All it takes is a couple of bizarre cases of abuse and the combined claim to be homeschooling to start laws like the one being proposed in the UK.
Plan called most ‘overbearing law in the English-speaking world’
A proposal in the British Parliament calling for mandatory criminal background checks for parents who want to homeschool their children is the most “overbearing law in the English-speaking world,” charges a U.S. advocacy group.
“This bill is breathtaking in its scope and reflects a perverse level of suspicion towards parents who home-educate their children,” said Michael Donnelly, a staff attorney and director of international relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association.
The group is the world’s premiere advocate for homeschooling and has been active in cases in Europe as well as the U.S.
Donnelly said the bill “places 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 homeschool their own children.”…
Parents who educate their children at home should undergo criminal records checks, according to the Government’s education inspectors. …
… Ofsted’s proposal raises new concerns about state control of family life. Mr Wells said: “If Ofsted are calling for CRB checks for home-educating parents now, how long will it be before they are demanding that all parents are CRB-checked?”
Robert Whelan of the Civitas think-tank called the proposal “monstrous” in suggesting that “you can no longer be a parent without a piece of paper from the state.”…
It is strange though that if a parent doesn’t pass a background check they can’t homeschool but can still parent the child the rest of the time? I guess this is just the first step to maybe requiring background checks on people before allowing them to have children.
While I’m sure the desire is to protect children who will not pass the background checks? That would be left totally up to the government. Maybe if you have spoken out against sin or a political leader? A member of a “radical” church, meaning a Biblical church. See the problem.
The US tends to follow right behind the UK by a few years.