Friday, March 07, 2008

Please sign petition to preserve home school rights in California

A California state appellate court ruled February 28, 2008, that it is illegal for parents to teach their children at home without a teaching certificate. For all practical purposes home schooling is not a legal educational option any longer for California families.

Justice H. Walter Croskey and the two other members of the 2nd District Court of Appeals in California's San Diego county signed an opinion which stated, "Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children." Reversing historic gains, California parents are once again in a head-to-head battle to protect their rights to home school.

Please sign the petition to preserve home school rights in California located on the Home School Legal Defense Association site. This is a question of school choice.

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family has condemned the ruling. Focus on the Family said:
A state appeals court has decided California parents without teaching credentials do not have a right to home-school their children.

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 case before them involved one couple — the ruling should have been confined to that one couple, not used to punish an entire class of people, the vast majority of them religious conservatives.”

According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, California is set to become the only state to deny the vast majority of home schooling parents their fundamental right to teach their children at home. The group will file an amicus brief in the case.

Dr. Dobson said Focus on the Family will do whatever it can to get the ruling overturned and to restore the basic rights of parents in California to determine how their children are educated.

“This is an all-out assault on the family, and it must be met with a concerted effort to defend parents and their children,” he said. “We will team with key allies and use every means at our disposal to make sure that not just every Californian, but every American, is aware of this miscarriage of justice. We will encourage them, by the hundreds of thousands, to make their voices heard on this matter.

"And we’re hopeful that, in the end, common sense and legal sanity will prevail.”

Dr. Dobson will discuss the ruling on his Friday radio broadcast.

Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said the court's timing is horrible.

"This takes away recourse from thousands of parents in California who want to escape the government-enforced indoctrination in public schools," she said. "The Legislature recently passed a law that basically ensures that students get a one-sided, positive portrayal of homosexuality and same-sex 'marriage.' "

We are asking concerned citizens across America to sign a petition asking the state Supreme Court to "depublish" the case, which means to apply the case to the family involved — not to all California families.
Please support parents' rights to educate their children at home.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My experience with home schoolers is mostly from helping to organize them for political campaigns back when I worked for Ralph Reed's Christian Coalition in the 1990s.

The home schoolers are mostly WHITE, mostly Christian, mostly conservative and Republican. I can see why the Leftist leaning government in California, especially their Judiciary, see the home schoolers as a threat to their propaganda intensive agenda. After all, home schooled children can out think the muddled brains that come out of the public indoctrination system.

These home schooled kids have actually read the Constitution AND understand it! They can also do math, so they can see right through the Left's propaganda about free everything for everybody. The home schoolers are clearly a threat to those whose political agenda is based on a dumbed-down citizenry.

As for Teacher Certification: If one examines what goes into the typical teaching certificate, it is just more indoctrination into the ways of the teacher's unions. There is no value added to the teacher and there is no need for anyone to be "certified" to teach.

In my case, I find it ironic that with a Master's degree, I have been able to teach at three colleges, but since I have no "teacher's certificate" I cannot teach a single class in high school.

As for home schoolers, if one examines the most popular curricula in use, anyone who can read can effectively guide the student through the material. Most programs now offer online or consultants by phone, so I see no basis, other than the political motivation, for California to act against home schoolers.