From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/4/2013 11:58:03 AM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Calls Still Needed to Oppose Lowering Compulsory School Age from 7 to 5

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

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

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

There is still time to call! The bill that would subject two more
years of your child's life to government mandates, SB 1307, was not
voted on in the Illinois Senate on Friday, so your calls are still

The decision of when to start a child's formal education is incredibly
important. Starting a child too soon could set him or her up for
failure. Some 5- and 6-year-olds are just not ready developmentally
for school. But forcing it upon them means they could fall short and
end up feeling like a failure, starting a domino effect of low
confidence and low achievement for years.

No one knows a child as well as the parents. Parents, not government,
should decide whether a 5- or 6-year-old should start formal
schooling. One size does not fit all. Leave the decision to parents!


If you need your senator's contact information, see the section below.
Then call your senator with a message that can be as simple as:

"Please vote 'no' on SB 1307. Five- and 6-year-olds should not be
forced into school against their parents' wishes. Illinois is in
financial trouble. It's the wrong time to expand an expensive

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.


There are three options for finding out who your senator is and
getting contact information.

1. Phone call. Call the Illinois Legislature's information line at
217-782-4141. Select Option 3, then Option 2.

2. Website requiring "Silver Light." provides very accurate
information, but you must have a free browser plug-in program on your
computer called "Silver Light"-- which only takes about a minute to
download from Microsoft here:

3. Website not requiring "Silver Light." This link will provide
accurate information for many people, but it is not as accurate as the
website above and will return the wrong information for some people.


HSLDA and the Illinois Christian Home Educators are united in opposing
this bill.

Forcing children to attend school at age 5 or 6 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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