Last week the San Angelo Standard-Times ran an editorial on their opinion of the need for more “government response to crimes.” This is in relation to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) group in that area and the prosecution and conviction of their leader Warren Jeffs.
The paper laments the fact that CPS has not been on the property of FLDS “despite the removal of more than 400 children from the ranch in 2008 in perhaps the largest child custody case in U.S. history.” There is a reason for that. As I wrote regarding this pre-planned violation of the law by CPS and the horrible abuse of the innocent children at their hands, DFPS violated the law in removing the vast majority of these children and the Texas Courts confirmed that.
During the last session of the Texas Legislature, the State Representative representing this area offered legislation designed to address the “needs” that the editorial calls for, and the result was HB 253, which would have radically undermined not only parental rights for all parents in Texas, but home schooling as well. This is what happens when the government seeks to target a specific group because of its beliefs.
The newspaper says “that type of home schooling warrants some sort of state oversight to ensure that basic instruction standards are being met.” So what is that type of home schooling? Does the Standard-Times mean that certain religious parents would be required to get permission to homeschool and have to meet the state regulations required of public schools? If so, the state would obviously define what theological positions will make that requirement go into effect. The paper is promoting what is obviously a violation of the exercise of our religious freedom. Perhaps, what they mean is that those who live in rural areas on farms or ranches should be required to have government oversight of their home school, which is equally ridiculous.
Maybe what they are suggesting is state regulation of anyone who home schools “to ensure that basic instruction standards are being met.” The state can’t even ensure that basic instruction standards are being met in public schools! As numerous studies have shown, state regulation does not lead to better education. Home schooling is not broke…don’t try to fix it.