I’m very concerned about the effect that the outcome of the Romeike family’s court case will have in America. We’ve fought so hard for the right to home educate over the past 30 years, and this one court cases feels like it could change people’s attitudes about the legitimacy of home schooling, and perhaps initiate change in laws as well.
When I started home educating 24 years ago, it wasn’t as accepted as it is now. Both sets of our parents threatened to turn us in to authorities for depriving our kids of an education. Neighbors looked askance when they saw our children outside our home during the school day, so to avoid trouble we often stayed indoors during “school hours.’
My concerns have to do with the Obama Administration saying that “No one anywhere has the right to homeschool.” At the same time laws are being passed saying girls don’t have to have parental permission to have the medical procedure of abortion, and another law says people outside the family can petition the court for the “right” to spend time with your kids, thus forcing a fit parent into court to defend their position of not wanting their child to spend time with the petitioning person.
Parental rights are eroding, while the state is claiming those rights for itself. Who really owns the kids? We need to remember God does, and we are just caretakers. We are empowered by God to be in charge of our kids’ education and protection.