Law Professor at Major University Claims State Is “Ultimate Guarantor” of Children

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Recent comments by a law professor on an episode of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” have caused considerable alarm in the homeschool community.

Jim Dwyer, a law professor at the College of William and Mary, expresses why he believes homeschoolers need more regulations. “The state needs to be the ultimate guarantor of a child’s wellbeing,” he says in the video. “There’s just no alternative to that.” 

Dwyer expresses his belief that the parent-child relationship is a result of the state bestowing legal status to parents in the United States. “That’s the state that is empowering parents to do anything with children; to take them home, to have custody, and to make any kind of decisions about that,” he said. Dwyer’s upcoming book entitled The History and Philosophy of Homeschooling will further his argument as to why he believes the state is the ultimate decision-maker in the life of a child.

These disturbing and radical ideas have been touted by a handful of researchers, journalists, and legislators who believe stricter regulations on homeschoolers will keep children from “slipping through the cracks.” However, states that have tried to restrict homeschool freedom only see their resources wasted, parents unnecessarily burdened, and no difference in test scores compared to those in less restrictive states. More states are starting to realize the negative effects of restricting homeschooling freedom as evidenced by the removal of outdated, arduous homeschooling regulations.

The homeschool community and HSLDA fought hard in the ‘80s and ‘90s to ensure that homeschooling was legal throughout the U. S. And while the challenge then was the legality of homeschooling, opponents have switched tactics call for more restrictions on parents’ rights to educate their children in a way that clearly benefits them.

While many parents are religiously motivated to homeschool their children, the growth of the movement has also added a diversity of reasons why parents choose to homeschool. Parents of special needs children have seen how a safe, nurturing environment have allowed their child to thrive. African-American parents have grown frustrated with the systemic biases against their children and have opted out to teach their children in ways that specifically focus on black history and culture. Children who were bullied by teachers or fellow students are allowed a safe environment to focus on their studies. Additional regulation on homeschooling would do more harm than good—limiting the options for and tying the hands of those who are seeking what is best for their child.

What can you do to push back against these regulations?

First, if you are not a member of HSLDA, you can join today to help us protect the liberties that we enjoy as homeschoolers. HSLDA continually monitors state and federal legislation, lobbies at the state and federal level, and sends out email updates to our subscribers to give them the legislative tools to take action.

Second, you can make a tax-deductible gift to the Homeschool Freedom Fund. Your donation will help us fight against precedent-setting court decisions that could harm homeschool freedom and educate our neighbors and our world about how freedom works—and how to keep it thriving for every child.

Also, we urge you to call your senators to voice your support of the proposed Parental Rights Amendment.

Most importantly, HSLDA encourages homeschoolers to seek out and engage with members of their local community and to be positive ambassadors to people who otherwise have had no experience with homeschoolers.

Article after article has been written by college professors whose negative view of homeschoolers was changed as soon as they had a homeschool student in their classroom. We hope that Jim Dwyer has the same experience!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of CRTV. 

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7 Comments on “Ready or Not? It’s Time to Start (Advice for New Homeschoolers)”

  1. Nicole
    August 15, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    Wow, this is EXCELLENT!! Seriously, thank you for sharing this. I’m going to have my husband read it too. Ha!!!

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    August 23, 2019 at 1:08 am #

    I am so terrified! I never wanted to homeschool my son. My son has some disabilities and I was forced to homeschool for his safety and because of the treatment he was receiving by adults, it was either homeschool him or he would never pass any grade in middle school or he could just leave school during the day if he wanted to! So I am thankful for your site its really been giving me a little more courage! I still think the district should be in trouble for all that has happened but I dont know where to even start!

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    • Rachelle Reitz
      September 4, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

      Stacy, you can do this. But don’t hesitate to reach out for help with special needs. It is hard to know where to start, and hard to both help your child get what he needs and fight a broken system. I wish you well this year!


  3. Kathryn Bravo
    September 4, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

    My son and I are newbies this year, just barely into the first week. It’s slow going so far, and I am already wondering about keeping up, as I am reading thoroughly the introductions to each book to get a feel for how they are laid out and how to pace. I am sure it will pick up. No worries for the long haul, though, because I trust that God has the wheel! 😊

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  4. Gina
    September 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    Thank you so much for your encouraging thoughts! This is my first year homeschooling and am overwhelmed at getting it all done and being everything to everybody! Thankfully I have a very supportive husband and fellow homeschool moms to help me! But I can always use more encouragement!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sarah
    September 5, 2019 at 8:29 pm #

    Wonderful! Thank you! We haven’t started yet and already have so many negative opinions coming our way. This both encouraged me and made me smile.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Stephanie
    September 7, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

    Thank you so much for this article! I am homeschooling all 4 of my children for the first time this year, and I really needed to hear all this after a roller coaster first 4 weeks! It made me feel a little less guilty about wanting to drop them off at school on rough days,haha I guess that’s normal! I’m happy with my choice though, it’s improved my relationships with each child.

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