More and more we are reading news accounts from states where there is a growing effort to develop support for increased state regulation for home schooling. One recent article in Ohio referenced the need for regulation, saying, “Stanford University political science and education professor Rob Reich likened it to ‘the Wild West,’ with nearly half the states having either no regulations or low regulations.” A recent column in Indiana lamented the fact that the “Indiana (Education) Code…specifically exempts homeschooling parents from all curricula and programs mandated in the public schools.”
While these stories are disturbing, the real threat to home schooling today is the assault on parental rights that is seen most often playing out in the courts. Recently the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a case from Arizona in which social workers and a police officer coerced a home school family to allow them into their home by threatening to remove their children, thereby violating the parents’ Fourth Amendment rights.
This scenario is reminiscent of the more egregious case that resulted in the THSC federal lawsuit against CPS in Texas. We have seen an increasing number of cases in which fit parents are sued by non-parents for access or possession of the children—and judges who allow such or actually even encourage it to happen. We have also been following a case in Milam County in which a judge took children from a fit mother and placed them with the father, who travels two to three weeks per month, stating that the father was more stable. Most of the testimony given by the father and his parents was attacking home schooling in general and the mother in particular for teaching her children at home. One witness even stated that the children “were too naïve for their age” as a reason the mother should not have custody of her children.
Many people ask me, “How does this happen in Texas?” Frankly, it happens because we elect judges who should not be elected. In fact, I was reminded of this recently as I read Luke 18:2: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.” This judge refused to “get justice” for a widow until she wore him down.
Next month Texas voters will go to the polls in the Republican and Democratic primaries and will elect nominees for many different offices, including judges, to stand for election in the general election in November. In many of those races the primary will be tantamount to the election, since in many areas there is domination by one political party over the other(s). THSC PAC is working hard to educate and endorse candidates, including judicial candidates, who understand and have a high regard for parental rights.
However, none of that matters if people don’t vote! With the Republican nomination for president settled, there will very likely be a lower turnout in the Republican and Democratic primaries. While this is sad, it is nevertheless an opportunity because it means that a relatively few, dedicated people can make the difference in many of these elections.
THSC PAC is planning to do a mail-out to our whole mailing list to encourage people to vote for the candidates we have endorsed as a very specific way to fight for parental rights. Every time we do such a mailing, we get comments from people who tell us they would not have voted had they not received the mailing. This mailing will cost almost $20,000, and we need to get it out within the next week. We also want to make significant financial contributions to some of these candidates who will be strong supporters of parental rights at the local, state, and national levels. It is a sad fact that in the political arena groups who give money to candidates are considered “players” while grassroots groups are dismissed as insignificant. Please help us to defend parental rights by making a generous contribution today to THSC PAC here.