A few days ago I received an email urging me to sign a petition calling for the depublishing of the decision that has been handed down by the 2nd District Court of Appeal in California. This ruling decrees that any parent (or other person) who teaches his children at home must have a valid teaching credential. Essentially, because of this intrusive law, home schooling has been banned in our state. I readily signed the petition. There are other calls for the reversing of this decision.
In what was branded by James Dobson as “an all-out assault on the family,” a California court of appeal handed down a decision on a secret juvenile case that effectively bans home schooling in the state of California by establishing criteria not met by most of the parents of California’s approximately 166,000 home schooled kids.
The court interpreted California’s compulsory education law (saying instructors must hold a “valid state teaching credential”) as meaning that parents have to have state teaching credentials to teach their children at home, even if they’re using independent study programs. And California is already facing an “emergency” situation with not nearly enough certified teachers. To make up for the shortage, many California teachers that do not have credentials passed a test to teach.
This ruling is not in the best interests of the children or even of the California schools. Even more importantly, this ruling is another egregious example of judicial activism.
From Human Events
In my opinion this is a ruling aimed not only against the family as Dr. Dobson has indicated, but this is an indictment against Christianity. Consider the following list of ways in which God has effectively been outlawed from the public schools:
•teachers may not show any religious bias
•the 10 commandments are forbidden
•public prayer is forbidden
•biology curricula can only discuss origins of life if they exclude any discussion of intelligent design
•the doctrine of original sin is excluded, even as public schools increasingly show evidence of it in the brutal behavior of students
•safe sex is being taught instead of sexual restraint
•condom distribution is common
•homosexuality is being taught as legitimate and those opposed to it as bigoted (as opposed to tolerated opinion)
list compiled by Creature PA.
Consider this writing by Dixie.
I am a U.S. citizen living in Germany. Here homeschooling is illegal and has been ever since Hitler set it up that way. He did it so that the state could control what children learn and grow and believe in his Nazi regime. Now the California is doing the same thing. Do you feel Big Brothers “boot” starting to crush you head yet…or do we have to wait until all our rights are given over to the government for our “protection and safety?”
We must continue to speak against government intrusion into our homes, within our churches and inside our family units. I should be the one responsible for my family–the government should not. It should be parents who decide what their children will eat, where they will study, and who will teach them. Washington or Sacramento should have no voice in those determinations.
Edit: 9:20 Monday morning
From Bethie’s blog, I brought over this dynamic quotation by our late President Ronald Reagan.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
My devotional blog is here.