Unexpected Surprise!

In a followup to Surprise! FOGHORN links to an article about how a California appellate court has ruled that parents without credentials cannot legally home-school their children:

“Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children,” wrote Justice H. Walter Croskey in a Feb. 28 opinion signed by the two other members of the district court. “Parents who fail to [comply with school enrollment laws] may be subject to a criminal complaint against them, found guilty of an infraction, and subject to imposition of fines or an order to complete a parent education and counseling program.”

This is a bit troubling, in an understated British sort of way.  As FOGHORN says:

And I know it’s a leap of logic, but: if you don’t have the constitutional right to home school your kids, I wonder if you have the constitution right to raise them at all. You might be doing it all wrong, you know. I’m guessing you lack credentials at that, too.

“Service to the State!”

Mr. Fu finds it interesting that this ruling demands that in California your children must be educated by the state.  A parent could always get the proper credentials you say?  And who hands out the credentials?  The state.  Hence, the state is the only place from which you derive any means of educating your children.

That tearing sound you hear is the US Constitution.  Once the State has control of the education of a big enough chunk of the populous, then the State will be the State in whatever form the State decides in which to maintain itself.

As one concerned parent stated:

“If I can’t home school my son in California, we’re going to have to end up leaving California. That’s how important it is to me.”

That will work until they make this a Federal law.  Coming to an oppressive government near you.

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