On these pages, I recently wrote about the plight of a German Christian family, the Romeikes, who were granted asylum in the United States because they sought the freedom to homeschool their children. Germany does not permit homeschooling. However, after initially granting asylum, the Obama Administration has rescinded their asylum, a decision that was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week. To the Obama Administration, homeschoolers, and particularly homeschooling Christians, are a serious threat. How much of a threat? Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security has funded military-style exercises that portrayed homeschoolers as terrorists. A recent police exercise earlier this month in Puyallup, Washington, showed police battling “angry parents” in a simulated shooting and armed siege at a school. (Of course, there has been no violence by “angry parents” attacking schools. But I digress.) However, attacking homeschoolers is not a new phenomenon. The May 8, 1995, issue of Time Magazine (at page 62) linked the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City with homeschoolers. The bombing, Time said, resulted from “well known-elements of far-right thought: tax protesters, Christian homeschoolers, conspiracy theorists… and self-reliant types” in opposition to the federal government. (Emphasis added.) At around the same time, Lew Finch, the superintendent of schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in an interview with the Des Moines Register on May 4, 1995, directly blamed that bombing on those suspicious of government schools. Dr. Finch said, “There is a dedicated, very well organized, very well financed movement in America that is very anti-public schools, very anti-government. The ultimate example of that sentiment is the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.” (Emphasis added.)
Consistent with the media and government animus against homeschoolers, a number of years ago, police in Muskegon, Michigan, conducted a mock attack on a school bus as part of a terrorism response exercise. The terrorists were said to be fanatical homeschoolers. However, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District later apologized for characterizing homeschoolers as terrorists after hundreds of complaints were received. In 2011, Pottawatamie County, Iowa, and Homeland Security conducted an exercise simulating a school shooting. The shooter was portrayed as a “white teen boy, whose family is involved in anti-illegal immigration rallies” and supports the Second Amendment. (Well, given the teen’s propensity for violence, he sure sounds like he was homeschooled!)
The stereotypes fostered by our government deliberately demonize homeschoolers as violent and dangerous. For those of us who have had the privilege to know many homeschooled children, you are undoubtedly impressed with the fact that they are anything but violent and dangerous. Rather, you will have noticed their courtesy, intelligence, work ethic, and ability to converse intelligently. Standardized test scores are far higher on average for homeschoolers than for those who have attended government schools. Given that homeschoolers are academically, emotionally, and socially prepared to succeed at college, many colleges and universities actively recruit and admit homeschoolers. (For example, Covenant College, a Christian college in Georgia, presently has 23% of its student body come from homeschool backgrounds.) Thus, in spite of the troubling and insidious government propaganda that compares homeschoolers to violent terrorists, we should encourage homeschoolers, their parents, and their freedom-loving supporters to combat this massive governmental brainwashing effort that seeks to eradicate parent-directed education. Homeschoolers and their parents are targeted by the Obama Administration because they pose a threat to the government’s monopoly for indoctrination and social engineering. In the Obama Administration’s legal briefs against the Romeikes, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice argued that homeschooling is not a parent’s “fundamental right,” which is in direct opposition to prior decisions of the Supreme Court. And we haven’t even spoken about what the Obama Administration is planning with the “Common Core” curriculum. More about that soon!