“Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.”
– Justice H. Walter Croskey in a Feb. 28 opinion signed by the two other members of the Southern California district court.
What a chilling statement to read from a judge. While we don’t home school our children, we like to think we have the option if we feel we can’t obtain a decent education for our kids. At least the ruling only affects California, which has unusually regressive laws regarding home schooling, reports the Los Angeles Times .
“This decision is a direct hit against every home schooler in California,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, tells the Times. “If the state Supreme Court does not reverse this . . . there will be nothing to prevent home-school witch hunts from being implemented in every corner of the state of California.”
Unfortunately, this decision involves a family facing charges of physical abuse of some of their eight children, according to the Times. Such cases make it easier for the government to argue that kids’ safety can only be monitored if they attend a public or certified school.