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Why Homeschool Should Not Be Publicly Funded

Sure, it sounds like a great idea. We are paying into the education system through our taxes, after all. If our children were attending school, textbooks and curriculum would be supplied for us. Why not allow homeschoolers some financial recompense, perhaps in the form of free textbooks, or a tax rebate?

However, this situation can get out of hand. In Ontario, Catholic schools are publicly-funded. This means that the government oversees their curriculum just as it does the public school curriculum. In 2010, Dalton McGuinty, then Premier of Ontario introduced a new sex-ed curriculum to teach about age-inappropriate  issued to children ages 6 and up. Part of the recommended curriculum included role-playing in which prepubescent children would practice “coming out” as gay or lesbian to their parents. McGuinty specifically stated that Catholic schools would NOT be exempted from teaching this curriculum.tdsb propaganda

The poster on the right was printed by the TDSB in the aftermath of McGuinty’s sex-ed curriculum changes. It was put up in Toronto public schools. Take note of the threesomes among the homosexual and heterosexual couples.

While this poster was not a requirement for Catholic schools, Ontario did force Catholic schools into hosting extracurricular Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs.

Sure, you might say. A school board that is publicly-funded is obviously going to have to fall in line with government standards. But what does this have to do with homeschoolers? The government has no right to come into my home and dictate what or how I teach my children.

On the contrary, the government in Alberta has been attempting just that. Homeschoolers and private schools stood together against Bill 2, a piece of proposed legislation that would have made all educators (whether public, private, or home educators) subject to the Alberta Human Rights Act, which wouldn’t allow for religious instruction that promoted one worldview above another (excepting, of course, the secular humanist worldview which has come to be viewed as ‘neutral’).Fortunately, this legislation ended up filibustered, but this type of legislation could potentially be enacted anywhere.

government homeschoolIf we allow ourselves to be enticed by the promise of government funding, are we not also more likely to be bound by
less welcome government intervention?

In case you think this is a purely Canadian phenomenon, the website for the INCH Conference in Michigan, links to two related movies, Exposing a Trojan Horse, and Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights.

 

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Christian wife and homeschooling mother of five children, ages 1 through 9 years. Recently diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos. Trusting in Jesus for His plan for my life, and for my family. He was gracious to save my husband and myself 5 and 6 years ago, respectively. And really, He saved me just in time. Because how could I ever have handled this illness without Him?

One thought on “Why Homeschool Should Not Be Publicly Funded

  1. That is so scary. I am so grateful to be homeschooling our precious children – but I do fear that our ‘rights’ will change over the years. I am praying for God’s protection! Thank you for keeping us informed. We need to stay on top of what is happening instead of burying our heads in the sand and hoping the government won’t come knocking/banging on our door one day.

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