Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, writes that homeschoolers have earned respect, but have not always received it at the legislative level.
He's right, of course. I am a hard convert to homeschooling, having moved from alarm and revulsion in the '80's to the wild-eyed fanatically supportive position I've maintained for the last twelve years or so.
But I'll make this prediction. Remember that the MSM (mainstream media, aka "lamestream media") is horridly and subtlely biased in its reporting. Remember that the MSM is in the hip pocket of the Democratic Party which, in turn, is in the hip pocket of the National Education Assocation (NEA). Remember that the NEA is horridly threatened by homeschooling, and would gladly seen it wiped off the face of the map in favor of government indoctrination camps.
Having said that: are the MSM or the NEA likely to roll over and quietly acquiesce to the outrageous overall success of homeschooling? Will they welcome, or even tolerate, the steady production of (on the whole) better-educated, better-disciplined, achievement-oriented, hardworking, independent-thinking, non-state-dependent citizens?
So I predict that the MSM will try its best to do to homeschooling what it has tried to do to the prolife movement. It will selectively misreport.
That is, as the MSM has selected the submicroscopic fraction of prolifers who are violent, and made them the face of the prolife movement, so it will do with homeschooling. It will find some family, or families, who are genuine and dangerous nutcases -- and God knows the movement has them -- and it will focus intense attention on them. The goal will be to make them the public face of homeschooling. It will be to brainwash all Americans into seeing Bob and Marilyn Degenerate as representative homeschooling parents, and their children Drulie, Bark, and Boom as representative homeschool students.
It won't matter that they will comprise a subset of 0.0001% of the movement. It won't matter that the movement as a whole will univocally disown these parents with horror and repulsion. (Did it matter -- does it matter -- that the entire prolife movement roundly and unambiguously condemns all violence?)
Mark my words. You heard it here.