Friday, March 07, 2008

California Court decision threatens to shut down home schools

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that parents can no longer teach their children without a license--or something like that. The court decisions, according to the LA Times, says that parents must have a teaching credential to run a home school.

Oh brother.

With that kind of logic, why not just license parents in the first place? No parenting without a license. Maybe I shouldn't risk giving judges ideas.

Once again this points up the ridiculous double standard being employed: Public schools are doing a demonstrably poor job educating children, while home schools on the whole do a good job. So who are we going after? The ones that aren't a problem.

Liberal judges strike again.


Anonymous said...

"Liberal judges strike again."

What would you have the 2nd District Court of Appeal do? California law does not permit teaching by unlicensed individuals. Blame the legislature, not the judges. Or would you prefer activist judges who make law rather than interpret it?

"So who are we going after? The ones that aren't a problem."

Other home school parents have been left alone. In this case there are allegations/evidence of physical abuse.
Read the court documents:
I realize that many fundamentalist parents believe they have the right to treat their children however they wish, but what kind of "morality" justifies giving parents the right to sexually molest their children?


Kristina said...


There is actually a HUGE problem with this ruling.

For years, the legislature, education system, and homeschoolers have interpreted the law to mean that homeschoolers are exempt under the private school exemption. (We're exempt in Kentucky for the same reason.)
Now, the judge has re-interpreted that.

The problem is not that home school parents have been bothered, but rather that this case had nothing to do with homeschooling, but, since it was published, can be used in homeschooling rulings throughout California and will be referenced by other states, as well.

If this was a case of educational neglect, it would be about homeschooling. However, as you mentioned, it is a case of abuse. In that case, the children should be taken away from the parents--as they have been before.

Please understand that the majority of homeschoolers think these children (if in fact they are being abused) should be taken away from their parents. However, the abuses of this family should not affect my ability to provide my children with a quality education.

Finally, I want to say again that California DOES permit teaching by unlicensed individuals under the private school exemption. This judge has decided that homeschoolers don't qualify for that exemption, even though they've been using it since the law was written.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristina,

Nice summary of the situation. It seems that you read the same article that I did.