Homeschooling Maybe Ruled Illegal In the State of CA! A Must Read!

7 03 2008

If you are a homeschooling parent you need to read this!  I found this on albertmohler.com.  He is the president of the Southern Seminary that my husband attends.  He wrote on the decision this week that will make homeschooling illegal in the state of CA!  This can not go past our radar and needs to have our attention so that those of us that have chosen to homeschool will stand up for what we believe in. 

 This is what Albert Mohler had to say.

A Bolt From the Blue — A Homeschooling Decision in California

Like a bolt from the blue, a California appeals court has ruled that the state’s parents have no constitutional right to homeschool their own children. In a flash, a child welfare case that no one had noticed has become a flash point of controversy in the nation. Will homeschooling be ruled illegal in California?

Here is how The San Francisco Chronicle introduced the story:

A California appeals court ruling clamping down on homeschooling by parents without teaching credentials sent shock waves across the state this week, leaving an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants and their parents at risk of prosecution.

The homeschooling movement never saw the case coming.

“At first, there was a sense of, ‘No way,'” said homeschool parent Loren Mavromati, a resident of Redondo Beach (Los Angeles County) who is active with a homeschool association. “Then there was a little bit of fear. I think it has moved now into indignation.”

From The Los Angeles Times:

Parents who lack teaching credentials cannot educate their children at home, according to a state appellate court ruling that is sending waves of fear through California’s home schooling families. Advocates for the families vowed to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Enforcement until then appears unlikely, but if the ruling stands, home-schooling supporters say California will have the most regressive law in the nation. “This decision is a direct hit against every home schooler in California,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which represents the Sunland Christian School, which specializes in religious home schooling. “If the state Supreme Court does not reverse this . . . there will be nothing to prevent home-school witch hunts from being implemented in every corner of the state of California.”

The court’s decision states that California’s compulsory education statute does not allow for parents to teach their own children as an exemption. Instead, the only teachers qualified to teach children under the law are those with official teaching credentials.

The decision is sending shockwaves across the homeschooling movement nationwide. In California alone, over 160,000 families homeschool their own children. Some believe that the number is actually far higher.

In an event, the requirement of teacher credentials has long been used by the public school systems and teacher unions as a ploy to shut down competition.

In the most important section of the court’s ruling, the 3-judge panel ruled that California parents have no constitutional right to educate their own children. As the decision reads [see full text here]:

The trial court’s reason for declining to order public or private schooling for the

children was its belief that parents have a constitutional right to school their children in their own home. However, California courts have held that under provisions in the Education Code, parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children. Thus, while the petition for extraordinary writ asserts that the trial court’s refusal to order attendance in a public or private school was an abuse of discretion, we find the refusal was actually an error of law.

The words, “parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children,” is nothing less than explosive. Even as the court’s decision is expected to be stayed pending appeal, some parents are already making clear that they will move their families from the state if necessary.

As The Los Angeles Times reports:

Glenn and Kathleen, a Sacramento-area couple who requested that their last name not be used for fear of prosecution, home school their 9-year-old son Hunter because their Christian beliefs would be contradicted in a public school setting, Glenn said. He is troubled by the idea that his son would be exposed to teachings about evolution, homosexuality, same-sex marriage and sex education .”I want to have control over what goes in my son’s head, not what’s put in there by people who might be on the far left who have their own ideas about indoctrinating kids,” he said. If the ruling takes effect, Glenn vowed to move his family out of state. “If I can’t home school my son in California, we’re going to have to end up leaving California. That’s how important it is to me.”

This is a controversy that demands the attention of all parents. After all, if parents have no constitutional right to educate their own children, what other aspects of the parent’s choices for their own children lack protection? This question reaches far beyond educational decisions.

End of post by Dr. Mohler, you can always find more at albertmohler.com.

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8 Months Old

6 03 2008

Little Owen turned 8 months yesterday.  It is hard to believe that he is so close to a year!  The time is going fast, but we have been working very hard to enjoy every moment of it!  Isaac and Grace couldn’t be more proud of him, they take such great care of him.  Isaac is always saying to him, “Owen, you are my bestfriend.”.   It is so sweet seeing brothers love eachother so much.

A little about him: He sleeps about 11-12 hours at night (with one waking at 5 am on most days, sometimes two on a bad day), then 2 hours after waking he take an 1.5-2 hour nap.  Then he is up for about 2-2.5 hours and is back down for another 2 hour nap in the afternoon.  He is in bed about 7:30 or 8 everynight.  He only nurses 1 or 2 times at night and 2 times during the day.  He eats a lot at each session, so he doesn’t need as many.

He has another double ear infection and we are going on Wed. to the ENT to talk about tubes.  This is my first baby with ear infections so we are in a whole new land of parenting!  Hopefully everything works out great and he is fine within days!

He is such a happy baby and is saying 2 words.  He says “da da” and “hi”.  He sometimes even puts them together to say “Hi, da da” and waves his hand.  It is so cute!  He signs “more” and “milk”, but only when he really wants to!

He is such a doll baby and I will change my header to a new pic next week.  We are heading for Spring pics next week!





Recipes: Why Should I Have Something On Hand?

3 03 2008

After taking a wonderful class called Hospitality (a class at the Southern Seminary for woman) I have always kept a tried and true quick recipe on hand at all times. In this class our teacher Mrs. Mary Mohler talked about how you should be ready for guests at all times. You never know when someone will drop by or your husband will call home with an “I am brining a friend over for dinner”.

I searched my recipes and found one that is easy, I can keep all the ingredients on hand and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Easy Chicken Parmesan

1 jar of spaghetti sauce (26 oz.)

6 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese

6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees, pour sauce into 13×9 inch dish. Carefully stir in 4 Tbsp. of Parmesan cheese, add chicken, turn to coat. Cover with foil.

Bake for 30 mins. Uncover. Top with mozzarella and remaining 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese; continue to bake 5 mins. or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted.

I serve with some spaghetti noodles and a frozen veggie for a very quick meal at any time!

For dessert I always try to have a box of brownie mix. This way I can have an entire meal with dessert ready in less than 45 mins. with almost no notice…..now how the house looks is another story 😉 This is also great for if there is an unexpected meal that needs to be delivered to someone (death of a loved one, birth of a baby, bad day etc).