child training reflections

California: Doing What It Takes to Raise Our Sons and Daughters

March 9, 2008

A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.
~Luke 6:40~


Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.
~Justice H. Walter Croskey, February 28, 2008~

Venezuela’s education laws state that minors under the age of 20 belong to the state, though they do ever so kindly permit them to stay under their parents care until age 3(!!!).

As outrageous as this is, we would be deceived if we think this could never happen in our own country. And it should come as no surprise that if steps toward such mass mandatory brainwashing would take place, that they just might begin in California.

And so these steps have begun: on February 28, 2008, a California appeals court ruled it unconstitutional for parents without teaching credentials (a four-year college degree in education) to educate their children at home.

While homeschooling may not be the educational choice for many families, and while the specific family involved in this case may not be the best representative for homeschooling, I think we could all agree that this is truly an example of government encroaching on a family’s right to choose how to educate their own children. The government should not own our children. But politics won’t solve the problem. Education won’t, either. And petitions may help, but they are not the solution to the direction our country is headed. The only solution is God’s divine intervention.

Here is a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) to depublish the California court opinion on this case.

Here is an article on the issue by Al Mohler.

In case you’re curious about Venezuela’s laws on the subject, here is a translation:


Article III
From the moment of passing of this law, all minors below the age of twenty will be under the direct authority of the State.

Article IV
Minors will remain in the care of their parents until the age of 3, after which they will be turned over to the state for physical, mental and civic education. They will be enrolled in Infant Circles to be run by the state.

Article V
The Organization of Infant Circles will do what is necessary so that the minors between the ages of 3 and 10 will remain in the same province as their parents. They will allow the child to visit the parents in the home at least 2 days a month in order to maintain the family nucleus. At the age of 10, each minor will be sent to wherever he will be of most value to the state and of the interests of the nation.

(The last article literally makes me sick to my stomach!)

Translation by: Rita Vernoy


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  • misssadiemo March 9, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I think California has gone to far..but there should be regulations. One should only be allowed to home educate their child if they have obtained 2 years of their education past what they are teaching. We are always teaching our children (life, values, morals, religion) but a home replacement for education needs to have standards.

  • Mom March 10, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Actually it’s not illegal–YET. The ruling currently only affects Los Angeles, but can eventually affect the state. Also, it is likely to be appealed, and that will keep it on hold for a while, at least. California would go from merely requiring parents to notify local officials of their intent to homeschool, to requiring teacher certification–a pretty big leap.
    Legally, NOTHING in the Constitution denies parents the right to educate their children according to their own preferences–be it home, private, or public. (But of course, judges have a habit of remaking the law)
    Some of our greatest Americans were homeschooled–some even without parental help (Abraham Lincoln for one).

  • Larry March 10, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Home schooling is illegal in California. Most home schoolers are Christians and all they know to do is fearmonger. Just look at this as an example!

  • Kelly March 10, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Wow. This one took me by suprise in a way. I am pretty sure that I was in attendance for my Government class when we covered the constitution, although it was 19 years ago. I don’t recall the constitution addressing the education of children, therefore, how could it be unconstitutional to homeschool without teaching credentials ? California, once again, has gone way too far. Personally, I do believe that homeschooling is not for everyone, however, it should be up to the parent how they decide to educate their children. Keren, thanks for blogging about this. Most people that don’t homeschool probably don’t know this is going on.

  • Super Sarah March 23, 2008 at 4:11 am

    Though I do agree that the whole “Contitutional Right” arguement is completely off the track, I know that there have to be SOME regulations on the education of our nation’s children. If you want to homeschool your children, you should have an education to back your teaching on. Very interesting…..