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7/20/2011 12:15:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey: HSLDA Responds to Star-Ledger Article

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New Jersey--HSLDA Responds to Star-Ledger Article

Dear HSLDA Members:

A New Jersey journalist recently authored an article entitled
"Reading, Writing, and Radical" (in the hard copy) or "New Jersey: The
Wild West of Education" (the online version). The thrust of her
article was that the government should control the content of what
homeschool families teach, because otherwise parents might give their
children lessons that "defy science and common sense."

In homeschools, parents have the right to control lesson content in
all 50 states--including New Jersey. Let's look at some of the fruit
of letting parents control lesson content--even if it "defies science
and common sense."

Twice as many homeschool kids go to college as others. Twice as many
contribute money to a political candidate, party or cause. Twice as
many participate in protests or boycotts. More than twice as many work
for a political candidate, party or cause. Twice as many vote. That's
a civic involvement record that would turn most teachers green with
envy. (Homeschooling Grows Up,
Dr. Brian D. Ray)

In public schools, on the other hand, parents "have no constitutional
right ... to prevent a public school from providing its students with
whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise."
(Fields v. Palmdale School District, 2005) So let's look at the fruit
when individual parents have no control, and government agencies can
mandate content consistent with their view of "science and common

Among young adults who were not homeschooled, four times as many say
they are not too happy. Four times as many say they are dissatisfied
with their jobs. Four times as many think life is dull. Nineteen times
as many think that luck and help from others is more important than
hard work in getting ahead. (same source)

For all the efforts of schools to make kids feel good about
themselves, it looks like it's the homeschool parents that end up with
children with high self-confidence, motivation, and happiness. Is
there possibly some advantage in defying science and common sense that
we don't quite understand yet?

For a better understanding of why some folks want to give the
government power to control homeschool lesson content, read this
article You might imagine
it was published as a response to the Star-Ledger article, but it was
actually published six months before!

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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