June 12, 2018
Homeschooling Surges Amid Calls for Regulation
While I’ve been blogging for months about the concerted effort across the country and in Texas to generate legislation to restrict the freedom of homeschoolers, an amazing thing has happened. Homeschooling is surging across the country, along with those who think parents’ rights to make educational decisions for their children should be limited.
Beginning with the public school shooting in Florida, THSC began to see a sharp increase in the number of inquiries that we received about homeschooling. In fact, those inquiries more than doubled from around 600 per month to over 1,300—and they have continued unabated.
Many of these parents are calling because of a renewed concern about their children’s safety in public schools. The same thing is happening across the country.
I have often noted that state compulsory attendance laws require student attendance in a public school, but the public schools cannot be held liable for the safety of those same children. So what many parents are doing is taking a look at their options and deciding that the safety factor has pushed them into getting information about homeschooling their children.
THSC just held its second homeschool conference of the year, and I spoke with one mom at the conference who told me that her daughter had a bad year in a private school. When she explained to the superintendent that she was exploring homeschooling, the private school official pleaded with her “not to do that to the child.” This is another example of officials putting the financial well-being of an institution ahead of what is best for a child.
Today across the country, parents have a choice when it comes to the education of their children that they did not enjoy 30 years ago—and more and more of them are deciding it is in the best interest of their children to take full responsibility for their education.
THSC plans to keep working hard to make sure that families continue to have the right to raise their children without restrictions from the government.
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