Where else but California? For a lot of you, this will be the first time I’ve ever really addressed the issue of homeschooling, because frankly it’s not something I talk about to a lot of people.
I was homeschooled, and homeschooled in California at that. Additionally, my three other brothers were all homeschooled as well. The thing about California is that there is very much an anti-homeschooling movement in the government and among a lot of the people there as well; so that when I was growing up we had a lot of hoops that we had to jump through so that my parents could legally homeschool us.
Now, California has ruled that unless a parent has a teacher credential, they will not be allowed to homeschool their children.
Parents who lack teaching credentials cannot educate their children at home, according to a state appellate court ruling that is sending waves of fear through California’s home schooling families.
I need to make some extremely clear, because I do feel very passionate about this issue. Attacks on homeschooling are nothing short of tyranny by the state, because if the state says that you as a parent do not have a right to educate your own children as you see fit, they are one very small step away from deciding everything your children should be taught.
I don’t like making grand sweeping statements like that, but it’s true. Restricting homeschooling is a direct attack on the Bill of Rights, because the government in affect is telling you how your children should be educated. They are saying that you, the parent, unless you pass the state requirements to become a teacher, are not qualified to educate your child. You, the parent, unless you have the approval of the state, are not allowed to educate you child in your home.