You know it’s true. California is one of the biggest states in the Union, but because it’s heart and soul are tied up in Hollywood, it’s influence over the Nation is tremendous.
So the recent ruling that homeschooling is not protected by the constitution and therefore illegal, is very troubling. The Law in California stated that parents who were “capable of teaching” could either apply to be qualified as a private school, or enroll their children in an umbrella or virtual school as part of an “independent study program,” or they could hire a private, certified tutor. Then came the ruling that effectively takes away all options but the private tutor option.
The fact that this ruling comes on the heels of S.B. 777, a bill that promotes the teaching of alternative sexual lifestyles as well as forces schools to allow boys into the girls locker rooms (and vis-versa) if they say they “feel like a girl.” Teaching marriage as man and woman has been effectively banned, unless the alternatives of same-sex marriages and bisexual, open relationships are also discussed – with kids as young as Kindergarten!
Do not make the mistake of thinking that this does not affect private schools. With the addition of A.B. 14, California law now makes it clear that any daycare, social program (including but not limited to – soup kitchens to gang preventions to jobs programs), even privately owned, religious hospitals must now accept the new standards or face being cut off from public funding. As for schools, well. Part of S.B. 777 states that “an educational institution that receives, or benefits from, state financial assistance, or that enrolls pupils who receive state student financial aid” must comply with the new alternative sexual education law. That means if even one child in your school is there on a school voucher, you have to comply, no matter your religious beliefs.
So what does this mean for low-income families, like us, who would not be able to afford a private tutor or the tuition at a private school not taking government funding? Public school, with it’s forced sexualization of children at young ages, or move. At the moment, I can not express just how glad I am that we do not live in California.
But how long? How long until homeschooling becomes illegal nationwide and families are forced to either go underground or deal with a government system that thinks it knows what is best for your kids? Make no mistake, this latest ruling is an attempt by the state of California to strike back at the thousands of parents who are pulling their kids out of school in response to S.B. 777.
If Hillary wins the Presidency, it won’t be long. As noted by blogger Jaque Dixon, Hil supports the UN’s Convention on the Rights of a Child which declares homeschooling to be child-endangerment, and would force all private and charter schools to conform to UN standards. Spunky has the video that proves that Hillary also does not believe that parents are capable of spending their own money in regards to the education of their children.
If Barack Obama wins, he wants to start putting infants into school settings, and begin educating infants to prepare them for kindergarten. Whatever happened to letting kids be kids?
If McCain wins, the future of homeschooling is not clear. He does support parental choice. He says, “parents should be empowered with school choice to send their children to the school that can best educate them just as many members of Congress do with their own children.” The only question in my mind is, does he allow for homeschooling as an option when he says students should be allowed to “change schools”?
For me, the argument boils down to this – They are my children, not the state’s. God gave them to me and my husband. (Ps 127:3) We are the ones charged with their wellbeing and upbringing. The Biblical case is laid out quite well over here, just ignore the junky background, and focus on the Scriptures. Last time I checked, the United States Constitution, in Article I of the Bill of Rights, still guarantees me the right to Freedom of Religion. While Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s,” people, especially those in governments trying to force their opinions and ways on Christians, often forget the last half of the verse is, “and unto God the things that are God’s.” Since my children are a gift from God, and because God considers them His (Isaiah 29:23), I am obligated to care for these kids, not turn them over to the state.
If that makes me a rebel, so be it.