Crunch Time For Home Schoolers

September 1, 2009

Full disclosure time folks.  My wife and I send our kids to public school. (Which is why you’ll see allot about The Schenectady School Board on this blog)

But I believe if possible the ideal should be homeschooling.  Which is why this case in New Hampshire has me so concerned.  Here’s the story from the “Creative Minorty Report.”

http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2009/08/court-homeschooler-too-religious-must.html

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An Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney filed motions with a New Hampshire court Monday asking it to reconsider and stay its decision to order a 10-year-old home-schooled girl into a government-run school in Meredith.

Although the marital master making recommendations to the court agreed the child is “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising, and intellectually at or superior to grade level” and that “it is clear that the home schooling…has more than kept up with the academic requirements of the…public school system,” he nonetheless proposed that the Christian girl be ordered into a government-run school after considering “the impact of [her religious] beliefs on her interaction with others.”  The court approved the order.

“Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children.  In this case specifically, the court is illegitimately altering a method of education that the court itself admits is working,” said ADF-allied attorney John Anthony Simmons of Hampton.  “The court is essentially saying that the evidence shows that, socially and academically, this girl is doing great, but her religious beliefs are a bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews.  This is a step too far for any court to take.”

A New Hampshire court is ordering a girl to be taken out of homeschooling and put into the public school system because she might be too religious.

As is typical with these kinds of cases it seems to have started with a divorce where the mother, who homeschooled the child, is religious and the father doesn’t want the same things for their child. So a court case ensued. That’s all sadly typical but the strange thing is the judge’s ruling which should shock and worry homeschoolers everywhere.

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Thank God The Alliance Defense Fund is on the case.

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http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=5050#

An Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney filed motions with a New Hampshire court Monday asking it to reconsider and stay its decision to order a 10-year-old home-schooled girl into a government-run school in Meredith.

Although the marital master making recommendations to the court agreed the child is “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising, and intellectually at or superior to grade level” and that “it is clear that the home schooling…has more than kept up with the academic requirements of the…public school system,” he nonetheless proposed that the Christian girl be ordered into a government-run school after considering “the impact of [her religious] beliefs on her interaction with others.”  The court approved the order.

“Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children.  In this case specifically, the court is illegitimately altering a method of education that the court itself admits is working,” said ADF-allied attorney John Anthony Simmons of Hampton.  “The court is essentially saying that the evidence shows that, socially and academically, this girl is doing great, but her religious beliefs are a bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews.  This is a step too far for any court to take.”

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Some may say this is more about a nasty divorce than home schooling.  I disagree.

The divorce is a smoke screen!  The court had the right to overturn the decision of the marital master.

That’s why this case is such a red flag.  It goes far beyond the bounds of Catholic and Protestant and reaches across to all other religions as well.

And in the opinion of “The Soapbox” it even extends into the secular humanistic realm as well.  Everyone has their reasons for home schooling their children.  Much of it to do with shielding their children from behaviors and attitudes  the parents deem inappropriate.  Whatever those attitudes are is their constitutional right to determine.

My question therefore is, what now is to stop any court anytime anywhere from following this precedent.  A judge can decide now if she/he thinks a mother or father’s views are too narrow for a child’s development and order them to public school.

What if a parent just wants their children around their fellow Vegans only, so they home school them for that reason.  It’s their right to do so.

“No!,” declares a family court judge.  “Your views are too narrow.  For the child’s own good we’re ordering them to public school.”

That’s why this case is such a red flag.

And now it’s crunch time for home schoolers everywhere!



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