productive years of their lives to take on the God given responsibility to educate their children academically, socially, and morally are to be applauded and their rights upheld in every court across this land.
In addition to being an increasingly politicized entity, many schools are not much more than an holding pen until the children are properly desensitized by the searing onslaughts of their fellow mates, and dumbed down by the boring and vacuous memorize disconnected bits of half truth style education offered in many public institutions. Once throughly gutted of the ability to think critically and enraged by the treatment by fellow students they are ready to make war on the world. Ripe for the military machine; Because the education many are recieving is preparing them for nothing else. And it seems that those in Washington are happy with the status quo, because if they weren't, they would do something about it!!!
There are tremendous opportunities for a quality education at a fraction of the cost available to those who are willing to homeschool their children. Innumerable curriculums with lesson plans and answer keys for the grammar phase of education, and many high quality online schools that require little more than a parent to supervise and enforce the completion of schedualed work to be graded by online teachers.
I'm a single mom. I've homeschooled my two sons for 8 years. Both of them have been accepted into quality educational institutions because of the arduous work spent homeschooling them. Do I sound outraged? I am.

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Rocko said...

interesting that the "legal system" should want the homeschooled children in a public school so that the teachers can "monitor" them for abuse by their parents.........and who, may we ask, are monitoring the public school teachers to make sure THEY aren't abusing our children????

At 12:55 AM, Blogger Bill said...

The question is what are we, as a society, trying to achieve in the education of our children. Home schooled kids score above average on state test, they score above average on national test, they win national spelling bees, math bees, geography bees, science bees, & every other kind of bee. They go on to be successful in college. They become productive citizens, the have healthier family lives, they don't get in trouble with the law, & they don't end up on having babies young & end up on welfare. There are exceptions, of course, but this is well documented. Home schooling is more effective than the public school system.
This is a classic case of judicial activism. These judges used poor...judgement.
The reason that home schooling is on the rise & the reason so many people are pulling their kids out of the public school system is because the public school system is failing our children terribly. People are willing to pay high tuitions for private schools, over & above the school taxes they pay for public schools, to protect their kids & get them the education they deserve. The schools have little order. There is violence, chaos, a sexually charged atmosphere, & a complete lack of authority. The schools spend most of their time & effort pushing social ideology, while American kids fall behind every other industrialized nation in fundamental math, science, & writing skills. Plus, the public school system, an entity of the government, has moved into the arena of teaching morality. The government & the public school system has NO! business teaching morality! It's up to parents, families, churches, etc. to pass their values on to their children. Even if I disagree with the values my neighbor is teaching his children, it is not anyone else's business. If the schools would return to the business of educating kids & recreate a safe environment for them to learn, then there wouldn't be this mass exodus from the schools.
Besides, this isn't China, Cuba, or Iran. this is The United States of America. If a parent wants to teach their child at home & they are able to teach all the required curriculum to meet state standards, then they damn well ought to be able to make that choice!

At 9:47 AM, Blogger cleo said...

Remember '1984' Orwell. Apparently there aren't enough brainwashed and hypnotized citizens; they need more conscripts.


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