And the Homeschool Legal Defense Association responds appropriately to Robin West's The Harms of Homeschooling. Here are a few excerpts:
While the number of people in academia who are openly critical of homeschooling are few, every now and again an article will be published in a university periodical which attacks homeschooling. The critics in academia come from the far left of the political spectrum. One such critic, Robin L. West of the Georgetown University Law Center, recently published an article titled “The Harms of Homeschooling,” which appeared in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue of the University of Maryland’s Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly.
In the article she says, “Education, after all, is typically described as a core, and possibly the core, state responsibility.” We hope you’d agree that anyone who can entertain the idea that education is the core responsibility of the state (even though education is not mentioned as a state responsibility in the U.S. Constitution) and neglect to recognize that defense/national security is the core responsibility of the state is clearly out of the mainstream.
Later in the article Ms. West says, “Homeschooling is now such an entrenched practice, recriminalization is not a viable option in any event.” It appears that Ms. West is suggesting that she would not oppose regarding homeschoolers as criminals?
The level of ignorance, misinformation, and a heavy-handed, statist mindset revealed in West's comments is astounding. Fortunately, HSLDA's response sets the record straight. You can read their response here.
(What is it about certain academics who want to put everyone who disagrees with them in jail? It seems that those who would think outside the box or challenge the status quo are viewed as a threat. What is it they fear? The loss of their monopoly? I thought one of the cornerstones of higher learning was diversity and free expression. Not so according to the the control freak, authoritarian statists.)