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Home Schooling In California

Wednesday, March 12, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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An activist state appeals court has issued a ruling that threatens tens of thousands of home schooling parents in the Golden State. Arnold has denounced it and an appeal to the state supreme court is a certainty.

Senator McCain has a perfect opportunity in front of him to make common cause with conservatives by adding his voice to those of other advocates of parental rights by urging quick action by the California Supreme Court. The Arizona senator has supported the option of home schooling in the past, and his support at this moment would be a very visible reminder to evangelicals especially that there is a huge gap between the teacher-union dominated Democratic candidates and McCain.

The Los Angeles Times editorializes on behalf of home schooling today, but urges that the legislature move to “formally recognize home schooling as an education option and to impose reasonable regulations — such as a yearly lesson plan or portfolio of student work — that encourage these schools’ individuality and ensure that children aren’t home all day watching reruns of ‘The Andy Griffith Show.'” This is both a slam on the quality of the home schooling parents and an invitation to the California legislature to backdoor the very controls the appeals court is attempting to jam down.

Far from being a problem, the home schooled kids I know are exceptional students. The response of the Times and others ought to be that home schoolers should be left alone and the courts and the legislature tackle the worst of the public schools, which are very bad indeed.

Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute is one of the champions of home schooling in California, and I’ll try and track him down for an update on today’s show. Michael Smith and Michael Farris of the Home Schooling Legal Defense Association are two other experts on the issue that I will try and line up for today’s show.

It would be a great statement if Senator McCain arranged to be briefed by Dacus, Smith Farris and other defenders of parental rights in the area of education.

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