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    Filed at 10:30 am under by dcobranchi

    There’s an interesting column up on LewRockwell’s site today. The premise is that three federal initiatives are pushing us towards totalitatian government. We’ve discussed before the mental health screening and the Census Bureau’s “American Community Survey.” The other initiative, which is completely news to me follows:

    The second encroachment, still in the discussion stage, is for government to monitor homeschooling more aggressively. But homeschooling is already subject to government scrutiny, including enforced testing requirements and so forth. Frankly, the word “monitor” raises a red flag because government monitoring usually evolves into government control. Public schools, or perhaps the more appropriate designation that has been suggested, “government schools,” blend indoctrination with education and imprudently rely on the latest untested teaching fads.

    These are some of the reasons why many parents elect to home school their children. But Washington bureaucrats won’t rest until they are able to control the curricula, philosophy and teaching techniques of home schooling.

    Anyone have an idea what this is about?

    8 Responses to “GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1984”


    Comment by
    Chris
    September 28th, 2004
    at 12:22 pm

    “Still in the discussion state…”

    Why do I have a sinking deeling that HSLDA is somehow involved in those discussions? A federal govt boogieman is just what they need to fire up the base.


    Comment by
    Deb
    September 28th, 2004
    at 6:06 pm

    Yikes, this article has me worried.

    Chris, could you please explain why you think HSLDA is involved.

    If anyone has more information, please post it. Thanks!


    Comment by
    Dave
    September 28th, 2004
    at 7:30 pm

    I’m not sure this is something that heralds the emergence of totalitarian government… wasn’t h-schooling virtually illegal in all 50 states 20 years ago? I am concerned, though…


    Comment by
    Chris
    September 29th, 2004
    at 9:30 am

    Deb,

    HSLDA has been getting consistently more involved with federal homeschool legislation – which is interesting because before they starting mucking around with the federal government – there was no federal homeschool legislation.

    Having done a fine job of getting homeschooling legalized in all 50 states, HSLDA needs something to justify their $100 a year membership fee. The fact is 99% of homeschoolers never have an “issue” with the local authorities. HSLDA needs a new boogieman to protect us from. Otherwise why would anybody continue to send them $100 a year?


    Comment by
    Deb
    September 29th, 2004
    at 3:08 pm

    Um…I didn’t realize that HSLDA started federal homeschool legislation, that doesn’t make me feel very good about them.

    Thanks Chris for the explantion. I now have more to think about.


    Comment by
    Chris
    September 29th, 2004
    at 4:10 pm

    Deb – odonne...2.html

    It’s old – but I don’t think the status of the bill has changed at all.


    Comment by
    Deb
    September 29th, 2004
    at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Chris.

    I’ll keep my opinion to myself on what I think of HSLDA now. It’s not nice. 🙁


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 29th, 2004
    at 8:01 pm

    Since this is a House Bill, it will officially die with the start of the next Congress in January. May it rest in peace.