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A Constitutional Amendment About Homeschooling

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There is a proposed Constitutional amendment regarding parents’ rights and homeschooling you should know about.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN3) of Indiana has introduced House Joint Resolution 36, a proposed change to the Constitution that guarantees parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their own children.

Why is this even necessary, you wonder. Supporters of the proposed amendment worry the United Nations’ Convention of the Rights of the Child will erode Americans’ individual rights concerning child and family issues by transferring governance of such matters to the United Nations.

Read this clear explanation of Rep. Bank’s bill with its pros and cons.

Although American homeschoolers have significant educational freedom, this right is not immutable. 50 years ago, my mom had to hide my brother and me during school hours. We were ready to lie about doctor and dentist appointments in case we were asked why we weren’t in school.

You may have noticed, laws can be changed or reversed. Please write to your senators and congresspeople. It’s really easy. Just go to their websites and type your message in their email windows.

Like you, homeschooling plays a big part in our lives and I support all parents’ right to homeschool and make decisions about their kids. However, I am uncomfortable with changing the Constitution. My thoughts on the matter are here.

Choose your level of involvement in government affairs and continue being informed citizens.

Pssssst. The link to this post just got blocked by Facebook as a violation of community standards. How about that!

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