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Thoughts on HR 3753 and S1691 Home School Non-Discrimination Act of 2005 (HONDA)

Monday, October 03, 2005
Happy Monday all!

Hope good weekends were had by all.

I just wanted to say that I don’t like what I am hearing about the Home School Non-Discrimination Act or HONDA bill (as its supporters like to call it).

Go here to learn some more. Also, if you want to find the text of this bill, go to this site and enter HR 3753.

At first blush, people (homeschooling parents) may like the sound of some special attention to our needs. Most of us come from a shared reality of government regulated everything, including public school. Thing is, we didn’t have to get into the nitty gritty of implementing those regulations as students and we were used to the certain loss of rights to privacy and choice in conduct etc etc.

It’s a different matter all together when we are talking about ASKING the government to impose regulations, the very regulations that we are trying to side-step (or, better implement in our own systems i.e., curriculum choice/development).

This bill is NOT in our best interests exactly because it is ASKING TO REGULATE HOMESCHOOLING.

Repeat after me, it is ASKING TO REGULATE HOMESCHOOLING. (Be honest, does that sound like a good thing to you?)

Now why would any sane person intentionally ask the IRS to breathe down it’s back and to define what homeschooling is FOR them?!

Why would any sane person be asking the Dept of Defense to look into our homeschools like nests for the harvest?!

No ONE homeschooling parent should be or likely is ASKING TO REGULATE HOMESCHOOLING.

No, its not actual people, it’s the Large Un-named Non-secular Law Firm Lobbyist Organization (LUNSLFLO), in its efforts to be a good soldier in the Grover Norquist School of Government (sic).

[Grover Norquist is the man who said "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."]

LUNSLFLO seeks to deliver the homeschool movement, on behalf (sic) of it’s poorly represented families, on a platter to the likes of the Bush Administration.

To the Norquists of the republican world, homeschooling is perfection in their eyes… its perfect OUTSOURCING.

We homescooling parents don’t see it that way. We do it for MANY reasons but I doubt its because we want to do Bush’s Dept of Ed a favor by taking on the full financial and logistical burden, easing theirs.

I certainly don’t. I am fully supportive (including the hefty taxes I pay) of public schools, this is part of our social contract.

This bill, Home School Non-Discrimination Act, is simply a way to further streamline the whole dismantling of public education, with NO benefit to us homeschoolers, and its ..

repeat after me…

..ASKING TO REGULATE HOMESCHOOLING.

This should not be a hard one, yall. There should be a good amount of clarity around this: Homeschoolers were not born yesterday nor was the notion of homeschooling.

HOMESCHOOLING IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE, we are not waging war with the Dept. of Education, we have opted out. We are not soldiers for some lunatic fringe element of the republican party, marching to close all public schools (most of us are not but LUNSLFLO would like to make it seem like they are fighting on OUR behalf, not mine, thanks. They claim to represent us but they represent something like 90,000 families out of 5 million.. its hard to believe that a law firm effectively represents 90K people and I don’t think it does even that).

If your family holds conservative values, don’t kid yourself that what I have written here is about not being conservative.. Do you enjoy what the current administration has done in your name so far?

HOMESCHOOLING IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE its ALL about our KIDS, not their ideology.

Make sure it stays that way.

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  • Well Said. Came in via Kara.

    By Blogger Ron R, at 7:40 PM  
  • Ron,

    thanks for stopping by and for your kind remarks. Isnt Kara the best! I also appreciate reading all of your remarks over there.. the entire discussion has been very instructive for me!

    By Blogger nika, at 7:58 PM  
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