I love Christians (I married one!) but if the goddamn crazy fundamentalist ones don’t stop ruining everything for the rest of us they are going on my permanent shit list.
Pretty much everyone I know has emailed or otherwise brought to my attention the California court case from earlier this week (last week?) in which the judge ruled that home schooling is ILLEGAL unless the parent is an accredited teacher.
This is the most ridiculous interpretation of the law that I have ever heard.
According to California law (and I am not versed in legalese so I am going by what the Home School Legal Defense says) any family can become a private school. Private school teachers in California ARE NOT REQUIRED to be accredited.
You can see how the ruling contradicts the law entirely, can’t you?
The main problem seems to be that the laws don’t actually say ANYTHING about home schooling itself, leaving it kind of open for interpretation whether it’s allowed. But there are a number of things that definitely ARE allowed, including the private school option I mentioned.
The OTHER main problem is that the family the court case was actually about have been up for various charges of abuse for the past TWENTY YEARS, so it seems to me that this was not about the home schooling AT ALL. And of course, they are Christian.
So of course, every single article about this either focuses on why home schooling is stupid or on how ONLY CRAZY FUNDIES HOME SCHOOL. Which we all know is absolutely true, right?
I am not worried. For one thing, I am certain it will be overturned OR applied only to the one family (there is a legal term for that which I have forgotten). For another, there are four and a half years until Sam is required to be enrolled in school. The laws might change by then anyway, or we might move, or my entire philosophy might change, or… really, anything could happen. I’ll worry about it then.
(Links to come. And possibly some more angry ranting because I am seriously OVER being lumped in with the wackos.)
(Please don’t write to defend the rest of the Christians. I know this is not Jesus’ fault.)
UPDATE: The Governator wants the ruling overturned. I love you, Ahnold!