Monday, June 17, 2013

I'm glad we can homeschool in the United States

I was reflecting today at just how glad I am we can homeschool in the United States.  The public schools are so broken.  They will arrest a young children for wearing a politically in-correct shirt or for drawing a picture of a gun.  Hundreds of thousands of students drop out each year.  And many of those who do "graduate" don't know how to read or write.

Recently I've been reading a few articles in the new about a bill in the California legilature.  The bill may have a noble goal of providing equality between the sexes.  But the approach seems so crazy.  AB 1266 will allow students to students into the locker room of the sex they identify with.  So if a guy says he feels like a girl it appears these bill will then allow him to take a shower in the girls' locker room.  One article explains:

The cultural debate over "transgender rights" in public schools has moved to California, where a legislative committee passed a bill April 17 that would outlaw sex-segregated bathrooms and athletic teams.

Under the bill — which passed the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 5-2 — a student will be "permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions," consistent with "his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records."

This means that boys who say they identify as girls can use the girls' restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa. It also means that girls who want to play on boys' teams, and boys who want to play on girls' teams, will be allowed to do so. The key will be their "gender identity" — what sex they identify as — and not their birth certificate.


It is no wonder that homeschooling has exploded over the last decade and many expect it to continue to skyrocket. 

In general the United States is pretty friendly to homeschooling.  For example a recent ruling from the Nebraska Supreme Court says a homeschooling family can set their own school calendar, that they don't have to start in August or September.

It is sad that other countries persecute homeschoolers.

For example the Johansson family in Sweden was getting read to leave the country when officials boarded the plane and took Domenic, a 7-year-old boy, from his parents.  It appears that in part the officials in Sweden took the boy because he was being homeschooled.  The parents haven't seen their son in three years.

And the Roemeike family, from Germany, fled their country because they were not being allowed to homeschool.  I'm said that the Obama Administration has denied the Roemeike's bid to seek asylum in the United States.

There are still many issues and problems with education and homeschooling in the United States, but I am glad we can homeschool here with relatively little hassle.

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