The Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet who argued that homeschooling should be “presumptively banned” (her way of saying you’re not allowed to homeschool your own children unless the government approves) just doesn’t trust parents.
She has made that clear several times.
It’s ironic that the “summit” that was sponsored by Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program to discuss how to restrict homeschooling was canceled due to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, also due to COVID-19, virtually all the children in the U.S. were being taught at home.
Still Calling for Government Regulation
Professor James Dwyer believes that children belong to the state and that parents only have as much authority over their children as the government allows.
Dwyer and Bartholet are now concerned about the potential dramatic increase in homeschooling.
These academics have not changed their positions on the critical issue of the rights of families to raise their children as they see fit.
No, they are very concerned that more people will be homeschooling and that, in their opinion, there is too much freedom for these families to homeschool their children without oversight from a government official.
“Some May be Resistant to Any New Regulation of Homeschooling”
However, in the course of the article, Bartholet says:
“I agree that there could very well be some increase [in homeschooling]. Some parents have discovered that public schools are worse than they thought, and have been surprised at how little their kids have been learning.”
She expresses a hope that with a dramatic increase in the number of children homeschooling there will be a push by officials to increase regulation.
She closes with this statement:
“But it is also possible that some people who are homeschooling for the first time as a result of COVID think they’ve been doing way better than the public schools, are not used to being regulated in ways that hamper their freedom, and may therefore be resistant to any new regulation of homeschooling.” (emphasis added)
That, my friends, is what we call in Texas an understatement!
This mindset that parents are a danger to their children and the government must limit what parents can do in teaching their children to protect them is too prominent in our culture.
THSC and its members will continue Keeping Texas Families Free to raise their children as they see fit!