Thursday, March 12, 2009

Being Informed and Involved, in every way that you can

Don't bury your head in the sand at the very word.
House Bill 2144 represents one of the most blatant attacks on homeschooling. It threatens the right of parents to choose homeschooling for their children.
Not only are my homeschooling rights being challenged, but my parental rights are being challenged as well. If this were to pass, it would set precedents in both arenas.
Whose children are they?

If you'd like contact info for your representatives, please google it or jot me an email, and I'll be happy to hook you up with info!

The absolutely fundamental issue is 1) who has the basic fundamental responsibility for caring for and educating the children and 2) then the authority which derives from that responsibility. It should be obvious to everyone that the parents have a much more fundamental responsibility and authority than the state.
Certainly it's clear from scripture that God gives parents the responsibility to raise the children in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Eph. 5) as well as the centuries-old Jewish Shema of Deut. 6. Verse 7, e.g., "7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
So the issue comes down to the state seeking to usurp the authority and responsibility of the parents. It reminds me of what Hitler told the people of Germany, "We own your children; you don't." [Actually no one "owns" the children except God; but God has entrusted them to your care--not to the care of the state.] Nazi Germany required parents to enroll their children in Hitler Youth and as early as November 6, 1933 Hitler said in a speech, "I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already. . . . What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community." And on May 1, 1937, he declared, 'This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.' It was not an idle boast; that was precisely what was happening.'" Quoted p. 249 William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Simon & Schuster, 1959.
-Dr. William Burnside

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790 American Founding Father & Scientist)

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his
natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.

- George Washington

Please stay informed. Research bills. VOTE (and I mean in even the "small" elections!!) as well as placing calls and writing emails. Get involved in politics by actually running for office.
Start a PAC, or at least contribute to one.
Don't let others make decisions for you, or you will end up not having any decisions left to make.
Here is a great blog, written my Rep. Mark Martin. Check it out.


Rachel said...

I definitely agree with you, it's SO important to be informed and active! We just had two bills in committe over here in OK that were detrimental to homeschoolers. You bet I called and emailed my representation! Thankfully both bills were killed in committee.

Loveandadoor said...

I sent an e-mail.. and I so hope that this doesn't pass. thanks for the encouragement!

October said...

Hey, I can comment = ) and you can read me at fall-morning instead of fallmorning (which is apparently used up). But there's not much there.