MythBusters Case#18: Think The HomeSchool Battle Is Over? Think Again.
Some of us are old enough to remember when homeschooling in America was illegal, and for that matter, unheard of. Even private Christian schools were under great pressure from local and state governments to conform to stringent regulations. In view of such oppression, homeschooling looked like an impossible dream—an unreachable star. But in the 1980s some brave parents ventured out on a limb to pioneer this epic undertaking in the face of strong opposition in high places.
Necessity is not only the mother of invention; it is the mother of desperation. Some parents hit the panic button. Others caught a vision. The public school system was going down hill, academically, morally, and spiritually. It still is. Public school mediocrity is feeding the homeschool movement, which is growing in numbers, experience, and quality.
The record shows that the accusations of its critics are collapsing like a house of cards. On average, homeschooled students are running rings around their public “educated” counterparts. Now, who’s hitting the panic button? The worm is turning, but the opposition is rising once again!
A MYTH popular with the governing class and recently parroted by Attorney General Eric Holder holds that a law banning homeschooling entirely would violate no fundamental liberties.
Alert! Homeschooling families are again in danger, not only in Sweden and Germany, but right here in America. Attorney General Eric Holder has stated that a law that bans homeschooling entirely violates no fundamental liberties.
Michael Farris, Founder and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, has taken the case of the Romeike family (a German homeschooling family who fled to the United States for political asylum). He is opposing Holder’s attempt to deport them back to German oppression, where they face criminal prosecution with fines, jail sentences, and removal of the custody their of children.
May we ask you, Mr. Attorney General, whatever happened to that open invitation to those seeking political asylum at the foot of the Statue of Liberty penned by Emma Lazarus: “GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE”
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