After California’s recent slate of anti-gun laws, along with the creation of special gun confiscation units, it seems they’re ready to move on to another fundamental human liberty, self-education, or, in this case, homeschooling. The legislature has introduced two bills that would target government intrusion on homeschooling.
The first bill would create in-home inspections of homeschool families ostensibly for fire safety. The second bill would create an investigative committee that would examine the dangers of homeschooling and how to combat those dangers. That second bill, AB 2926, is essentially the creation of an agit prop committee to use psychological terrorism to drum up support for impeding the rights of individuals to educate their own children.
|California’s crazy-intrusive politicians can’t keep their hands off anything — Next up? Homeschoolers!|
This first, AB 2756, requires fire marshals to perform in-home inspections of home-schoolers every year, implying that somehow home-educators are less fire-safe than other individuals. This is, of course, egregiously discriminatory on its face. But wait. The second one is even worse!
With AB 2926, Assembly Member Susan Eggman proposes forming an appointed committee to “investigate” homeschooling. The “instruction” committee would subsequently share its findings so that the California legislature might consider how best to regulate those families.
Because there isn’t anything a bureaucrat loves more than a new regulation! And these particular bureaucrats are already doing such a fine job of regulating our public schools that roughly half of California public school students surveyed reported experiencing bullying.
With the current anti-religious climate, perhaps the bureaucrats would insist all religious items, including Bibles, be removed from private homes. Would they make all homes gun-free zones? Maybe your family eats too much sugar, so the government would impose candy restrictions in your home.
But sure, Assembly members, appoint a new committee to study the tiny demographic of California home educators while ignoring the existing, disgraceful challenges in our public schools. It’s always preferably to point out the splinter in someone else’s eye than to address the log in your own.
According to 2016 Census data, California now ranks 44th in the union for pre-K through 12th grade education. That’s out of fifty states.
In contrast, home educated students typically score 15 to 30 percentile points better than their public school peers. This result is completely independent of whether the home-schooling parent is a certified teacher, and unrelated to the degree of state control and regulation.
Of course, this annoys teachers unions, so they likely are quite happy about the new legislation. The NEA, said in their 2014-15 Resolutions, “The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience.”