Friday, November 18, 2011

Hired A Homeschool Legal Posse

Remember Elian? If not, Google...

30 years ago homeschooling was highly regulated and practically *illegal* in almost every state.

But homeschoolers and their lawyers quietly fought back and won reclaimed the freedom to education their own - a freedom many homeschoolers take for granted today.

I've been reading all about it in - Home Schooling, the Right Choice: An Academic, Historical, Practical, and Legal Perspective - which so far has been a compelling read.

I mean, what would I do if a Social Worker or agent from Child Protective Services showed up on my doorstep tomorrow and demanded to come in to meet my kids and inspect our living conditions (because we don't send them to government school)???

Even after watching 1,000 episodes of Law & Order I still didn't know what the right course of action is.

The author - Christopher Klicka - has represented several hundred, if not more than a thousand families over the years who've been persecuted and harassed by principals, edu-crats, social workers, et al.

I'll give a more comprehensive review of the book when I finish it.

But the stories of what Big Government can do to homeschoolers (i.e. throw your kids in a foster home!) got me a little scared (and grateful).

So just now I joined Klicka's Homeschool Legal Defense Association. It's $500 for five years of guaranteed legal protection. Over that time they will represent us in ANY disputes we have with our school district, social workers,...

Newbies can read about the little tiff I had with my district last year - here.


Anne Galivan said...

Two things:

1) Ann Coulter's "How to Talk to a Liberal If You Must" gives a compelling account of what really happened with the Elian Gonzalez case and it is appalling.

2) I'd like to think that you started reading Klicka's book because I recommend it on my site so often? It is a fantastic book and required reading for anyone wanting to marry my daughter. If it doesn't convince Christians that they need to be homeschooling their kids I don't know what will.

By the way, Chris Klicka went home to be with the Lord last year after battling Multiple Sclerosis for 15 years. He left a huge family (I don't remember how many kids he and his wife had but I think it's at least 10). And yes, he was one of the early pioneers who paved the way for our freedoms.

CaptiousNut said...


I believe I did ultimately read it based upon your recommendation. So thanks.

Glad to know I'm finally intellectually qualified to marry your princess!

Although I did find you *MIL material* a lot sooner...

Anne Galivan said...

Hmmm...based on what you've written about your MIL I'm pretty sure that's not a compliment but...

In any case, I will be a wonderful MIL. My goal is to have major input into WHO my kids marry, and then once they're married pretty much stay the he** out of their way. Though of course I will be a wonderful babysitter.