Saturday, February 16, 2019

HF 272 and Why It's Terribly Dangerous to Homeschool Families

I don't usually get into politics here on the ol' blog. But one issue has me a bit fired up. Once again, the government, particularly the Iowa legislature is trying to pass mandates (In the form of HF-272) to get into the business of homeschoolers. You can read an explanatory article by clicking here.

Here are my problems with HF-272.

Home Visits

Basically, the piece of legislation states that four times a year, someone from the state can come in and check on the "well-being" of home schooled children. And they can do so without the consent of the parent, if so ordered.

. . . these home visits “shall take place in the child’s residence with the consent of the parent, guardian, or legal custodian and an interview or observation of the child may be conducted.”
If parents do not provide consent then the school district “the juvenile court or district court upon a showing of probable cause may authorize the person making the home visit to enter the home and interview or observe the child.”

 What? Come into my home and observe just because I homeschool? I don't think so. You may wonder why, if I keep everything above board, would I take issue with this. Because this is a slippery slope we are treading.

Who defines "probable cause?"

No one has said. I bet they won't be getting home school families together to help define this. It'll be a group of bureaucrats who think they know how to better raise someone else's child than the parents of that child. Ridiculous. It's the height of arrogance.

Who defines "well being?"

No word on who sets the standards of the definition of "well-being" either. I get it that there are people who mistreat their children and when they must give an explanation as to why their children aren't in school, they claim to homeschool. This is not the norm, of course.

The ignorant want to convince the rest of the population that invading the homes of homeschool families is the only way to prevent these tragedies from happening. It's not. It merely invades the homes of law abiding citizens that have dared to decide to educate their own children. Sorry, but no one knows and loves my child better than I do. No one can make better decisions than I can on what is appropriate to teach my children.

Look at any school and can you honestly tell me that children are better off? There are wonderful teachers and administrators, but not even they can stem the tide that has turned. Often, their hands are tied in crucial situations. Because school is no longer about educating children. School is about feeding children and "keeping them safe." Unfortunately, the schools are feeding them packaged food (sometimes all three meals) and school tragedies (sexual abuse, shootings, drugs, etc) abound.

Mandated Vaccines

The legislation mandates vaccines. Unacceptable. I choose which, if any, vaccines to give my children, not an entity who turns a blind eye to the catastrophic effects that vaccines are causing on a daily basis. Do you know that by age 18, an up to date vaccinated child will have received 72 doses in all? This number includes vaccines that require several doses and boosters and separates the DTaP, MMR and Tdap which are usually given in one syringe, but it's still three dosages, don't forget.

Those professionals who have little patience with parents who dare to be conscientious of their children's exposure, poo-poo this number as being inflated. It is not. They also claim that links to adverse affects is anecdotal at best and fear-mongering at worst. The first attack someone makes when they don't have good evidence is to make the opposition look crazy. They've done a pretty good job, but many parents are catching onto this tactic and looking into the efficacy of modern vaccines.

Who's Gonna Pay?

There is also no word on how this is supposed to be paid for. And yet, the proposed bill wants to include these home visits in the list of duties that already over worked state employees must perform. Or perhaps they will hire a special set of people to get this job done. You can be sure there won't be any homeschool parents on that committee.

I am well aware that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. I usually try to focus on the good. The joy. The only thing I can think of right now is that this world is not my home. It might be terribly, terribly uncomfortable until we get home, but with heaven as our home, He will help us bear it.

Silver lining? We are one day closer to the Rapture. Woot, woot!

Joyfully looking forward to that day,

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