Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Victory for Home Schooling

Earlier this year we saw the infamous case of the California Appeals Court that effectively banned home-schooling in that state. They used the frighteningly fascist comment in their ruling:

"A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state..."

I wrote on this here and here.

However, the Orange County Register now reports and opines that the court has changed its mind. Some excerpts:

"A California Appeals Court has reversed its February decision that essentially had outlawed home-schooling. The court now says that, yes, indeed, home-schooling is legal in California, despite what it had ruled earlier. The decision is welcome news for home-schoolers and anyone who believes in fundamental concepts of freedom. There's little doubt the court reacted to political pressure, so kudos to the California public for getting sufficiently agitated over an injustice.

The original ruling was disturbing in its authoritarian language. The justices declared that "parents do not have a constitutional right to home-school their children."


There are worse things than a court that hears the roar of public opinion. But the court has not suddenly become any friend of freedom. The new ruling goes on to complain that California has too few regulations on home-schooling. We hardly see the need for more meddling. If anything, it's the government-run schools that pose the greatest danger to educational attainment in this state.

Nevertheless, the court did the right thing. At least now there's no question. Home-schooling is legal in California. Class dismissed.

Ah, the sweet fragrance of Victory and Freedom!

Thanks to Club for Growth for the link.

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