For those who trust the government to benevolently watch over you, protecting your privacy and self-determination in health care and other matters, ‘Puter offers the following in rebuttal.
A New Hampshire court ordered a girl to attend public school despite an on the record finding that her homeschooling has “more than kept up with the academic requirements of the [local] school system.” The problem is that the girl’s mother is devoutly Christian, and the court (and the divorced father*) think the girl is failing to consider other viewpoints.
In ‘Puter’s humble opinion, the state is without authority to force a child, otherwise adequately educated, into the state run public school system. Americans are free to opt out, so long as the child’s education does not suffer. The father’s argument, supported by the guardian ad litem, seems to be “she’s doing fine academically, participates in lots of after-school activities, but she sure could use some exposure to non-Christian ideas.” What’s the basis for usurping the parent with primary custody’s authority here? ‘Puter can think of none. ‘Puter will try to dig out the case and do a more thorough review, but upon initially review, this decision stinks to high heaven.
Afterthought: ‘Puter awaits the State of New Hampshire to require all Mennonites and Amish living within its jurisdiction to send their children to public schools. The court’s reasoning requires it.
*For the record, ‘Puter is always amused when self-professed fundamentalist Christians are divorced, because as Christ himself said, “[w]hat therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Mark 10:9.