Progressives Building Their Case Against Homeschooling

Eugenio Marongiu /

How America’s children are being educated is becoming one of the hottest button topics for politicians all over the nation. The progressives’ persistence in seeing their agenda included in the public school curriculum has caused parents nationwide to begin investigating what their children are being fed in the classroom. Another major issue that raises significant concern is how the government closed the doors of schools for so long over the COVID-19 pandemic.

All these tension points have caused a record number of parents to consider homeschooling as the best education for their children.

A report published recently found that from March 2020 to September 2020, homeschooling increased across the country by between 5.4% and 11%. By the summer of 2021, there were 5 million kids in the United States getting their education at home.

With all that is happening today behind the most left agenda in kindergarten classes, that number is almost sure to increase.

Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet has been criticizing homeschooling for some time now. She said it was essentially unregulated and there are very few requirements placed on parents. Bartholet has even alleged that homeschooling violates children’s rights to “meaningful education” and protection from abuse.

In a paper that Bartholet wrote for the Arizona Law Review, she said that homeschooling parents are “descendants of the original conservative Christian wing that rejected many of the views and values reflected in public education and the larger society as inconsistent with religious beliefs.”

After filling the paper with threats over the so-called “deregulation” by homeschooling activists, they wrote that many homeschooling parents are doing it so that their children are isolated from “ideas and values central to our democracy (and they are) determined to keep their children from exposure to views that might enable autonomous choice about their future lives. Many promote racial segregation and female subservience. Many question science.”

Does her perspective carry any real weight?

The National Home Education Research Institute found that homeschool students perform significantly better than those who are in institutional schools. And these results do not have to do with their parent’s level of education or income.

Here’s another interesting statistic: parents who homeschool spend an average of $600 per year for each homeschooled child. That is just 4% of the over $15,000 taxpayers spend for each student in government-run schools.

Despite these realities, Bartholet and her progressive allies, are proposing “A radical transformation in the homeschooling regime and a related rethinking of child rights and a presumptive ban on homeschooling.”

She wants to put the burden on parents to demonstrate why they should get permission to homeschool.

The teachers’ union is another substantial voice speaking against homeschooling in America. The National Education Association is the self-proclaimed largest professional organization in America. They have said that students who learn at home must receive teaching that follows the regular curriculum. They also have declared that instruction should be “implemented, documented, monitored, and assessed by a licensed teacher.”

The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, has been clear in her thoughts about homeschooling. When the Washington Post released an article about the rise in homeschooling among black families due to racism, Weingarten said that it was “not okay,” and that no student should choose to be educated at home because of how they are treated at school.

The national director of research for the American Federation for Children, Corey DeAngelis, said, “The jig is up. Teachers’ unions overplayed their hand over the past two years and awakened a sleeping giant: parents who want more of a say in their children’s education.” He noted that parents are now the new “special interest” group in town and they aren’t going to go away any time soon.

That sleeping giant is certainly going to be ready come November, and the progressives against homeschooling should be ready.