PARADE Magazine has a poll they are running under the title above (Should Homeschooling Be Illegal). The poll’s question is this:
Should parents need teaching credentials to home-school their kids?
When I took the poll, it was 88% in favor of no credentials. That is a good sign. Since when did the state become the guardian of children? People don’t have to take parenting classes or childbirth classes if they don’t want to. Those things are offered to people and many loving parents DO take them… but should the government be able to FORCE you to take classes before you can have kids, or even after you have kids?
In a perfect world all parents would be perfect. There wouldn’t be any control freaks, rude jerks, mean moms who only served whole wheat and cooked spinach… but in reality, we have to take the good with the bad. People aren’t perfect… but we all deserve to be FREE until we prove to society by our actions that we have committed a crime.
It isn’t a crime to teach a child at home. It is a blessing. Homeschooled children in general have proven that homeschooling works. The test scores and social skills of homeschoolers are in – just ask the many ivory league colleges that are recruiting homeschoolers. Just because there are a few fringe parents (in public, private and home schools) that defy reasoning and mistreat their kids does not mean the entire system (public, private, or home schools) needs more regulation. It only means that there are still jerks in the world. More government control and regulation won’t get rid of bad parents.