Nanny State – March 07, 2008
Who do children belong to? Their parents? Or the government? Is the government becoming Big Brother or even Big Daddy? How great is a Nanny State?
California usually leads the pack when rushing to inflate the government’s powers over the people. Voters seem oblivious to the freedoms they are losing “left and right – Dems and Repubs”. Case in point:
The San Francisco Chronicle reported March 7, 2008 that the California appeals court ruled that home-schooled children had to be taught by persons with teaching credentials, whether a credentialed tutor in the home, a private school or the public school. This shocked the homeschooling community across the state. They weren’t expecting this. Now many have to enroll their children in costly private schools, or the public schools they hate if they can’t afford the private schools.
“California courts have held that … parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children,” Justice H. Walter Croskey said in the 3-0 ruling issued on Feb. 28.
If the parents aren’t credentialed teachers, they cannot teach their children. This flies in the face of human reason. Who teaches a child how to walk and talk? How to feed themselves, dress themselves, brush their teeth and hair? Who teaches them right and wrong, “do unto others…”, the work ethic, forgive and forget? Who really teaches a child their math facts with flash cards and driving in the car impromptu drills? Of course, it’s the parents, not the school. Credentials for what? Teaching grades kindergarten through 12 with textbooks purchased from the same or similar publishing companies as the private and public schools buy?
Parents who have graduated from high school have proven that they have mastered those subjects through grade level 12, which is all they are teaching at home. And parents teach their children from birth through the parents’ death. They teach their married children how to be good spouses and good mothers and fathers, good employees, good homeowners. They teach them all their lives how to cook, repair things, build a science project, mow the lawn, wash a car, help those in need, wrap a gift, call 911, and the list goes on. Credentitals? I believe so. How smug is that court?!
The elites think that “ordinary” people don’t hold a candle to them. How dare you think that you are capable of teaching your own child that 6 times 6 equals 36 and George Washington was our first president? You need a certificate from the government – their approval – to teach your own children material that you mastered in order to get your diploma.
“A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation as a means of protecting the public welfare,” the judge wrote, quoting from a 1961 case on a similar issue.
If only that were true. It isn’t. In too many schools, they teach that America is what is wrong with this world, that English shouldn’t be the official language, that we should open our borders to people sneaking into our country illegally, that sex any way you can get it is okay and you don’t need your parents permission to get an abortion, that Christianity is illegal, that they need to learn what the Koran says, that dressing like Africans for Kwanzaa is fine but don’t dare wear a T-shirt with a picture of Jesus on the front or back or you’ll be punished, ad nauseum. Very young children often learn their first dirty words at school right after they learn name-calling. But they will never hear the word “Jesus”.
It’s the parents who teach their children to love God, country and family. It’s the parents who enroll their kids in the Boy and Girl Scouts and Sunday School. It’s the parents who teach their children to love thy neighbor as thyself. It’s the school that teaches them that they are only a higher order monkey, rather than a spiritual being created by a higher power with a purpose.
The ruling was applauded by a director for the state’s largest teachers union.
“We’re happy,” said Lloyd Porter, who is on the California Teachers Association board of directors. I guess so. Job security.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell issued a statement saying he supports “parental choice when it comes to homeschooling.” There is intelligent life.
“With this case law, anyone in California who is homeschooling without a teaching credential is subject to prosecution for truancy violation, which could require community service, heavy fines and possibly removal of their children under allegations of educational neglect,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute.
Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, said the ruling would effectively ban homeschooling in the state.
“California is now on the path to being the only state to deny the vast majority of homeschooling parents their fundamental right to teach their own children at home,” he said in a statement.
Leslie Heimov, executive director of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles said her organization’s chief concern was not the quality of the children’s education, but their “being in a place daily where they would be OBSERVED by people who had a duty to ensure their ongoing safety.”
Pardon me?!!!!!!!!! She wants them out somewhere so that other people can observe them and see that their parents aren’t harming them???? Now the parents are suspects – can’t be trusted to raise their own children – need the government to watch the kids every day to see if their parents are harming them? What audacity! Elitism in government!
Nanny state run amuck. And don’t think other states won’t look at California’s example and try to follow suit. Watch Massachusetts. There are people out there who really believe that they themselves are good parents and would never harm their own children, but they don’t trust others to do the same thing. “I’m okay, but you aren’t.”
I didn’t have teaching credentials when I homeschooled my kids, but I have a daughter who graduated from the University of Texas with a 3.9 grade average. It doesn’t require teaching credentials. If you can read and you graduated from high school, you can do it. This is another government power grab. We need to stop this and every other attempt to reduce our freedoms. Too many people shed too much blood and sacrificed life, limb and property to get us this freedom. The least we can do is appreciate it and protect it with everything we have. If we don’t, the day will come when we are very, very sorry.