From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/1/2013 10:32:16 AM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Calls Needed Immediately to Oppose Lowering Compulsory School Age from 7 to 5

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Calls Needed Immediately to Oppose Lowering
Compulsory School Age from 7 to 5

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The bill that would subject two more years of your child's life to
government mandates, SB 1307, emerged from Senate committee. The
battle now moves to the Senate floor. Your Illinois state senator
needs to hear from you immediately! The vote could be today.

Right now, children are not compelled to attend school until age 7.
SB 1307 would lower that to 5.

And don't be lulled into thinking they will stop at 5. If they
succeed this year, there is no question that future Illinois
legislatures will try to push it lower. It's part of a national trend
to rob more and more years from what should be the normal, joyful,
care-free part of a child's life. At least one legislature tried to
lower it to under 4 years of age!

This war on childhood must be halted in its tracks. You are a crucial
member of the team!


Visit the Illinois Legislature website to find who your Illinois
state senator is. Then call him or her with a message that can be as
simple as:

"Please vote 'no' on SB 1307. It would lower the age of compulsory
school attendance from 7 to 5. Everyone's taxes will go up. Parents,
not the government, should decide when it's best for their young child
to start formal education."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler since this
would affect every Illinois parent.

Please forward this email to others and urge them to contact their
Illinois state senator with the same message.


Forcing children to attend school at age 5 is a bad idea because:

1. There are no long-term repeatable studies proving that starting
school at age 5 rather than 7 is better for the child. Studies show
that early childhood education does not improve a child's future
because early gains disappear in a few years. This is especially
significant for boys, because they develop school-related skills more
slowly than girls at this age.

2. It decreases beneficial parent contact with children. Two extra
years of development outside of school can be critical for a young
child. Carl Zinsmeister, adjunct research associate at the American
Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, says, "Declining
parental attachment is an extremely serious risk to children today.
The verdict of enormous psychological literature is that time spent
with the parent is the very clearest correlate of healthy child
development." Parents should continue to have the authority to decide
what is best for their children.

3. The concept behind the bill is faulty. While it is true that young
children's brains develop rapidly, there is no reliable research that
says that formal education is better than a normal home environment
for helping the child grow intellectually. Many studies show just the
opposite: that a home where contact with parents is maximized is the
healthiest way for young children to grow mentally, emotionally and

4. SB 1307 would be costly. It will put pressure on lawmakers to
raise your taxes to pay for formal education parents don't want. It
will put pressure on school systems to borrow to build new buildings,
effectively transferring debt to the next generation.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott A. Woodruff,
Senior Counsel, HSLDA

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