A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.
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:
From the moment of passing of this law, all minors below the age of twenty will be under the direct authority of the State.
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.
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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