OPEN LETTER TO THE CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEALS
Who on GOD‘s green earth do you think you are to take away my right to teach my children at home? Since when have you become better at knowing what is best for them to learn than me? As a homeschooler I already have to jump through hoops to be able to teach at home. There are tests my children must pass in order to show that they are “keeping up with standards.”
Do you look at a few rarecases where homeschooled children fall through the cracks and don’t get a proper education? May I remind you of how bad the public school system is failing? How many publicly schooled children graduate with less than a 12th grade reading level? How many publicly schooled children graduate not knowing where countries are located on a map? How many publicly schooled children graduate knowing more about pop culture and history than American culture and history?
I would like to make it known to you that most homeschooled children graduate with knowing all of the above and more. They are capable young adults ready to enter into society (either by going to college or getting a job) and do their part to better America. They are socially active young adults who care about their communities and volunteer their time to help. They are responsible young adults who still seek the betterment of themselves and of society. And they got all of this by being taught by mom and dad.
Or is it that you disagree with what homeschooled children may be being taught or not taught at home? I believe this is the overarching fear and you use the “lack of standardized education” as a cover. Are you afraid that I will not teach my children that the government is their sugar daddy to provide for them their every need? Are you afraid that I will not teach my children that evolution is just a theory and that intelligent design makes more sense? Are you afraid that I will teach my children to worship God instead of the government? Are you afraid that I will teach my children to think for themselves and to question the government if it begins to overstep its bounds? Are you afraid that I’m going to teach my children that they don’t need to seek immediate help from the government? That they can seek help from family, friends and their church first? Are you afraid that I’m going to teach my children that there is a right and that there is a wrong and that we don’t have to accept other’s behaviors as ok? Are you afraid that I’m going to teach my children that they should not have sex before marriage? That they should not get the pill or a condom just in case? Are you afraid of me teaching abstinence? Are you afraid of me teaching my children that it’s not ok to kill a baby that is still growing in the womb?
The answer is YES YOU ARE. You want to get your hands on my children at the earliest age possible to indoctrinate them with your socialist, unchristian, ungodly, immoral ideas. After all, if you have them for twelve years or more of their lives then you can do it little by little, nothing outwardly shocking. Then they will be more likely to listen to sugar daddy government than their own parents.
May I remind you, or inform you, that not all parents that homeschool are Christian or even theistic. There are plenty who share your social, political and religious view, but yet don’t want their children lost in the flow. They don’t want little Johnnie to be one in, how many kids are in a class now, 30? They might have a child who doesn’t learn by the normal methods used in public schools (the main teaching methods in public schools are linguistic and logical-mathematical). Maybe their child can’t sit still so they choose to school him at home where he can be active while he learns.
Get off of your self-made high horse and quit taking away our rights. As governmental leaders you have the obligation to do what’s best for society. What’s best for society is to strengthen the very foundation of our society: the family. Instead of strengthening families you are attempting to destroy them. Don’t fear the family.
Oh, and my homeschooled kid can beat up your publicly schooled kid.*
Homeschooling by a God-given directive and a right afforded by the U. S. Supreme Court,
Now, for those of you who aren’t part of the California Court of Appeals:
I am literally sick to my stomach. I’m on the verge of tears and feel like I’m going to throw up. I am having trouble finding words to express…I don’t even know what to call it. Here’s a try:
at what California is attempting to do. If you pray, please pray that God will intervene in whatever way possible (a huge earthquake that will make us a country of 49 states? I jest. Only a little.) to reverse this ruling. California is seriously trying to undermine the structure of the family and take away our basic rights. Once those rights are gone there is nothing left but being needy sheep.
Please don’t read what I’m not writing. I am not saying all publicly schooled children are dumb or unsocial and unwilling to contribute to society. The connotation of the court is that unlesschildren are schooled in a government controlled school then they will be detrimental to society. I am merely pointing out that not all kids graduating from public high school are ready to be contributing members of society, and not all kids graduating from homeschool are ready to be moochers of the system because they didn’t learn anything and can’t help themselves. If you’re going to comment to me to say how great public schools are, or how your kids are thriving in public education save your words, I understand they can do good. But so can homeschooling. And we should have the right to do either. And I didn’t even mention private schools, because how long do you want this diatribe to be?
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*I had to add a bit of humor into my rantings. I don’t really mean it. No flames please.