Texas Home School Coalition Review
ome school blogs
and other news sources
are issuing warnings to keep an eye on our freedom to home
school. Some home school sources are quite concerned that under
America’s current leadership, home schooling as we know it could be
in for a change. We hear declarations that America’s children belong to
the “community” and no longer only to their parents. We see a German
home school family seeking political asylum threatened with being sent
back to a nation that does not permit home schooling, because our cur-
rent administration does not see that issue as a denial of freedom de-
serving political asylum in America.
Clearly, the fundamental right of parents to direct and control the up-
bringing of their children has been entrenched in America since the days
of the Pilgrims and has been officially recognized in American constitu-
tional law for more than 100 years. Today, however, instead of looking to
themselves, to their families, or to their churches, Americans are increas-
ingly turning to government to care for them, “cradle to grave.” Many in
the federal government act as if they alone—not families—know what
is best for our children. If this trend continues in education, it could pro-
vide a significant challenge for home schooling families.
A well-worn political adage warns us always to “follow the money.”
Concern over massive government funding and control of public schools
and the potential corresponding impact on home schoolers is not un-
founded. It is another well-worn adage that “whatever the government
pays for, it retains the right to control.” If government continues to rec-
ognize that it is “under God,” there is no problem. When government
begins to function as a god unto itself, it is time to worry.
Who Should Decide?
Someone must decide what sort of education is best for individual
children. The government could decide. It often seems that it would
certainly like to decide. The children themselves could decide. Children
are deciding far too much for themselves today, as our family structure
crumbles. Or parents could decide. That is God’s idea. However, American
law is rapidly shifting away from parental authority to decide and is moving
toward children having more power and input in their own education,
with the federal government being the “Big Dog” in controlling all
Rather than accepting the decisions of Mom and Dad, courts may
well begin to say that a child of ten, eleven, or twelve has the legal right
to choose for himself, even where his education is concerned. While that
has not yet happened in America, clearly the law is trending in that di-
rection as courts are allowing children at ever younger ages to make im-
portant decisions for themselves—including their involvement in sexual
activity or in choosing a sexual preference. Is it not interesting that the
government now wants children who are just beginning puberty to buy
abortifacients freely at the drugstore but at the same time treats twenty-
six-year-olds as children still able to remain on their parents’ health insur-
Parents are increasingly seen as impediments to their child’s free-
dom, sexual or otherwise. The government is often far too eager to step
in to “protect” children from their parents. Mandated, government-run
public education is certainly one of the best ways to ensure that children
will break free from the “outdated” religion, ethics, and morality of their
parents and embrace the new values of a government that no longer
sees itself as a Christian nation. Home schooling families, however, are
still able to teach their children the real American history, ideals, and val-
ues of independence froma totalitariangovernment anda corresponding
dependence on God. Future citizens may later thank you when these
well-educated and morally upright adults are called upon to lead a na-
tion that has otherwise lost its way.
What Are the Basics?
Political movements opposing potential challenges to home school-
ing may become more urgent in the near future, but for now parents
need to focus on several basic issues. Home school families must make
sure that home schooling itself will remain a strong movement that is
difficult to stop. Follow these basic steps first:
• Know the law in your state.
• Follow the law.
• Do your work as home schoolers excellently.
• Keep good records.
These will be the keys to best protecting home schooling in the future,
whatever the challenges. It is those parents who are doing an outstanding
job and who are able to demonstrate that their children are being well
educated who will best protect the continuing freedom for everyone
to choose the best educational option for their child, including a home
Attorney David Gibbs III serves as the president and general counsel of
the National Center for Life and Liberty, a ministry organization that
defends life and liberty freedoms nationwide. Mr. Gibbs speaks regularly
to audiences in churches and conferences while also litigating cases as a
trial attorney. He hosts the weekly radio program
Law Talk Live
Moody Radio Network and has authored five books, including
Understanding the Constitution
Working in partnership with THSC, the NCLL
considers it a privilege to serve home schooling
families across Texas. To learn more about the
. David will be a
featured speaker at the THSC Southwest
Convention & Family Conference in The
Woodlands this August.
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