from HEM SUPPORT NEWS – October 2004
Lynn and Sarah Leslie are long time homeschool advocates and publishers who recently released: “Homeschooling Under Fire: The Iowa Homeschooling Crisis of 1989-90 – A history of the plot to depict homeschoolers as truants and child abusers,” by Lynn and Sarah Leslie, August 30, 2004.
“In our present era the only hope is that grassroots homeschoolers will rise up, possibly even in opposition to their own leadership, and draw a firm line for no more compromise. We know already, simply based on the ed reform plans, what the end goal is. NO child will be left behind. This means that every child is to become part of the ‘system.’ This means that the reformers are intent on monitoring, databanking and assessing (testing) each child into conformity with State Standards. When the crisis comes, when the pressure mounts to a national drumbeat (possibly even a ‘manufactured “crisis’) for more ‘accountability’ for homeschoolers, what dangerous compromises will be forged by homeschool leaders? The ‘battle’ may take place first within the ranks of homeschoolers themselves, dividing those who homeschool out of ‘preference’ from those who homeschool out of ‘conviction’ once again.