Another ‘save California’ petition site is online. The “Reverse The Ruling” petition is not from a California organization, but rather from ELRN, the company that runs the Grace Academy, the Jubilee Academy, Morningstar Academy, and the “Southern Baptist” Academy, as well as others.
The problems with the “Reverse The Ruling” site that I can see are as follows:
- Sign the Petition
“We, the undersigned, petition the Supreme Court of California to reverse the Court of Appeal opinion …”
Supreme Courts don’t pay attention to petitions. Yes, one does petition the government for redress, but one does not send petitions to courts. The judiciary redresses grievances whenever it determines that constitutional or other legal rights have been infringed upon, and then attempts to remedy the situation.
- Spread the word
The addresses given by the Reverse The Ruling site are for members of Congress in Washington, D.C., although the people who need to be approached are in the California state legislature.
Assembly Resolution ACR 115, By Debbie Schwarzer, HSC Legal Team Co-Chair
To avoid another firestorm like we had with the HSLDA petition, I wanted to get this information in front of you, and HSC’s position on it, right away.
This is one case where I do encourage members of HSC and all other homeschoolers in the state to contact their representatives (currently, just the Assemblymembers, as it is not pending before the [California] Senate and will just confuse your Senator’s office if you call now)
- Need more info?
site has linked videos from:
Trinity Law School: Bad Facts Make Bad Law
Pat Roberson on Homeschooling and the N.W.O
Lew Rockwell This Week in Liberty
Tim Hawkins – A Homeschool Family
Law News: No Constitutional Right to Homeschool
Homeschoolers Under Attack in Germany/Human Rights Violation
BBC Home-Education Debate 2
Not one of the linked videos are from California homeschooling organizations, and some of the videos are nonsense. Why is the “A Homeschool Family” song included? It is a remake of “The Addams Family” song.
Then there’s the “homeschoolers under attack in Germany” video. For one, it’s just another musical remake, this time Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” which is a catchy tune, and has a sympathetic theme, but it bypasses logic using music and entertaining graphics. (See Neil Postman’s 1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death for details) Both songs are cute, but they are irrelevant.
And secondly, that video is supposed to be about the status of homeschooling in Germany.
Yes, I’ve seen the various texts about how the California judge is importing legal interpretations about homeschooling from Germany, but that opinion is speculation. The judge’s decision makes no mention of Germany. If legal decisions or legislation have restrictive connotations, respond in a logical manner demonstrating the flaws. Throwing in a token German ‘threat’ makes no sense, and it weakens the argument by allowing the people to whom you are responding to dismiss your points as ill-founded.
Some actions by both parties, Germany and California, may be superficially similar to each other, but correlation does not imply causation.
For accurate, timely information, please see one of the California homeschooling websites.
- HomeSchool Association of California
- California Homeschool Network
- Christian Home Educators Association of California
Pass along those URLs, not ones from outside organizations that have installed clickable panic buttons on their websites.
posted by Valerie