Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Homeschooling Banned in California as State Turns Parents Into Criminals for Teaching Their Own Children

Natural News has reported this.....

Homeschooling Banned in California as State Turns Parents Into Criminals for Teaching Their Own Children

A California appeals court has ruled that homeschooling of children is illegal unless their parents have teaching credentials from the state.

At first I was a little upset about this. I don't live in Cali and I don't homeschool.
What pushed me into the realm of incredulous indignation was this quote by Justice H. Walter get this....
"A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation," Croskey wrote.

"Patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation." !!
Did he mean to say " Fatherland"?
Did he turn and goose-step away after that?
Is California's school dress code gonna include brown shirts?

Since a lot of homeschoolers I know are Christians (that don't want their children exposed to whats increasingly becoming a joke called public education), I guess they won't teach "good citizenship" at home.

As I said, I don't homeschool so why am I upset?

"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."

Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

So now in my own small way I have spoken up.


FilmNoir23 said...

Well stated...I couldn't agree with you more.

Walt said...

In order to inject their views into the young and turn child against parent, the Nazis seized the schools and made membership in the Hitler Youth obligatory. All independent teachers’ organizations were abolished in favor of a National Socialist League of Teachers. Teachers had to take an oath of personal loyalty to Hitler. The schools were reorganized on authoritarian lines, the textbooks rewritten, and the courses overhauled to emphasize “Germanism,” the mystic ties of “Blood and Soil,” the virtues of war and conquest, the need of Germany for more space, the Nazi doctrines of race superiority and race purity, and so on. In short, the entire German educational system, from the kindergartens through the universities—and outside the classroom too—was organized to mold every German into a confirmed Nazi.

As an ardent admirer of Marx, Mussolini coined the term "Fascism"2 for his brand of authoritarian, patriotic Marxism. Fascism operates under the principle of "might makes right," through the exercise of raw, naked governmental police power.
In America today, the increasingly rough-shod violation of constitutional rights by government agents in the name of "protecting the environment" or the "war on drugs" is an indication of how far we are proceeding in this direction.
Intellectually, fascism is far more dishonest than socialism, which at least has the courage to assert legal ownership of the economy and thus assume the legal responsibility for its functioning.

Dictators have traditionally created external crises to consolidate internal power. People are then freely willing to trade freedom for security. The great discovery in recent times is that social crises can be just as effective as military ones. "Curing poverty," or a "war on drugs" has become the banner under which the government can increase budgets, create new bureaucracies, and obtain new powers over the people.
Certainly there are problems in our society, often severe, regarding poverty, drugs, the environment, et al. But the last thing these situations need is massive government intervention, which just makes them worse.

If these problems were actually solved, all these government programs and bureaucrats wouldn't be needed. Thus, the crises must be perpetual, never solved, always requiring another program, another intervention, more taxpayers' money, more authorities granted, etc.

The game is not to solve the problems but to use them to control people through regulations and subsidies, increasing their dependency upon the people writing and enforcing the regulations and providing the handouts. People who are dependent upon you are people who vote for you.
The result is a form of fascist rule imposed upon a citizenry, not by a dictator who seized power by force, but by freely elected leaders. We could call it Democratic Fascism, whereby a people's freedom is not taken away from them by dictatorial force, but is voluntarily surrendered.

Americans have imposed the tyranny of Washington upon ourselves. By a patient Fabian strategy taking many years, the American people have been persuaded, unwittingly and almost unconsciously, to voluntarily chain themselves to their masters in Washington.

No longer innocently oppressed, America has become a nation of belligerent beggars, demanding with insufferable arrogance an endless cornucopia of government handouts, subsidies, and "entitlements," deferring the multi-trillion dollar tab upon our children and grandchildren.

This is, indeed, America's real drug crisis: the most addictive and destructive drug ever invented-welfare and special interest subsidies. Thus we have voluntarily taken upon ourselves the tyranny of our increasingly fascist state.

Welcome to my world sweetheart.

DM said...

I'm the editor of a homeschooling magazine and a California homeschooler. The Natural News article is completely inaccurate. The appellate court ruling in question happened in early March of this year, and was overturned in August.

I (along with many others) have contacted Natural News letting them know their mistake. They have neither replied nor taken the article down. And now people on my statewide homeschooling support group's loop have posted saying that they want to homeschool, but their families and friends say it's illegal.

If you want more information, please see:

--Deborah Markus
Editor, Secular Homeschooling Magazine

Walt said...

Deborah, this is good news. However we must stay vigilant, for there are those who would like nothing better than to strip us of what few freedoms we have left.

FilmNoir23 said...

Wow, good to see someone out there following the legislation and calling out the media for disinfo.

And, yes Walt...they would/will when they can.

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