During one of many family laden dinners this week, my sister in law, who home schools her two children, voiced her alarm and concern regarding recent developments in California. What did I do, aside from pour another drink? I stole a few minutes between siding the table and, well, drinking, to sit in front of the computer to figure out what was what.
Parents of the approximately 200,000 home-schooled children in California are reeling from the possibility that they may have to shutter their classrooms — and go back to school themselves — if they want to continue teaching their own kids. On Feb. 28, Judge H. Walter Croskey of the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles ruled that children ages six to 18 may be taught only by credentialed teachers in public or private schools — or at home by Mom and Dad, but only if they have a teaching degree. Citing state law that goes back to the early 1950s, Croskey declared that “California courts have held that under provisions in the Education Code, parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.” Furthermore, the judge wrote, if instructors teach without credentials they will be subject to criminal action. Read more: time.com
She told me, flat out, that Governor Schwarzenegger was “ready to let them do it.”
That’s not exactly, well, accurate, for lack of a better word.
“Every California child deserves a quality education and parents should have the right to decide what’s best for their children,” Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement today. “Parents should not be penalized for acting in the best interests of their children’s education. This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts and if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights then, as elected officials, we will.”
Yeah. I was suspicious about him burning up the bible vote to begin with. He’s a lot of things, Conan, Terminator, Commando, the Last Action Hero, but he ain’t fucking stupid.
I think her concerns were a bit, well, to be generous, overstated & inflated. I can’t imagine home schooling will ever go the way of the dinosaur in this country. Will they be subjected to more oversight? Maybe. And, rightfully so in my opinion. I think society has an interest in what is taught to our children, no matter how well intentioned the educator in question may be.
And, as a side note, it is peculiar how one who home schools with a marked biblical leaning is utterly defensive of one’s own curriculum, but simultaneously dismissive of, say, Muslims who also choose to home school.
It was interesting talking with her none the less.by