Homeschooling: a Constitutional Right.
Damien M. Schiff of the Pacific Legal Foundation wrote this opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle. He’s big on parent’s rights to raise their own children, which you would think should not be questioned.
On a related note, Summer Minor has an excellent post on Parent’s rights this over at her Mom is Teaching blog.
But perhaps more important than any of the quality-of-education issues raised by this case is whether the state has the power to require parents who wish to instruct their children at home to obtain a teaching credential. The U.S. Supreme Court has long interpreted the Constitution as protecting parents’ rights to direct and oversee the education of their children. More than 80 years ago, the Supreme Court noted, in a case challenging an Oregon law requiring all children to attend public schools, that “The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” Read more…