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.
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.
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.