27 Jun 2015

NEA Targets Homeschoolers in Latest Left-Wing Scheme

The National Education Association is a radical, left-wing teacher’s union with a purely socialistic agenda.  They have been part of the Democrat Party for decades.  They spend millions of dollars of union dues each year lobbying federal and state legislators to support their extremist agenda.
As one might expect, the NEA thinks government-run schools are the only legitimate choice for an American child’s education.  This truth was reflected recently in their current list of resolutions.
And, as EAGnews.org reports, they have now set their sights squarely on homeschoolers:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – If you want entertaining reading, I recommend portions of the National Education Association’s 2014-15 Resolutions.

An earlier post noted the NEA’s strange urge to take positions on global climate change, international consumer protection, infants with disabilities, and many other topics completely outside its areas of concern.
Today, I’ll highlight NEA’s almost-too-ridiculous-to-be-believed resolution on home schooling. Here’s the passage in full:
The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.
The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.
The Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting.
Wow!  Let’s deal with these parental rights’ assaults one by one.

First, the criticism that homeschooled students can’t get a thorough education from homeschooling – actually, homeschooled students score consistently higher on standardized assessment tests than their public school counterparts.  They also excel in college and the workforce as well.  They may not have read all the LGBT and “white privilege” drivel being shoveled down the throats of public school kids today, but homeschoolers have a very solid academic base.
Second, of course the NEA opposes all forms of school choice.  Any money not thrown their way limits their fat salaries, their massive left-wing lobbying efforts, and the truck loads of cash they can put into Democrat politicians’ campaign coffers.  Homeschooling parents are taxpayers just like everyone.  They should all have an opportunity to decide where their tax dollars go – including tax credits for homeschooling.
Third, demanding that parents be credentialed according to some state standard destroys the very purpose for homeschooling – independence from state control.  The NEA wants the government to take away parents’ rights by having some state bureaucrat decide if parents are allowed to homeschool or not.  A reasonable requirement of educational attainment by a parent is as far as the state’s say should go – say a high school graduate or above.
Fourth, demanding homeschoolers use “state-approved” curricula is absurd.  That demand is designed to do two things:  1. – Keep the state in control of what is taught (Can anyone say, “making little atheist humanists?”).  2. – Make sure there is no religious content in homeschooling whatsoever.  This is atheist bullying of Christians, plain and simple.
Fifth, to not allow homeschoolers to participate in a school district’s extra curriculars is also absurd.  Homeschooling parents help pay the taxes that fund a school’s extra curricular activities from sports teams to the band.  Besides, every coach and band director around would love to have talented players/musicians at his disposal regardless of where they take their classes.
Sixth, school districts do have the right to determine grade placement for students coming into public schools from homeschooling programs already.  That’s just common sense.  But, public schools do not have the right to deny recognition of homeschooling credits if the student did pass legitimate courses in the homeschooling program.  This last idea is just another attempt by the NEA to harass and discriminate against homeschoolers.

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