Friday, February 13, 2009

Why HSLDA is getting it wrong (CPSIA)

Valerie Jacobsen at The Bookroom explains, point by point. This is her last point, and it's something to think about:

"Finally, think about this…. HSLDA exists for the purpose of protecting families from federal and state aggression for the legal act of homeschooling. Since HSLDA does have a legitimate purpose for its own existence, it seems a little odd to presume that no families need protection from federal and state aggression if they do, in fact, commit illegal acts. If a law was passed that made homeschooling “technically illegal,” with fines and jail terms attached, I think HSLDA would be flooding the Internet with Calls to Action, enforcement promises notwithstanding."

(Hat tip to Sebastian.)


Sebastian said...

Aw shucks, thanks for the hattip. I like the new avatar. It reminds me that before a better Latin scholar revised it, my college class motto read, "Semper defendre libre."
I wish we weren't living overseas. I would make a real pest of myself over this law and give the kids some good political training in the process.

Anonymous said...

We have been HSLDA members for several years (two homeschoolers are now married for more than 2 years) and HSLDA is doing a very good job. If only to clarify the laws to certain misguided and/or arrogant district officials with the threat of legal action, something that we are unable to do financially if there were a need to get a lawyer on our own, then they are well worth the annual cost.

Mama Squirrel said...

I am not questioning HSLDA's commitment to homeschoolers, or criticizing anyone's choice to support them through memberships. The point is that, based on what they have printed on their website, they don't seem to understand the enormous impact of this legislation on small businesses, particularly those relating to the homeschool community; and on peoples' freedom to buy and sell books printed before 1985, something that also impacts many homeschoolers.

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