As a home schooling mother of four who reads the Journal each day, I was pleased to see that you weighed in on the misguided ruling by the California Court of Appeal regarding home schooling. The home schooling movement is indeed a free market solution to a thorny problem that has arisen in American education since the mid-twentieth century.
Over the last fifty years our courts and our culture have constructed an odd parallel universe in government schools.
The public school teacher is constricted by politically correct positions on the environment (it is more important than the people who live in it), Western culture (our obligation to point out its failings is more important than celebrating its triumphs), the developing world (its purity is forever scarred by Western culture), capitalism (it benefits only the rich), science (its theories are the only absolutes), and morality (whatever you decide is right).
My husband and I consider it our responsibility and privilege to ensure our kids receive a full education rooted in truth. We are not outsourcing this task to our government, even though that is the cheaper option.
Home schooling is, in effect, an innovative product that is the result of free people and free markets. Let's hope that our government, instituted to protect our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, will not act to end home schooling in order to protect its own monopoly in the education market.
Amy Shimer Edwards
I'll let you know if they run the letter.
Today the Journal printed letters on this issue and did not print this one. Maybe next time!