In response to a discussion on HEM-Networking about compliance and over-compliance with public authorities who sometimes request more than the law allows, Helen Hegener posted the following from the HEM website.Â
The final paragraph reminded me of the developing trend of public schooling forÂ theÂ children whoÂ were called when I was little, “threes and fours.”Â We now know them as preschoolers, and will probably soon be calling them “pre-kays”Â (Pre-Ks).
- Home Education Magazine, 1991, On Jumping Through HoopsÂ Â Â Â
What seems to escape even the most thoughtful homeschooler is the fact that, at some point in time, someone had to challenge the law and homeschool their kids. No doubt they did so illegally. No doubt they were radical, reactionary, and rebellious. But without that first purposeful step, none of us would be homeschooling our children today–legally or otherwise. We need to look down the road to ten or fifteen years from now and try to imagine what the homeschooling atmosphere will be like then. Will homeschooling families enjoy the freedom to simply live with their children? Or will homeschooling have become a bureaucratic nightmare, with volumes of regulations and guidelines? The choice is ours.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.Â