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The Right to Home School Comes from God

During his inaugural speech on Jan 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “[T]he rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

The foundation upon which our nation rests is that rights are created neither by the government, nor by individuals, nor even by a democratic majority. The source of our rights is God himself. Without this foundation, every right we treasure could be taken away by the flick of a legislative pen.

Home School Legal Defense Association member families in the West Bridgewater area were, therefore, indignant when a form was distributed entitled “Application Form—Home Schooling Request.” The form further suggested that the school district has the power of approval over the home school program. In keeping with our conviction that the source of our rights is God, and not man, HSLDA advises families to file a notice of intent, rather than “apply” for or “request” the government’s “approval.”

HSLDA has asked the school district to change the form’s language to “notice of intent.” — Scott A. Woodruff