Saturday, March 8, 2008

Very important homeschool petition - PLEASE SIGN NOW

A friend of mine sent me this information via e-mail. Basically, a California Court of Appeal recently decided that homeschooling is illegal in California unless a parent is a certified teacher.

Please follow this link to read about the case and sign this petition to depublish this decision.


  1. Uh~oh. You shouldn't of mentioned this. Now you have a long email to read! haha

    ~ Jasmine

  2. I'd be interested in hearing what qualifications you believe a parent should have in order to school the children at home.

  3. After completing 25 semester hours of Secondary Efducation courses, I would much rather see Christian parents teach their children at home than those clowns that I went to college with. I signed the petition, and I hope multitudes will do the same.

  4. In response to the second comment above: "I'd be interested in hearing what qualifications you believe a parent should have in order to school the children at home."


    I believe all qualifications were fulfilled when God in His wisdom entrusted the child to his/her parents. It is not the responsibility of "big brother" government to step in and make sure a parent is fit.

    Inevitably, people will bring up cases of abusive or negligent parents. The Bible punishes crimes (whether committed against children or adults) by fines, beatings, and death penalty. If the parent has done anything wrong, those should apply. Imprisonment or taking children away from their parents is not mentioned anywhere. In fact, king Solomon gave a baby back to his prostitute mother because she was the mother and thereby best suited for raising that particular child. A parent who molests their child should receive the death penalty, which will do more to help the child heal than being in the care of a (probably more abusive) foster family. If a child is left an orphan through this, adoption is a Biblical option. These cases are rare, and only used to show why we "need" the governments intrusion. It's like these people who want to make abortion legal because what about all these cases of rape and incest, when these in fact make up a very small percentage of cases.

    Do I think parents should make every effort to teach their children diligently? Most certainly. But that is not the main goal of parenting. Rather, it is to bring children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. This is not a question of academics. A child who fears God will inevitably become wise in all areas of life, but a child who learns this world's wisdom only will likely grow up to hate God (see Romans 1).

    In conclusion, I would like to point out the following:

    - I have no teaching credentials whatsoever. In fact, I didn't even finish college.

    - Since I have a baby on average every 18-24 months, and suffer terrible morning sickness as well as have to care for a newborn often, much of my teaching is done from the sofa.

    - I only have about 3-4 hours per day to teach all the children.

    - My husband's work hours do not allow him to teach the children on a regular basis, leaving that responsibility mostly to me.

    - Yet in spite of all this, our oldest started 2nd grade at age 5. Now age 6, he reads at a 6th grade level (tested), including reading chapters of the Bible independently every day. He has 15 chapters of the Bible memorized completely. In math, he is in a 3rd grade book. He is almost always reading history or science books, as well as teaching his two younger brothers advanced phonics. They are likewise on about the same academic levels as our oldest was at their respective ages, if not even more advanced.

    It doesn't take much to excel beyond government education.

  5. Thanks for the reply. I left that 2nd comment (anonymous though I may be).

    I think our opinions on what government ought to do (or not do) as it interferes with how children are taught is very similar. I believe I am the sole responsibility for how my children are taught - whether in church or in school. My children are in a Christian school that teaches them values according to what my wife and I teach them at home. Even though we choose not to homeschool, I totally support parents having the right to make that choice for their own families.

    I would say, however, that there are times when a parent doesn't have the abilities required to properly educate children. I know I'm not gifted in that way. Yes, I'm able to teach my kids right vs. wrong, how they are to behave, etc., but our world would be in big trouble if it depended on me teaching my daughter trigonometry. :)

  6. Someone who I know home schools tole me about this and it's so upsetting. The thought of the government telling parents how they should educate their children is horrible. No one knows better then the parents.

    I feel the same way sometimes that there are things that I might not be able to teach my children such as complicated math which I myself never learned (I only completed 2 years of college). Also I have forgotten so much. In addition Pennsylvania is known for being a really tough state when it comes to homeschooling laws. They make it very hard for parents.

    God Bless

  7. We have signed the petion thanks for telling us.

    The Edwards Family


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