I grew up in southern California - I confess it. Throughout my life, I knew that I lived in a socially progressive state. By progressive, I don't mean actual progress, but progressive in the sense of liberal social-engineering. One way in which California has excelled in such "progressiveness" lies in the area of a Gestapo-like secular-education system that presents itself as a kind of second member of Humanism's trinity. Of course, the other two members of this idol are Evolution & Sexual Promiscuity. This is why I often say that I grew up as an evolutionary atheist. It is not that my parents foisted this upon me per se, instead the educational environment in which I was raised pummeled me with a dogmatically humanistic "theology" which left me with no other alternatives of thought, because...
...my teachers were the infallible operatives of the state.
What else might one expect from Humanism's incarnation of secular education but infallibility? And lest anyone question California's special devotion to its only-begotten, remember that approximately 50% of California's annual budget is consumed by an educational system that can barely get by with spending roughly $10,000.00 per student, per year.
Question: Can I have $60,000.00 in annual school credits for my six children?
All this to say (sadly) that I wasn't terribly surprised when I read this reported abomination, as supplied on Fox News:
AP Story, Friday, March 07, 2008
LOS ANGELES — California parents without teaching credentials cannot legally home school their children, according to a recent state appellate court ruling.
"Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children," Justice H. Walter Croskey wrote in a Feb. 28 opinion for the 2nd District Court of Appeal.
Noncompliance could lead to criminal complaints against the parents, Croskey said.
The immediate impact of the ruling was not clear. Opponents said they will appeal.
An estimated 166,000 students in California are home schooled, but it was unclear how many of them are taught solely by an uncredentialed parent.
To earn a five-year preliminary teaching credential in California, a person must obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and complete multiple examinations.
Until now, California allowed home schooling if parents filed paperwork to establish themselves as small, private schools; hired a credentialed tutor; or enrolled their child in an independent study program run by an established school while teaching the child at home.
The state left enforcement up to local school districts, but there has been little oversight.
The old system "works so well, I don't see any reason to change it," said J. Michael Smith, president of the Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association.
The ruling stems from a case involving Phillip and Mary Long, a Los Angeles-area couple whose eight children are enrolled or have been enrolled in Sunland Christian School in suburban Sylmar and occasionally have taken tests there.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services intervened after the couple's eldest child "reported physical and emotional mistreatment" by the father, court papers said. The department conducted an investigation and found that despite the couple's assertion that their children were enrolled at Sunland, they were educated at home by their mother, who does not have a teaching credential.
An attorney appointed to represent two of the Longs' young children asked the court to order that the children physically attend a public or private school. A trial court disagreed, and the lawyer appealed.
Under California law, children are required to enroll in and attend public schools unless they attend a private school, or are tutored by a credentialed teacher. The appeals panel found that the Longs did not adequately demonstrate that the exemptions apply to their children.
Attorneys for the state Department of Education were reviewing the ruling, and home schooling organizations were lining up against it.
Phillip Long vowed to take the case to the state Supreme Court.
"I have sincerely held religious beliefs," he told the Los Angeles Times. "Public schools conflict with that. I have to go with what my conscience requires me."
Please forgive my cynicism here, but California has been an obnoxious band leader for the nation. The rest of the nation has followed many of the policies that have been tooted by this west-coast pied piper. Time will tell whether this verse of Humanism's bad-trinitarian hymn will catch on or not.