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Americans Warned: Attorney General Holder Says No Parental Right To Home School Children

Americans Warned: Attorney General Holder Says No Parental Right To Home School Children

by Dale Hurd
April 30, 2013

Recently, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said that home schooling is not a parent’s right. It is a statement some are saying should frighten American parents.

Nations like Germany and Sweden show that when governments take away home schooling rights, it’s a slippery slope to no parental rights.

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The linked piece does not

The linked piece does not quote Holder saying this, nor does it provide a link to such a statement. It appears that the blog piece is simply extrapolating from the Justice Department's decision to argue against a lower court decision that granted political asylum to a German couple who fled to the U.S. because they wanted to keep homeschooling their children.

This decision by the Justice Department is more about the grounds on which we, as a country, grant political asylum, than about homeschooling. Holder made no such pronouncement about the parents and children to which he is responsible that I could find.

As U.S. citizens, with our Constitution, we may agree among ourselves the our right to life, liberty, and property means we are free to educate our children ourselves. But we have no right to impose those agreements on the citizens of other countries. Government has no right to do so; Holder has no right to do so.

I've seen liberty folks taking up this German family's cause, and I wish to remind them of Dr. Paul's admonish against meddling in the affairs of other countries. It is not our government's role to decide right for Germans; this is the German peoples' role. Meddling by providing political asylum is still meddling.

This website is, on the face of it, not providing context and is stretching credibility.

A few examples:

"Recently, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said that home schooling is not a parent’s right. It is a statement some are saying should frighten American parents."

The only "some" quoted in this piece are foreigners and there is no quote in the piece saying anything about how American parents should be frightened. There's absolutely no evidence for such a statement in the piece.

Moreover, the fainting-couch language -- a mother so stressed by the state taking her children that she may die, other parents proudly saying they'll stick to homeschooling even after their children are gone -- doesn't it just kind of reek? Who acts like that? Wasting away because you didn't win a battle? Caring more about the idea of homeschooling than your own children? There's a rotten smell in such stories -- as least as this website quotes them. That sort of attitude was certainly not how American parents firmed up their right to homeschool over the last 30 years. Victims act like victims. Victims want to be rescued rather than start acting like agents of change. We should have no part in it.

Send them back to their own countries and send the message that the U.S. does not meddle in the interior political debates of other countries. We will not presume that we have anything to say about how the citizens of Germany choose to deal with their government and we will not grant asylum, which means that family is not emigrating the standard way, because those citizens don't want to be part of their government's process.

Non intervention. Let the citizens of other countries find their way. We'll do our best to exhibit a model that works and give the citizens of Germany fodder as they work through the process in their homelands. That's all we can do. By our own Constitution, which does not give our government the power to rescue anyone.

This is exactly how the left gets sucked into stretching the Constitution. You feel sorry for this family. You want to do something. You don't know what that something should be so you say that government should do something. Stick to government's enumerated powers. This isn't one of them.

Stop talking out of your 7th

Stop talking out of your 7th planet. The very foundation of this county is a place where people can come to escape tyranny. More German homeschoolers please! You're exactly the kind of countrymen we need! Granting asylum is not meddling. The OP is spewing drivel. One of the enumerated powers of congress is in fact to establish the rules of naturalization. please put persecuted German homeschoolers first in line!

No matter the sophistry

No matter the sophistry involved (e.g. a fancy constitution that would lead you to believe otherwise), the true relationship of the state/citizens is always owner/owned, respectively. There's no reasonable dispute of this reality. In this very respect, history has already repeated itself a thousand times, and it will do so ad infinitum.

It follows, then, that OF COURSE their position is that they own your children, and are merely kind enough to allow you to keep them at home under certain conditions...

For now.

Hell, they declare ownership of YOU at birth (what do you think citizenship IS?), so why would you think they'd take a different position on your children?

Don't misunderstand me. After all, I'm a homeschooling dad. To say that it doesn't surprise me is NOT to say that it doesn't sicken me.

It turns my stomach.

Education restrictions - not just for slaves this time

Slavemasters understood that their social control of the slaves could not be based solely on physical coercion. Knowledge was power, and virtually all slave codes established in the United States set restrictions making it illegal to teach slaves to read or write. The statute below, passed by the state of North Carolina in 1830—1831, was fairly typical.


Something to consider

One way to side step the homeschooling ban in the future is to set up a private school with a few home schooling families as a broad umbrella cover. So students can operate under the school, but in fact still be home schooled or taught by their own parents in the school. Of course, this depends on each State laws regarding the set up of a private school and operation guide lines, but it can be a solution to keep our education freedom to teach our own kids.

Great Concept, however

If you establish a "private school" you might still be required to have "certified" educators...Certified by the STATE of course.
Might want to check laws in your state to make sure "anyone" can teach. I like the idea and support the concept, but you can bet the state has a rule, law, regulation, etc. if you establish a school.
Its when the STATE begin to think they own everyone's children that cause many to seek refuge in some sort of compound, such as religion, like the Branch Davidians. Or go to other extremes, like having home births, never getting a SS number, remaining off-grid, etc.

Yup. They own the kids.

You have the state granted privilege of raising them.

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