HSLDA — ready for Hillary?
Yes, you heard right. But it’s not what you think.
As the 2016 presidential race kicks into high gear, candidates are working overtime to win over their base with attractive policy ideas and legislative initiatives. Platforms during the primary process can be particularly telling of how the candidate will act to woo a certain voter base when in the White House.
When it comes to educational policy, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has been outspoken. Between work as a U.S. Senator and writer of It Takes a Village, Clinton has given us a crystal clear view of her policy priorities regarding homeschooling and parental rights.
Here are five quotes that tell homeschoolers everything they need to know about where Hillary Clinton stands:
1. EDUCATION IS NOT FOR FAMILIES:
At an April 14th round table, Hillary Clinton said the following about education, “How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation, which is, how our kids are educated?”
HSLDA believes that for homeschoolers, education and the family are inseparable. Parents are the most powerful influence in a child’s life regardless of whether children are educated at home, public, or private school, and they know what is best for their children. By advocating for strong federal legal protections for homeschoolers, such as the preservation Section 9506 of No Child Left Behind in current legislation, we are helping to insure that education can continue to be a family enterprise without federal government interference.
2. PLACE YOUR NEWBORN CHILDREN INTO PUBLIC SCHOOL:
In 2013, Hillary Clinton launched the Too Small to Fail initiative, a program aimed at advocating for educational programs for children from birth to five years old.
It is no secret that Hillary Clinton has been a fan of universal pre-k for a long time. In the 2006 introduction to her book It Takes a Village (originally published in 1996), Hillary Clinton claimed, “The case for quality early education and programs like Head Start is stronger than ever, and we should be expanding them.”
Clinton’s effort to promote schooling for children from birth to 5 is certain to become a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign, just as her proposal for a $10 billion pre-k program was a major piece of her 2008 campaign.
HSLDA believes that the growth of federal involvement in early education is dangerous to parents who are trying to do what is best for the education of their children. Educational opportunity for children should be encouraged, but not at the cost of parental rights. Increasing federal growth in programs like Head Start will put pressure on states to expand and increase enrollment in their early childhood education programs.
>> HSLDA Director of Federal Relations Will Estrada on Head Start.
3. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT COMMON CORE?
If the Common Core State Standards had a godmother, it would be Hillary Clinton. Ever since National Center on Education and the Economy president Marc Tucker began working with the Clinton administration in the 90s to advocate for national standards, he has received an attentive ear in the former first lady.
Even in today’s election field, Clinton is willing to defend the intrusive standards, “When I think about the really unfortunate argument that’s been going on around Common Core, it’s very painful, because the Common Core started off as a bi-partisan effort — it was actually nonpartisan.”
HSLDA has strongly opposed the Common Core State Standards from the very beginning. We work on the federal level to support legislation that works to scale back federal use of tax dollars to incentivize states into adopting the standards. At the state level, HSLDA is heavily involved in lobbying for state bills that end the Common Core State Standards. So far in 2015, we have lobbied for federal legislation like the LOCAL Level Act that will explicitly prohibit the federal government from financially supporting the Common Core State Standards, curricula, or assessments.
For more information on the Common Core, visit HSLDA’s Common Core microsite and watch Building the Machine, HSLDA’s groundbreaking documentary featuring education experts and parents whose children have experienced the Common Core’s impact firsthand.
4. KEEP THE UN INVOLVED IN DOMESTIC POLICY-MAKING:
As a first lady, United States Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has spent her share of time interacting with the United Nations. While most of her work has been in support of treaties like CEDAW and CRC, she has done her share of work in favor of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) during her tenure as secretary of state. As recently as 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out in favor of Article 23.1.b. of the UN CRPD, which states:
“1. States Parties shall take effective and appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against persons with disabilities in all matters relating to marriage, family, parenthood and relationships, on an equal basis with others, so as to ensure that:
…The rights of persons with disabilities to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children and to have access to age-appropriate information, reproductive and family planning education are recognized, and the means necessary to enable them to exercise these rights are provided;”
Secretary Clinton went on record to defend the reproductive planning language in the UN Treaty before the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in Gatineau, Canada, claiming, “‘Reproductive health’ includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.”
While the idea of promoting equal rights and protections for disabled persons sounds like a great idea, the actual content of the UN CRPD threatens homeschool and parental rights and will over ride existing state laws if ratified by the U.S. Senate. Furthermore, many of the protections contained in the UN CRPD are already included in U.S. law as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
5. IS HSLDA REALLY READY FOR HILARY?
For the past 32 years, HSLDA has been fighting for the rights of homeschoolers at the state, national, and international level. So far in 2015, HSLDA has reviewed thousands of bills and, you can read about 6 types of those bills here. No matter who wins the 2016 presidential election, HSLDA will continue to watch out for homeschoolers and preserve the power of parents and families to do what they know is best for the education of their children.
So yes, we are ready for Hillary- ready to fight educational policies that endanger parental rights and promote government intrusion into the home. We are grateful for your membership in HSLDA, and together, we will stand against any politician who tries to threaten our God-given fundamental freedoms.