Is homeschooling under attack?

So, many California homeschoolers freaked out when we learned of the recent decision. Then, we started reading more, and working to understand what really happened…

First, it should be noted that homeschoolers have been legally educating their children. The 1953 decision didn’t ban homeschooling, including those without credentials. In fact, California law currently allows homeschoolers to register with the state as a private school, only educating their own children. The Homeschool Legal Defense Association provides good information for all interested in the legalities of homeschooling in all states. Here’s the options for Californians.

Additionally, it’s important to understand that this recent decision not only wasn’t clear enough to forbid the currently legal homeschools, but it doesn’t change things today or tomorrow for those of us legally homeschooling here in California.

And to those ignorant enough to think that the government’s certificate is enough to make one qualifited to teach, you should ask your own children’s public school teachers if they ahve any cohorts who shouldn’t be in the classroom.

I don’t mean to be so defensive, and I know that my observance of successful homeschooling and my own homeschooling is a limited experience. However, it should be noted that the majority of homeschool students achieve significantly higher in everything thrown at them, including college admissions, SAT scores, and even graduate school admission.

Taking a short investigation of the US’s history, you’ll find that many great American’s were homeschooled. Abraham Lincoln, Sandra Day Oconner, John Quincy Adams, John Rutledge, Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, John Jay, Thomas Edison, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Stonewall Jackson, George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Booker T. Washington, Patrick Henry, Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington are all the “victims” of homeschooling. If any one of my kids turns out half as accomplished, they’ll be blessed to have been homeschooled. You’ll also find that homeschooler statistics even support the idea that homeschooling generally produces better human beings.

Just one more article that helps us understand some of the modern history of homeschooling in the USA.

I know that we all “know someone who was homeschooled.” Usually that statement includes socially limited kids who are horribly deficient. Let me tell you that those kids are not the norm, nor are they even very quantifiable in today’s modern homeschooling environment.

Feel free to comment below, and join the conversation! If you’re interested in learning more about homeschooling, shoot me an email, and we’ll chat even more.

Author: TREVOR

Leukemia survivor. Son of The Most High. Father. Man.

2 thoughts on “Is homeschooling under attack?”

  1. Well let’s see this for what it is. The public educational system undersands very clealy that less students means less money. Less money means less teachers and the rippling effect goes on. They are passionate against homeschooling citing scientifc methods (that have largely failed) that only certified teachers are privy to. Of course the loss of students to homeschooling reveals a failed educational system with overrun classes and overworked teachers. The fact that classes are overuun many educators will agree to this and attempt to hire more teaches in a worsened failed system. PEOPLE!! What difference does it make how many zeros you have?? It is still zero!!! If only they could be as passionate about the loss of students to drop out rates, we, the public would at least see some semblance of systemic (rather than individualized) care and concern. NO!! What we see are attacks that berate what parents are successfullly doing. What we see are false statements. I do not care what a teacher or educational administrator thinks about their methods of teaching and how they feel it produces a well rounded person. Give me the facts. Explain to me why universities like Yale are becoming very interested in homeschoolers. Because, they have a reputation to adhere to and they want applicants who have strong study habits, who are well read in the literary classics, who can write (for all the education that our children have, many cannot write a business letter…WHAT!!!!), who can read (here I go again stepping on someone toes) and are not passed through the educational system becasue they are hard to deal with.
    I too was a homeschooler when my son was in school (he is an adult now). It was extremely rewarding; and this I did having a full time job. He did have most of his education in the public school system and for the most part did not do well. When I began homeschooling him in the second half of the 7th grade and all of the 8th grade, the time came for him to take the 8th grade exam that NY student must take before they go high school. He thought the exam was easy. Of course the school “lost” his exam and attempted to tell me that he would have to return to the public school system to do the 8th grade. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN!!!!
    Now there will be some teacher reading this offended by these comments. I DO NOT CARE!!!!!!! I do not and will never support public school education. This is not an attack against teachers but a poor system that only continues to fail ESPECIALLY our minority children (particulary males). California is audacious to intrude in the education of homeschooled children. But do not worry, I am sure that there are many parents who want to homeschool but never do for whatever reasons they have. But the facts are the facts: homeschooling works!! Plain and simple. Those who disagree are plain and simple.

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  2. I have been reading the details of the ruling and do not see how it applies to us at all! However, I fear I will face repercussions in light of the timing. We have been homeschooling for a meager 2 weeks, having filed our PSA mere days before this was published. I had only just sent the request for records to my 2 boys’ previous school (which would of course clue them in to the fact that we are homeschooling).
    On the one hand… I still believe I have the right to educate my children in my home in the method I have chosen. On the other hand…. if the school personnel suddenly become more informed than usual, learn about the ruling, and raise a stink…will I have less legal recourse than before?
    My youngest son’s functionally illiterate (public schooled) father, who has only recently made an effort to meet his son in person, has loudly stated that he does not believe in homeschooling. His mother, upon first meeting her grandson, grilled him for over an hour about his homeschooling….and repeatedly told my son that I am breaking the law. Needless to say… my child will not be visiting her, without me present, at anytime in the near future.
    I only wish I could feel as confident today as I did last week. Knowing that these people may now have what they will consider “Proof” that I am breaking the law…. makes me extremely nervous.

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