Found this in my morning’s Wall Street Journal:
A California court ruled this month that parents cannot “home school” their children without government certification. No teaching credential, no teaching. Parents “do not have a constitutional right to home school their children,” wrote California appellate Justice Walter Croskey.
The case was initiated by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services after a home-schooled child reportedly complained of physical abuse by his father. A lawyer assigned to two of the family’s eight children invoked the truancy law to get the children enrolled in a public school and away from their parents. So a single case of parental abuse is being used to promote the registration of all parents who crack a book for their kids. If this strikes some readers as a tad East German, we know how you feel.
Ain’t that scary?
Tanya adds: Honestly, what does one have to do with the other? Are government certified stay-at-home teacher less likely to physically abuse their children than those other parents who are not certified?
This is a pathetic excuse for the government to prevent parents from raising their families on their own terms; parents who seem to be turning out children more well-educated than those in public institutions.