To be more specific: if you're a woman, and if your child is unborn (or, according to Senator Obama, if he has survived an abortion), the state is uninterested as to whether or not you contract for his killing.
BUT, once the child is born, he belongs to the state.
What stands out in what I've read so far of this is that the judge does not particularly express concern about whether or not the children are learning to read, to write, nor other whether they are mastering other academic skills. No, it's all about social engineering, controlling and forming the beliefs and values of the child.
He speaks as someone writing twenty-five years ago and utterly ignorant of homeschooling. Or longer ago than that, and in another country.
The 2nd Appellate Court in Los Angeles agreed with the trial court decision that had found, "keeping the children at home deprived them of situations where they could interact with people outside the family".
"There are people who could provide help if something is amiss in the children's lives, and they could develop emotionally in a broader world than the parents' 'cloistered' setting," the ruling said.
The words echo the ideas of officials from Germany, where homeschooling has been outlawed since 1938 under a law adopted when Adolf Hitler decided he wanted the state, and no one else, to control the minds of the nation's youth.Ah, life in The People's Republic of California.
Wolfgang Drautz, consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany, has said "school" teaches not only knowledge but also social conduct, encourages dialogue among people of different beliefs and cultures, and helps students to become responsible citizens."
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