An appelate court in California has upheld existing state laws that require parents who homeschool their kids to have valid teaching credentials.

There was, of course, an immediate response from the Christian homeschool community claiming that California is biased against Christians because they want to force children to have to learn from people who actually know what the hell they are talking about.

Some even said they’d rather move out of the state than have their kids attend a real school where they would be forced to learn about things like diversity and – gasp – science. (Maybe try Utah.)

The latest ruling stems from a case involving Phillip and Mary Long and their 8 homeschooled kids. The Long’s “were repeatedly referred to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services over various allegations, including claims of physical abuse.”

As a result, the court required the children “to physically attend a public or private school where adults could monitor their well-being” instead of being homeschooled by their potentially abusive mother who never even graduated highschool!

This, my friends, is an obvious case of the state trying to do what is best for the children. It has nothing to do with California trying to persecute Christians.

  • Careful. We homeschooled for three years, and it had nothing to do with wanting to protect our (biracial) son from diversity. Yes, my husband and I both have college degress, but following the link, the California rules look pretty cumbersome. We only pulled our son out of school to head off the damage we saw happening, after being unable to work within the system to improve things.

    It was a tough decision, and not what I had planned for my life at that time, but we had to do what was best for our son.

  • I’m sure there are plenty of good reasons to homeschool – and plenty of good people who do it.

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who make bad choices for their children – and the state certainly has some responsibility to limit the damage done to those children.

    And when I was talking about diversity- I wasn’t talking about race- though I’m sure that is a factor for some parents.

    I was talking about the horrible anti-gay agenda pushed by groups like ‘Focus on the Family’.

    For example, a spokesperson for FOTF commented on this California ruling saying:

    “This takes away recourse from thousands of parents in California who want to escape the government-enforced indoctrination in public schools” which ensure “that students get a one-sided, positive portrayal of homosexuality and same-sex ‘marriage.’ ”

  • I have a client who’s child was assaulted by a gang in a school. After they spent three months in Juvenile detention, guess what, they’re back in school.

    So I guess you’re solution would be to force that kid to be in a class with her attackers.

    In addition, you libs should love home schooling. After all, in your mind it’s just a bunch backwood jesus freaks who can’t be competitive in our economic environment.

    Adding 166,000 students to the public school system will suck already scarce resources from the “enlightened” families.

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