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February 24, 2006

Public School Official Admits Ulterior Motive

Ronald Reagan once said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."

Homeschoolers should be similarly wary when public schools offer to help them. In a moment of candor, a Kansas public school superintendent recently acknowledged his motivation for working in a cooperative, friendly manner with homeschool students:

    "Our district has always worked with home school families. We allow home schooled students to co-enroll at all levels. Most districts do not. Our virtual school is mostly home schooled students. My philosophy is to work with families and help them become comfortable with public schooling."
    —Supt. Randy Weseman (Source: Lawrence Journal-World online, Feb. 22, 2006)

But more comfort with public schooling means less independence and liberty.

The push to lure homeschool families into the public schools is truly a nationwide phenomenon. We have seen legislation promoting public schools-in-the-home in many states this year.

"The continued prosperity of homeschooling requires that we reject even the most friendly offers to enroll our children in public school classes."

To view the entire interview.