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Colorado Dispute Foreshadows Dangers of U.N. Convention on Child’s Rights

President Clinton’s Perspective on Home-Schooling Rights

DeJonge and Bennett Transform Michigan


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President’s Corner


President Clinton’s Perspective on Home-Schooling Rights

The March/April issue of the Court Report contained a transcript of President Clinton’s comments on home schooling during an ABC children’s special. During a news conference in the East Room of the White House on April 23, the President commented on home schooling again—in a rather unusual context. The April 24, 1993, Washington Post transcribed the reporter’s question and the President’s reply:

Q: “‘A week ago, a group of gay and lesbian representatives came out of a meeting with your and expressed in the most ringing terms their confidence in your understanding of them and their political aspirations and their belief that you would fulfill those aspirations. Do you feel now that you will be able to meet their now-enhanced expectations?’

A: “‘It depends on what the expectations are. But I’ll tell you this. I believe that this country’s policies should be heavily biased in favor of non-discrimination. I believe when you tell people they can’t do certain things in this country that other people can do, there ought to be an overwhelming and compelling reason for it. I believe we need the services of all our people.

“‘And I have said that consistently, and not as a political proposition. The first time this issue came up was in 1991 when I was in Boston. I was just asked the question about it.

“‘And I might add, it’s interesting that I have been attacked, obviously, those who disagree with me are primarily coming from the political right in America. When I was governor, I was attacked in the other direction for sticking up for the rights of religious fundamentalists to run their child-care centers and to practice home schooling under appropriate safeguards. I just have always had an almost libertarian view that we should try to protect the rights of American individual citizens to live up to the fullest of their capacities. And I’m going to stick right with that.’”