WHY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HATE HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS
By Joel Turtel
February 18, 2006
Homeschooling is a great success. That's why many public school authorities hate homeschooling parents.
Homeschoolers are a direct challenge to the public school monopoly. This monopoly makes it almost impossible to fire tenured public school teachers or principals. As a result, tenure gives most teachers lifetime guaranteed jobs. They get this incredible benefit only because public schools have a lock on our children's education.
If public school employees had to work for private schools and compete for their jobs in the real world, they would lose their security-blanket tenure. That's why school authorities view homeschooling parents who challenge their monopoly as a serious threat.
Many school officials also can't stand the fact that average parents who never went to college give their kids a better education than so called public school "experts." Successful homeschooling parents therefore humiliate the failed public schools by comparison.
Homeschooling parents also humiliate school authorities who claim that only certified or licensed teachers are qualified to teach children. Most homeschooling parents thankfully never stepped foot inside a so-called teacher college or university department of education. Yet these parents give their children a superior education compared to public-school educated kids.
Also, many public school officials resent homeschoolers because the typical public school loses about $7500 a year in tax money for each child that leaves the system. Tax money is the life blood of the public school system. Tax money pays for public school employees' bloated salaries, benefits, and pensions. Is it any wonder why school authorities don't want to lose their gravy train?
For these reasons, until fairly recently, most state legislatures either outlawed homeschooling or tried to strangle it to death with regulations. In 1980, only Utah, Ohio, and Nevada officially recognized parents' rights to homeschool their children. In most other states, legislators continually harassed or prosecuted homeschoolers under criminal truancy laws and educational neglect charges.
By 2004, however, pressure from parents, Christian homeschooling organizations, and recent court rulings pushed all fifty states to enact statutes that allow homeschooling, as long as certain requirements are met. These requirements vary for each state.
In spite of these statutes, many states and school authorities still harass homeschooling parents. That is because the Supreme Court slapped parents in the face when they gave local governments the right to regulate homeschooling. As a result, many homeschooling parents are still harassed by local school officials.
If you are a homeschooling parent, you must know how to protect your legal rights. To do this, you should seriously consider joining the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Founded in 1983, HSDLA provides its members with legal advice and representation against local school officials who might harass you, demand to supervise your homeschooling, or demand to periodically test your homeschooled children. You can join at their web site at: www.hslda.org.
The Rutherford Institute is another well known organization dedicated to protecting parents' rights and providing legal help to homeschooling parents. Their website is www.rutherford.org.
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Joel Turtel, author of Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children, holds a degree in Psychology. For the last ten years he has served as an Education Policy Analyst, studying the climate of today's public schools and its effect on children and parents.
Mr. Turtel has written two books, published over fifty articles, and has been interviewed in both print and broadcast media on the subject. His latest book, Public Schools, Public Menace has garnered national media attention – recently, for example, Dr. Laura Schlessinger featured the book on her nationally syndicated radio show.
Joel Turtel is available to discuss his book Public Schools, Public Menace in the media, at conferences, or with individual groups. Be warned though, you may be shocked by the revelations he has uncovered in America's public-school system.
Also, many public school officials resent homeschoolers because the typical public school loses about $7500 a year in tax money for each child that leaves the system.