HomeschoolingDid you see this article, “Criminalizing Home Schoolers,” in Time magazine? Judge H. Walter Croskey of the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles recently ruled that California state law requires that children between the ages of six and 18 can only be taught by credentialed teachers. This, of course, means that most homeschooled kids in the state will now be attending an “illegal” school.

I put “illegal” in quotes because homeschooling is so accepted by so many people – as you can see in the article, around 200,000 California kids are homeschooled – that I can’t believe that this ruling will be allowed to stand. If you have ever worked with parents who are homeschooling their children, as I did for many years, you know they are a tough and scrappy bunch who will fight the judge’s ruling to the end. Even the Governor has spoken up:

“Every California child deserves a quality education and parents should have the right to decide what’s best for their children,” Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement today. “Parents should not be penalized for acting in the best interests of their children’s education. This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts and if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights then, as elected officials, we will.”

But it’s sure to be the main topic of discussion for homeschooling parents nationwide, and librarians working with them should know about it.