The Battle Lines are Drawn: J.A.I.L. versus The Foreign Power
A Power Foreign to Our Constitution
The Judicial System v. Godly Principles
Congratulations To Phil And Mary Long
A CALIFORNIA court ruling that home-schooling is unconstitutional is one of the latest palace coups coming out of the nation's judiciary.
A Southern California couple, Phillip and Mary Long, were home-schooling their children through a program at a Christian school. Such schools and home-schooling organizations provide curricula for parents to follow, and most avail themselves of these aids.
The family came to the attention of Los Angeles County social workers when one of the children claimed the father was physically abusive. An attorney representing the two youngest children asked the Juvenile Dependency Court to order that they be enrolled in public or private school to protect their well-being.
Justice H. Walter Croskey ruled that parents who educate their children at home without state teacher certification could be criminally liable under California law because parents "do not have a constitutional right to home-school their children." According to the decision, "The home-schooling the children were receiving was lousy, meager and bad."
In another setting, a judge could have ruled that kids in some public schools receive education that is "lousy, meager and bad." In many cases, that's precisely why parents choose to home-school their kids.
Besides, this was an individual case of child protection - hardly a test case on home-schooling. But this overzealous California judge decided to expand his reach.
Home-schooled students are often high performers on standardized tests. Colleges recruit them because of their high SAT scores. A number of kids who compete in the National Spelling Bee and other similar venues do exceptionally well.
This isn't the first time home-schooling has come under assault. In 1994 the federal government attempted to require certification of home-schooling parents until hundreds of thousands of calls inundated switchboards on Capitol Hill in protest.
The Longs' case brought delight to the California Teachers Association. Home-schooling - like charter and private schools - cut into the teachers union's monopoly.
The California Court of Appeals has agreed to reconsider the case. We won't hold our breath for a favorable outcome for the Golden State's home-schooling parents yet.
But, in this land of individual choice, we believe that parents who home-school their kids - or send them to charter or private schools - ought to prevail. It's worth the fight.
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