“No parents have ever prevailed in any reported case on a theory that they have an absolute constitutional right to educate their children in the home, completely free of any state supervision, regulation, or requirements,” the ruling stated. “They do not have an ‘absolute constitutional right to home school.’”
All homeschool parents should know and understand this statement. Our government believes that you do not have a constitutional right to homeschool free of government regulation. The government will always have their fingers in homeschooling. It is important for the citizens to follow their state laws for homeschooling and stand up to the government when needed so that the laws don’t become more restrictive, or even worse, for homeschooling to be outlawed.
If you read the article this quote comes from, it is about a family who removed their children from government school and then let the children do as they pleased all day every day because they believed they were about to be raptured. It really irks me that the parents and the author of the article calls this homeschooling. This is NOT homeschooling. This is educational neglect. Yet, those that oppose homeschooling are quick to use examples like this as reasons why homeschooling should be more heavily regulated.
Homeschooling has a plan and a direction. Homeschooling requires planning, effort, and then the actual doing on everyone’s part. Letting your kids sit in a garage strumming their guitars all day just to keep them out of your hair is not homeschooling. Homeschooling requires parental involvement of some sort. There clearly was not any here.
Let’s call it what it is. These children were not being educated, period. Their parents pulled them out of government school because they thought they were about to leave this earth. They believed there was no reason for their children to continue to be educated in any way. To keep their friends and relatives in the dark and from reporting them, the parents claimed they were homeschooling. The government doesn’t want to admit that they had no clue that these kids weren’t being educated, so they kept the lie going and also called it homeschooling. Better to make homeschoolers in general look bad than for the blame to go directly and solely where it should–the parents.