Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Grassroots Campaign: Write Your Legislators…..

If you are homeschooling, you have already made a political statement. You are coloring outside the lines by most American standards. How far you color outside the lines really has to do with where you see yourself philosophically on this planet. Right or left, religious, secular, gay, straight, single, married, white, black, Latino, Asian, Native American -- all words that describe American homeschoolers.

There is a group here in the United States that has consistently promoted themselves at the Federal Level as the group that represents all homeschoolers. They can get away with that, because they do, because we let them.

Homeschooling is a way of life that cannot and should not be represented by any one group, and it certainly is not something that should be regulated at the Federal level.

On great example of this is what OldSage brought to you last month and that is a bit about a certain subgroup of homeschoolers that want to amend our U.S. Constitution with ideas about the rights of parents. Basically this would get down to describing and regulating what parents are and what a family looks like. (There is a wonderful history of this story written by Mary McCarthy called "Parental Rights Legislation" at the Washington Natural Learning Association website.) This movement by this one group illustrates how one group can and does usurp your right as an individual and as a homeschooler. This group may tell you they are protecting your rights and freedoms, but ultimately they are not, especially if you do not agree with their agenda.

So who are the "good guys" and "bad guys" with regards to homeschooling?

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