*Posted by Winston Hottman
At The Federalist, Jayme Metzgar discusses the relationship between homeschooling and other rights that we hold dear:
Unlike Germany, America has a very strong tradition of liberty and individual rights. With the residual influence of men like Madison and Jefferson still present in our culture, there is far more natural resistance to the notion that the child is “the mere creature of the State.” Residual influence, however, lasts only so long. With academic, media, and political elites growing ever bolder in their dismissal of traditional parental rights, advocates for home schooling are under attack.
All Americans who value liberty, regardless of their personal educational choices, will be impacted by the fate of home education. The freedom to home school is the most visible expression of parental rights exercised against the power of the state. But it becomes even more crucial when it functions as a shield for the freedom of conscience itself. Every person has the absolute right to hold his or her own beliefs, even if those beliefs contradict the prevailing orthodoxy of the day. If teaching your children unpopular beliefs becomes illegal, your right to hold unpopular opinions under any circumstances could soon be in doubt.
Be sure to check out the rest of the article where she discusses the Wunderlichs, a family in Germany whose children were recently taken by government officials because of the family’s home schooling, and the relevance of their story to home education in the US.