Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Setting the record straight

In my previous post, I talked about the future of homeschooling. In this post we'll look back at the history of homeschooling as told by attorney Deborah Stevenson, Executive Director, National Home Education Legal Defense. In her article, she seeks to set the record straight about the legality of homeschooling. Here's a peek,

Nothing makes me angrier than a lie, except when a lie is repeated so often that people believe it to be truth. I'm sick of lies, distorted truth, spin, and revisionist history. Can we just get back to reality? Can we just hold people accountable for their purposeful distortions?

Can we just set the record straight?

The lie that makes me the angriest is the lie that "It's legal to homeschool 'now.'" The implication in that statement is the lie. The implication is that it wasn't legal to homeschool before, or that homeschooling only became legal in the past 20 years or so. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Her point is excellent. I admit I have used that phrase myself. I will now strike the words "It is legal to homeschool now" from my vocabulary.

To fully understand her thoughts please take the time to read the whole article. It is challenging and thought provoking.

And her thoughts led Daryl to think this is just legal hair splitting.
Until courts ruled that homeschools were equal to private schools in their ability to satisfy the compulsory attendance requirements, homeschooling was indeed "illegal" most everywhere.
(HT: Izzy)

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