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Homeschoolers are threatened with legal action and the confiscation of their children by the state if they do not comply with California’s educational policy. Is this really for the good of the children and to make sure they are getting a good education?

Justice H. Walter Croskey stated:  

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A primary purpose of the educational system is to train school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and the nation as a means of protecting the public welfare.

In other words, a primary purpose of the educational system is to disseminate state-sponsored propaganda.

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According to an article by Bob Egelko and Jill Tucker titled

Homeschoolers' setback sends shock waves through state 

The Second District Court of Appeal ruled that California law requires parents to send their children to full-time public or private schools or have them taught by credentialed tutors at home.


Either send your child to public school for the proper indoctrination, or pay for a state-credentialed tutor who has been licensed in the proper methods of indoctrination to state policies, or be criminally prosecuted.


"California courts have held that ... parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children," Justice H. Walter Croskey said in the 3-0 ruling issued on Feb. 28. Parents can be criminally prosecuted for failing to comply, Croskey said

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The appellate court ruling has set a precedent that can now be used to go after homeschoolers. "With this case law, anyone in California who is homeschooling without a teaching credential is subject to prosecution for truancy violation, which could require community service, heavy fines and possibly removal of their children under allegations of educational neglect," Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute said. (article excerpt) 

The term “educational neglect” lends one to believe that this ruling is concerned with the actual educational quality that students may or may not receive from non-credentialed parents. This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Leslie Heimov, executive director of the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, said her organization's chief concern was not the quality of the children's education, but their "being in a place daily where they would be observed by people who had a duty to ensure their ongoing safety." (article excerpt)

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Barbara H. Peterson is retired from the California Department of Corrections, where she worked as a Correctional Officer at Folsom Prison. She was one of the first females to work at the facility in this classification. After retirement, she went to (more...)

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