Thursday, December 20, 2007

Huckabee Responds

I still have one more post to put up about Huckabee and education, but David Brody of CBN was on the bus with Huckabee and talked with him about the NEA endorsement and his education policy. (I emailed Brody about a week ago about the NEA endorsement and Huckabee.)

You can watch the video clip here.

In the interview Huckabee says, "leave the homeschoolers alone." He failed to mention, however, what I'll call the "The Huckabee Homeschool Hustle." He didn't leave homeschoolers alone as governor. Huckabee somehow convinced homeschoolers in Arkansas that increasing regulation on homeschooling was their only option even over the objections of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. That's a pretty good hustle, when you can convince homeschoolers that you know better than the organization whose purpose is to defend homeschoolers! You can read more about it here.

He also seems to think it is an "amazing" thing to get the endorsement of the most conservative and the most liberal education group, the NEA. Sorry, but I'm not as enamored with the endorsement of a group that wants to severely restrict the rights of homeschool families and a host of other policies that are detrimental to the family. By the way, the NEA also endorsed Hillary Clinton.

In this clip there is absolutely NO mention of leaving education up to the states. He clearly wants to "expand the curriculum." He doesn't seem to realize that expanding the curriculum means expanding the role of the federal government. Greater federal meddling in a state issue will only make education WORSE, not just for homeschoolers but for all of America's children.

Thanks David Brody, for helping us all see that a Huckabee presidency will NOT be good choice for conservative Christian homeschoolers or any conservative who believes in a limited government where there is no federal role education policy. That's what Ronald Reagan believed when I voted for him in the '80's and what I still believe today.

I have written three posts on Huckabee and education policy you can read them here.The posts are lengthy, but it is better to take the time to question where Huckabee stands now, before the election than to regret the choice once it's all over.

My previous posts on Huckabee and homeschooling
Part One. The Huckabee Homeschool Hustle
Part Two. Huckabee and state reform
Part Three. Huckabee and federal policy
Part Four. Huckabee and global citizenship
Huckabee responds
Ned Ryun's statement on homeschooling.
Ned Ryun's statement on HSLDA.

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