Parents Don’t Know What’s Best for Their Kids

7 03 2008

Filed under: Religion, Politics, Christianity, Homeschool, California appeals court

Forget the debate on school vouchers. A California appeals court ruled yesterday that parents without proper teaching credentials cannot legally homeschool their children. This is absolute constitutional blasphemy (full opinion here in pdf).

The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling could affect up to 200,000 home-schooled students in the state.

“The court is guilty of an imperious assault on the rights of parents,” said Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family. “How dare these judges have the audacity to label tens of thousands of parents criminals — the equivalent to drug dealers or pickpockets — because they want to raise and educate their children according to their deeply held values?

The ruling overturned an earlier opinion by a Superior Court that found that “parents have a constitutional right to school their children in their own home.” But in his opinion, California Justice H. Walter Croskey assumes the “ruse of enrolling [children] in a private school and then letting them stay home and be taught by a non-credentialed parent,” applies to all homeschooled children in the state instead of isolated incidents.

Case law by federal and the U.S. Supreme Court have established that parents have a fundamental right to guide their children’s education. The lower court judge was correct in his ruling that parents have a constitutional right to oversee the education of their children and it was overturned by a liberal, breathingist judge. Thankfully, an appeal has already been filed on behalf of the school.

Any remaining cover concealing the blatant, liberal agenda of the education elite in this country has just been blown. There is no doubt that the humanist educators that control our public schools do not believe parents know what is best for their children. Ever since prayer was removed from schools, the level and severity of problems in schools has steadily increased. While chewing gum and talking in class used to be the only issues a teacher saw, school shootings, teen pregnancy, and abortion are now common place concerns.

And this three-judge panel in California would like to propose the answer is to strip the homeschooling rights of parents. The definition of insanity is doing the same stupid thing over and over and expecting a different result…

Michelle Malkin
has a good roundup.

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