Homeschooling HasslesPosted by on Sunday, November 20th, 2011
For those people who don’t like government schools, a natural choice is to home school them. Taking control of educating your children is not yet illegal in the United States. However, some states certainly make it difficult to do (legally). The newest bit of news on this front comes to us from New Jersey. Just last week, New Jersey was discussed as being one of only two states to mandate flu vaccinations for children to go to their schools. Now, in New Jersey, some legislators are trying to require annual medical exams for home-schooled children. Under this bill, parents would be required to submit documentation to their local school district of the exam. (I wonder if a flu vaccination will be part of the mandated annual exam).
It doesn’t take too many mental gymnastics to realize that this is a case of the government simply wanting control. Since “they” won’t have their eyes and ears all over your children if they are being schooled at home, they have to make sure that they get the scoop somehow. Of course, this is probably being discussed under the guise of protecting children from abuse. But, please remember that school isn’t exactly safe for them. Barely a week goes by that I don’t hear about another scandal at a public school — teachers fighting with each other, sexual misconduct, incompetent administrators, and teachers cheating for better test scores…among other things.
I don’t think all home schooled students automatically have good parents, nor do I believe that all public schools are bad. However, I certainly believe in parents being able to better care for their own children than the government. Always be wary of legislation coming at you in the name of safety. It’s usually code for “here’s another hoop to jump through” in the land of the free.
This bill hasn’t even been introduced yet, and, with some luck, maybe it will be shot down before the process even starts. It’s a horrible idea that conveys an automatic distrust of homeschooling parents and makes it harder and harder to follow the state mandated regulations on education for those who don’t want to trust the government with educating their kids.