I have been reading and learning about some political stuff lately and first I was saying no way would that happen here. Apparently I am wrong, and I admit I am getting a little scared by all of the legislation that is attacking the family and the children right now. You can read a copy of SB 1322 here, http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/sen/sb_1301-1350/sb_1322_bill_20080714_amended_asm_v95.html. This in effect, removes the ban on using schools to teach communism in California, with the intent to persuade others both in a classroom school and in the community to join procommunist groups and ideas.
Rob Reich is currently working on a piece legislation that would attempt to enforce homeschool students access to opposing worldviews and minimal autonomy and would attempt to limit value systems being passed on from parent to child. He says, "Children are owed as a matter of justice the capacity to choose to lead lives--adopt values and beliefs, pursue an occupation, endorse new traditions--that are different from those of their parents. Because the child cannot him or herself ensure the acquisition of such capacities and the parents may be opposed to such acquisition, the state must ensure it for them. The state must guarantee that children are educated for minimal autonomy." The link is here http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000010/200204230.asp.
In a 1,200 page bill, there is a small paragraph that would require distance education students to be watched in there homes. The link is here, http://chronicle.com/free/v54/i46/46a00103.htm. Big Brother, here we come.
Of course, then there is the bill that is attempting to make preschool mandatory, even though the studies came back showing that most students did better academically if they were home with a caregiver until Kindergartener or later.
Well, we have already passed laws that allow children to have abortions without parents even knowing through the schools and laws that children must be taught sex and alternative lifestyles in school. It appears that many of the special interest groups that run the schools feel, we the parents, can not be trusted to raise our kids to have the ideas they want them to have and so they must take over. Oh, and the University of California just passed a requirement that says they won't count any classes that come from a Christian perspective when students are applying for enrollment. Other religious perspectives still seem to be okay, as long as it is not Christian. And the UN Convention on the rights of the child, has a lot of things in it that should scare parents. More information on that can be found here http://www.parentalrights.org/blog/. Okay, I'll stop with gratitude that my kids aren't in the immediate system controlled by antifamily special interest groups. Yet, I fear for those trying to get into our homes.
"The time will come when only those who believe deeply and actively in the family will be able to preserve their families in the midst of the gathering evil around us." Spencer W. Kimball Ensign, November 1980.