I joined a homeschooling legal defense association

Larry Sanger

Actually, I joined the Homeschooling Legal Defense Association (as a rank-and-file paying member). Authoritarianism is on the march, and while homeschooling has enjoyed a golden age in the last couple decades, having achieved both acceptance (even a measure of prestige) and legal freedom, I’m worried that that might be changing. It isn’t any particular event, just the steady, low drumbeat of left-wing concern that people might be doing something with children that isn’t closely monitored and controlled by the state. “How dare citizens educate their children independently?” they think. “Surely, the experts in our government-run education establishments know best. Why can’t we be more like Germany and Sweden, which have superior public schools, while homeschooling is illegal?”

If people are becoming so ignorant or unsupportive of basic American civil rights and freedoms such as freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, Fourth Amendment privacy rights, and basic due process—depressing, isn’t it?—then we can predict that, within the next five or ten years, a major push to control or even eliminate homeschooling will get under way in countries where it is still legal (such as the U.S., Canada, U.K., Russia (!), Poland, South Africa, and Australia).

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