Friday, March 07, 2008

Home-Schooling Families Need Your Support

This post may not mean much to many of you, but to me, it's very important. You see, I home-school my children. It wasn't an easy choice, nor has the road been smooth, but it's one we felt we must make. My children are thriving and enjoying the home-school enviroment. My kids are safe and I know what they are being taught, because I'm the teacher. They are socialized. We have weekly gatherings with other home-school parents and local educators for PE, art, 4-H, etc. Not to mention church and other community activities we take part in. I'm close to my kids and we have a wonderful relationship. I'm involved in their education. (I have to be!) I'm involved in my kids lives - something I think most of you would agree is sorely lacking in today's world. I'm not saying that you don't have this if your kids are in public school, I'm just saying this is how it is for us.. and we LOVE it! It's our right as Americans and parents to be in control of our children's educations. If your child is in public school, you still feel you should have some say-so in their education, am I correct?

Here is why this post is so important to me. There are people that do not like the home-schooling movement and would love to see it shut down. They do not believe parents are capable of teaching their children adequately. But statistics have shown otherwise. While I won't get into that right now, due to time, I will say that home schooling has not hurt our country one whit. Now these judges, and others, are working to tear our rights away from us.

Here's the story:

A state appeals court has decided California parents without teaching credentials do not have a right to home-school their children.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling could affect up to 200,000 home-schooled students in the state.

“The court is guilty of an imperious assault on the rights of parents,” said Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family. “How dare these judges have the audacity to label tens of thousands of parents criminals — the equivalent to drug dealers or pickpockets — because they want to raise and educate their children according to their deeply held values?

"The case before them involved one couple — the ruling should have been confined to that one couple, not used to punish an entire class of people, the vast majority of them religious conservatives.”

According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, California is set to become the only state to deny the vast majority of home schooling parents their fundamental right to teach their children at home. The group will file an amicus brief in the case.

I don't care if you like James Dobson or hate him. This isn't about him, even though he's quoted in the above article. My point here is that this is a precious freedom that is now in danger. Many home-schooling families will be put through some unbelievable stuff if this is allowed to stand. As a member of the Home School Legal Defense Association, I've learned that this particular freedom has not come easy. We've had to fight for our rights concerning this issue for years and years.

The HSLDA, and families like ours need your help. Don't worry, it won't cost you a dime - just a few minutes of your time. We are asking concerned citizens across America to sign a petition asking the state Supreme Court to "depublish" the case, which means to apply the case to the family involved — not to all California families. You don't have to be a member of HSLDA, or even a home-schooling family, to sign.

Just follow this link to help us out.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart, and from all the families you are helping through your effort!


Justin Wallraven said...

Good for you Amy!

There are some wonderful teachers in this country but even the very best aren't going to love your kids as much as you do.

Amy Dungan (a.k.a Sparky's Girl) said...

Thanks Justin! You wouldn't believe how angry the subject of home-schooling can make some people. It reminds me a lot of low-carb living actually. They can't imagine doing it themselves so it drives them nuts that others make it work. :0)

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quotidianlight said...

I just saw this in yesterdays paper. I home schooled my kids for a year because my son had ADHD and they were about to lose him (he would cry everyday on the way to school when just three months prior he was excited about school. It was the best thing I ever did and now he is in regular school and doing well but he wouldn't be without that year to let go of the bad experience. I don't care what anyones affiliation or reason for home schooling is, it's as old as time and people that do it are dedicated. I couldn't keep doing it because it was HARD but the parents who do... are amazing. I really hope this will be over turned. God, this just stinks of politics and budgets getting in the way of rights.

Amy Dungan (a.k.a Sparky's Girl) said...

Hi quotidianlight! Thanks for reading my blog!

I'm so glad you were able to spend that year with your son and help him through that difficult time. You are right, home-schooling is hard work. There are some days I wonder why I try. But in the end it's very rewarding. Especially when they learn something and you watch them apply it or try to teach someone else. It's amazing! I hope you don't feel bad because you couldn't keep home-schooling. It's just not for everyone.
Thanks for your support!

Tree said...

Hi, Amy, I found a link to your blog through Livin' La Vida's support group. I, too, homeschool my children, and was deeply concerned about the ruling in California this week. I will be signing the petition... thank you for posting this.

Amy Dungan (a.k.a Sparky's Girl) said...

Hi Tree, Welcome to my blog! Thanks for signing the petition! I do hope we can get this changed!