Homeschooling Made Illegal

Time has an article about the recent illegalization of homeschooling in California. If you were to read through it, you would see that what was declared illegal is homeschooling by parents who are not accredited teachers.

So why are people outraged? They feel they have a constitutional right to do whatever the hell they want to their kids. They are the parents, so they know best. The article quotes the Governator,

Every California child deserves a quality education and parents should have the right to decide what’s best for their children. Parents should not be penalized for acting in the best interests of their children’s education. This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts and if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights then, as elected officials, we will.

Why should parents be able to decide what’s best for their children? What if what they think is best for their children isn’t at all? It seems to me that requiring children to be taught only by accredited  teachers is a good thing. How can you argue against that?

I think the reaction to the ruling is ridiculous, since the headlines and beginnings of these articles make it appear that homeschooling has been outlawed.  The opponents of this ruling make it appear that the government is making demands of parents that are unreasonable and bad for their children. The only thing this judge said was that children should not be taught by people who don’t know how to teach…

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  1. If I understand the ruling, correctly, it states: “It is clear to us that enrollment and attendance in a public full time day school is required by California law for minor children unless,” said the appellate court, “(1) the child is enrolled in a private full-time day school and actually attends that private school, (2) the child is tutored by a person holding a valid state teaching credential for the grade being taught, or (3) one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance (Ed. Code, § 48220 et seq.) applies to the child.”
    The key word above is: unless. And the key phrase is one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance.
    Here is “One of the other few statutory exemptions”:
    Qualify as a Private School by filing an annual affidavit with the Superintendent of Public Instruction between October 1 and 15.

    Court Documents:

    California Education Law:

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