From where are threats to parental rights and homeschool freedom originating?

Those Who Would Threaten Fundamental Parental Rights & Homeschool Freedom

Do you ever wonder where the ideas for restricting the God-given right of parenting one’s own children revealed in threatening pieces of legislation across six states in early 2018 come from?  Are they simply in response to one or two HORRIFIC cases of child abuse perpetrated by a few sick parents?  Or is it something deeper being espoused in American colleges and universities by professors posing as “experts” on the subject of family law and relationship?

The threat to fundamental parental rights and homeschool freedom is not new.  And regretfully, based on events this year the tide is rising and parents must educate themselves on the threat.  To that end here are pertinent articles predicting the crisis, exposing the threat, and defending against it.

The Warning:

The Third Wave of Homeschool Persecution – Dr. Michael Farris, HSLDA, 2010.

  • Homeschool: Parental Rights to Educational Choice Being Questioned – Several academic journals over the last few years have featured claims by academic elitists “that public education should be mandatory and universal.”  Dr. Farris warns of academics calling for government interference in not just the lives of homeschool families but ALL families in the United States.

The On-going Threat:

Law Professor Attacks Parental Rights – Michele Malkin Reports on CRTV; posted with permission on ParentalRights.org – 2017

  • “The reason parent-child relationships exist is because the State confers legal parenthood…”

    So says James Dwyer, and he’s no bumbling statist hack. Dwyer is a respected law professor at the prestigious College of William and Mary, America’s second-oldest college (after Harvard).

    He actually believes your parental rights literally come from the State. And you and I both know that what the State can give, the State can take away.

    But with his credentials, Dwyer’s radical ideas will be heard.

“The New Law of the Child” Attacks Parental Rights – ParentalRights.org posts paper by two law professors arguing against fundamental parental rights – 2018

  • “In The New Law of the Child, Dailey and Rosenbury seek to ‘loose[n] the grip of parental rights on American law.’ They seek ‘a more child-centered analysis that elevates children’s broader interests over parents’ individual liberty claims.’” Anne C. Dailey and Laura A. Rosenbury, The New Law of the Child, 127 Yale L.J. F. (2018), https://www.yalelawjournal.org/article/the-new-law-of-the-child.

The Response:

The (Not So) New Law of the Child – Martin Guggenheim, The (Not So) New Law of the Child, 127 Yale L.J. F. 942 (2018), http://www.yalelawjournal.org/forum/the-not-so-new-law-of-the-child. Martin Guggenheim is the Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law.

Top-Down or from the Ground?: A Practical Perspective on Reforming the Field of Children and the Law – Cheryl Bratt, Top-Down or from the Ground?: A Practical Perspective on Reforming the Field of Children and the Law, 127 Yale L.J. F. 917 (2018), http://www.yalelawjournal.org/forum/top-down-or-from-the-ground.

The Solution:

The Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution  – Link to the bi-partisan group, ParentalRights.org  to learn how you can help “Protect Children by Empowering Parents.”

US DOE issues privacy guidelines for college entrance exams.

Homeschool students register online to take either the SAT or ACT college entrance exams all results are sent directly to them and the college/university they request NOT the public school where they physically take the exam.  (See our Homeschooling through High School page for more info.)

Apparently, public schools are now registering their students for these exams (instead of the student registering online themselves) and the data collected are getting caught up in the state longitudinal data systems where privacy seems not to be protected.  This has led the US Department of Education to write a “guidance document” protecting the data of these students who take the SAT or ACT.

June 13, 2018 article by Jane Robbins of America Principles Project published in The Hill:

Trump’s Education Department steps up to defend student privacy

Guidance Document from US DOE:   

Technical Assistance on Student Privacy for State and Local Educational Agencies When Administering College Admissions Examinations

Many homeschool parents have expressed concerned over questions asked during registration process… many have commented the questions are personal, intrusive, and not answering doesn’t appear to be optional.   Rest assured they ARE OPTIONAL!  From the Robbins article:

  • An especially welcome aspect of the guidance relates to the “voluntary” pre-test surveys that appear on both SAT and ACT. With SAT, for example, the College Board includes 35 questions that explore personal areas such as extracurricular activities, educational aspirations, parental income, and even religion.As the guidance notes, “We have heard from teachers and students … that the voluntary nature of these pre-test surveys is not well understood.” The confusion results from the College Board’s pressuring students to participate: “While you don’t have to answer these questions, we strongly recommend that you do so.”Many students are given the impression that if they decline to answer, they’ll miss out on opportunities such as scholarships. (For the arguably deceptive practices related to the College Board’s PSAT, which some states also require, see Cheri Kiesecker’s account.) And as the PTAC notes, the College Board makes it cumbersome to opt out: “Each of the questions requires a response, and the student must affirmatively indicate in response to multiple questions that the student does not wish to provide the information.”

NHN “Homeschool Memo” – updated February 2018

 NHN Homeschool MEMO to Parents, Public-Private School Administrators, State Officials – Updated 08.17.2018  

In 2007 after the Homeschool Freedom bill (SB 404) unanimously passed the Nevada Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Jim Gibbons, NHN worked with then Superintendent Dr. Keith Rheault to write a memo to public school districts informing them of the specifics of the newly adopted law since it removed homeschooling from oversight by the NV State Board of Education.

In 2016 the Legislative Counsel Bureau revised the numbering of NRS based on bills passed in 2015.  As a result, the NRS references to homeschooling changed.  This 2018 version of the original NHN Memo reflects the number changes.  However, it is important to note that none of the language in the laws changed.

The MEMO is provided as a courtesy to all parents, public school district administrators, private school administrators, state officials, and the general public to explain how “homeschooling” works in Nevada and legally exists to protect the rights of parents who choose to direct the education of their own children.

 NHN Homeschool MEMO to Parents, Public-Private School Administrators, State Officials 08.17.2018

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