A friend sent me the following, and I totally agree. The recent decision by Orwellian, er, California judges frightens the living daylights out of me. An extremely dangerous precedence to be setting:
A California Court of Appeal recently decided that homeschooling is illegal in California unless the parent is a certified teacher. This was a decision made in secrecy under the guise of juvenile protection. It was a result of one specific family accused of abusing the system - whether they were are not I don't know - however the three presiding judges decided that all home schooling in the state going forward would be illegal.
When you consider this along with the November 2005 ruling Fields v. Palmdale School District, you have a government that says they can, and will, take your children for six hours a day and teach them whatever they want, and we as parents have no legal right to participate in or influence their education.
I don't need to go into how this effects us in other states. We need to fight this no matter what state you're in. Whether you deal directly with home schooling in your family or not, this is an egregious attack on our liberties. Please visit the links in this email to educate yourself on the issue. If you have a fast internet connection, listen to Dr. Dobson and his guests on today's show where they explain the issue in detail.
Finally, please sign this petition at the Home School Legal Defense Association's web site. If accepted, it will limit the scope of this decision to just the one family initially involved in the case rather than punishing the 200,000 home schooling families in California. They also want signatures from those outside California to show the outrage extends beyond their state.
Please forward this email to others, and lets put a stop to this nonsense.