Friday, March 07, 2008

Homeschool ban in California?

California is looking to ban all homeschools where parents do not have teaching credentials and send their kids to public schools.

"A California appeals court ruling clamping down on homeschooling by parents without teaching credentials sent shock waves across the state this week, leaving an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants and their parents at risk of prosecution."

So the government thinks that parents are incapable of teaching their own kids. But they hand out money forever to welfare families where there is child and drug abuse. The article continues...

"The ruling was applauded by a director for the state's largest teachers union.

"We're happy," said Lloyd Porter, who is on the California Teachers Association board of directors. "We always think students should be taught by credentialed teachers, no matter what the setting.""'

Why is there a Teacher's Union? Seriously?! It's so that lousy, lazy, uncaring can keep their jobs without consequence. This is just another way for the government to get more money to spend on stupid programs. Those 166,000 kids would be spending a ton of money on book fees, locker rentals, school lunches and so forth.

By the way, this is the same state that allowed a teacher to teach for 17 without being able to read or write!! But parents don't have proper teaching credentials. Whatever.


Elaine said...

Maybe they're just trying to protect kids from the extremely lazy parents out there who are completely incompetent in teaching their kids a decent education. I can think of one family in particular here in Indy who I wish I could use a law to protect their children who can't read or spell and never will because they are homeschooled. I know California schools are not great quality, so it does seem weird that this kind of law would originate there of all places... And maybe what would be more agency-conducive would be to have some kind of test requirements to prove the kids are in fact learning what they need to survive in the world... but I'm not completely against the law either... I know many homeschoolers who do a fantastic job and some who homeschool because their kids are getting lost in the system and will learn more at home than they ever could at public school, so it will be a shame if that is interrupted... but I do wish there were a way to allow that to continue while still helping the kids who are getting stuck in a cycle of poverty because their parents are completely uneducated and then home school their own kids. Just my opinion based on what I'm experiencing right now...