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The View from the Back of the Bus

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By now, most of us are aware of the California judge’s ruling that, “parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.”  

I agree.

Now, before you misunderstand me, let me qualify my agreement: I agree that parents in California (or any other state, for that matter) do not have aconstitutional right to home school their children; I believe they have a fundamental right to determine the upbringing of their children – including educational choices.  

Our society was founded upon the principle that our rights were “endowed to us by our Creator.”  Government gets what we were endowed with only by “the consent of the governed.”  Sadly, much of our culture has forgotten that our rights were given to us “unalienably” – by no man given, by no man can they be taken.  

The decision by this California-dreamin’ judge worries so many of our families, not necessarily because of the implications it could have upon home schooling (though worthy and valid), but because parents have been forcibly shoved one seat further back in the bus, while government wrests the controls as the “experts” in the rearing of our families.  

We do not disagree that our children ought to be educated by qualified individuals.  We simply disagree on who decides who is qualified.  When professional educators substitute their own agenda for what is best for the family, it is our children who suffer. 

For even better articulation of this issue, see Albert Mohler’s blog entry from last Friday.   


Written by Jeremy Dys

March 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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