Via Lady Liberty 1885 comes homeschooling news I’m rather embarrassed I didn’t know: one of the German families persecuted for homeschooling has petitioned for asylum in the United States, and Eric Holder’s DOJ is fighting this grant of asylum in federal court.
Eric Holder thinks there is no fundamental right to homeschool. So if all Germans are banned from homeschooling, no grounds for political asylum exist.
Maybe I’m not so surprised. Eric Holder and his ilk don’t really believe in natural rights generally, do they? To top it off, homeschooling is a right-wing-extremist-bitter-clinging-Bible-thumper’s issue, so combating it would be instinctual.
You know, when I pulled the boys out of brick-and-mortar school, part of me was actually looking forward to playing the rebel’s part. Disappointingly, the typical response of the everyday person has been respect, even encouragement, rather than the skepticism or derision I was looking forward to refuting. Articles like Glenn Reynolds‘ and Paul Elie’s lend further support to the idea that homeschooling is becoming an accepted, mainstream concept (or, as the Professor quotes Buffy, “not just for scary religious people anymore.”)
Our ruling class may hate homeschooling and try to get rid of it, or more likely try to provide some oh-so-reasonable federal regulation and oversight “for the children.” Attempts to regulate are already popping up and needing a whack-a-mole-smackdown on the state level, like in post-Newtown Connecticut or in South Carolina. Their attempts will fail, however, if they don’t succeed in “othering” the homeschooling population as something suspicious and dangerous.
They are trying it. Check out the title of this news article linked over at Lady Liberty’s, about a murdering homeschooled teen, for example. But this is one battle of the culture war the left is currently losing. Homeschooling is growing steadily, and in my anecdotal experience people just aren’t scandalized by the idea anymore. Everybody knows somebody who does or did it successfully.
“Oh, you are homeschooling. That is so great, but I could never do that,” is probably the most common response I get. It makes me uncomfortable. It also tells me that the next hurdle in normalizing the concept of homeschooling is to convince the average parent that they can do it, too.
Not that they must homeschool, but that they could if they wanted. I worry that too many parents don’t trust themselves to educate their own children. Those that feel they couldn’t get along without a public school are at the mercy of the government benevolent to provide it. The “experts” certainly encourage this kind of mentality, using impenetrable academia-speak to build their intimidating field of expertise.
Imagine the decrease in governmental coercive power, if every parent with public school-attending children woke up tomorrow and decided, not that they are going to pull their kids out. Just that they could pull their kids out, if pushed hard enough.
Have a great weekend, everyone!