From the HSLDA:
With the introduction of Senate Bill 248 on December 3, 2013, by Senator Capri Cafaro, Ohio has suddenly become a frontline in the battle over homeschooling freedom.
SB 248 is breathtakingly onerous in its scope. It requires all parents who homeschool to undergo a social services investigation which would ultimately determine if homeschooling would be permitted. Social workers would have to interview parents and children separately, conduct background checks and determine whether homeschooling is recommended or not. If it is not recommended, parents would have to submit to an “intervention” before further consideration of their request to homeschool.
You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/oh/201312170.asp
How have we gotten to the point where parents have to have the government’s permission to educate their children? The fact that this would even be proposed is distressing, and indicative of the totalitarian mindset on which our society seems fixated. This basically says children belong to the government and parents are merely “allowed” to raise them, given permission to teach them. This bill basically strips parental rights. Add this to the bills popping up around the country forcing parents to vaccinate their children, and you see the trend developing. The government gets to decide what is best for your children not you.
This problem originated with the shift in thinking about the source of man’s rights. People used to believe that man’s rights came from God and the government was only their to protect them. Our government was set up as a form of minarchism, or a night-watchman state. Minarchism is a strain of libertarianism which maintains that the state is necessary but that its only legitimate function is to protect people from aggression, theft, breach of contract, and fraud. But it has evolved over time into an almost fascist state, or a state that holds that sovereignty is not vested in the people but in the nation state, and that all individuals and associations exist only to enhance the power, prestige and well-being of the state.
We aren’t quite there yet, but we are just a few exits away on the turnpike. There is definitely a large part of our population that thinks this way, that thinks government is the source of man’s rights, that we have to beg permission for almost everything we do. And, in large part, they have succeeded in making this a reality.
Think about it. You can’t start a business without being licensed by the state. Look at the examples of kids’ lemonade stands being shutdown by the cops. You can grow your own food, but only if it conforms to the local codes. Look at all the examples of the police destroying people’s gardens. You have to have the government’s permission to provide for yourself and, once you are granted it, they take a portion of what you produce. And there is nothing you can do about it. You don’t have a say in how big of a portion they take and if you try to keep them from taking what you worked for they bring men with guns to force you to give it up or throw you in jail.
And now they are deciding more and more that they know better how to raise our children than we do. That we need to seek their permission when making decisions about them. There is definitely a contingent of the population that sees government as the almighty source and arbiter of, well basically everything. Our rights, our provision, our lives. And sadly, that contingent keeps growing.