Theodore's World: Homeschoolers Win Round Against United Nations

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April 13, 2010

Homeschoolers Win Round Against United Nations

Homeschoolers win round against United Nations

But officials warn crackdown on family rights expected to continue


Homeschoolers have won a round in the long fight against the crackdown on family rights contained in the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child, but experts say they need to keep up their guard.

The convention, which is not yet ratified in the United States but has been adopted by numerous other nations, orders that children can choose their own religion with parents only having the authority to advise them, the government can override a parent's decision regarding a child if a social worker disagrees, a child has a right to a government review of every parental decision and Christian schools would violate the law if they refused to teach children "alternative worldviews."

And all corporal punishment, such as spankings, would be banned by law.

The conflict had arisen over legislation that was proposed in the United Kingdom, called the Children, Schools and Families Bill, that would have set into law many of the provisions and issues demanded by the U.N. plan.

However, according to a report from the Home School Legal Defense Association, that proposal for now has been dropped. The British government's Department of Children, School and Families said it was tabling the plan because "no agreement could be reached between government and opposition parties."
The HSLDA is the world's premier advocate for homeschooling and has been active in cases across the United States as well as in Europe. Earlier, Michael Donnelly, a staff attorney and director of international relations for HSLDA, said British plan was "breathtaking in its scope and reflects a perverse level of suspicion towards parents who home-educate their children."
The proposal would have placed "total discretion in the hands of local education officials to determine whether or not they will 'register' a home-education program and would require criminal-background checks for parents before they could begin to homeschool their own children," he said.

In the HSLDA's report on the demise – for now – of the U.K. proposal, it said the U.K. government had promoted the regulations as having "new and stronger powers to enforce parents' responsibilities in supporting the school in maintaining good behavior including the possibility of a court-imposed parenting plan."

But the HSLDA said the bill actually would have "granted almost unfettered discretion to public authorities to terminate homeschool programs and to have almost unrestricted access to the homes of British homeschoolers."

The HSLDA said the decision is a victory for now.

"In defeating this measure, British homeschoolers have blunted an effort by those who seek to impose unnecessary restriction on parents who home educate. Britain remains the freest European country for home educators. Many German families have fled persecution in Germany to the United Kingdom to enjoy its free environment for home education," the HSLDA said.

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Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, one of the groups that coalesced to stage the fight in the U.K., said, "Home educators came together in great numbers and their voices [were] heard to an extent that even some members of the government's own party were against the sweeping nature of the proposed restrictions."

But he cautioned the battle isn't over.

"Government bureaucrats and local authorities still have homeschoolers in their sights. These officials will almost certainly seek to pressure the new government to take up these restrictions in some form in the next government, no matter who wins. These bureaucrats have a statist mind-set and believe that the government ought to be more involved in British families when the reverse is true. What we need here in Britain is less government involvement and more protection of the family to make decisions on its own," he said.


Wild Thing's comment.......

OH so the UN knows how to raise children??

Pro Muslim United Nations is ok with Muslims marry off their 12 year-old daughters? Little girls can be “circumcised” Children can carry machine guns? Since when do we want the UN to be advocates for children?

The UN and government hates u homeschoolers because they have taken their kids out from their control by not sending them to school for daily indoctrination. Since homeschooling implies independence of the public education system, I would suggest this would be a threat to the totalitarian in chief.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at April 13, 2010 06:47 AM



Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at April 13, 2010 10:13 AM

I don't want any world political body regulating any part of my personal life. The UN should't have jacks--t to say about my kids education. And the UN or OAS should not have a damn thing to say about my gun ownership.

Posted by: TomR at April 13, 2010 10:24 AM

Well said Tom. Amen...

Posted by: Mark at April 13, 2010 02:38 PM

Darth, good one!!

DITTO that Tom!

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 14, 2010 03:07 AM