Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Convention on the Rights of the Child Endangers Homeschooling

Recently Obama launched a trial balloon on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. I would like to take this opportunity to explore what the UN CRC will do if it is implemented. Probably the threat from the UN CRC that is nearest to my heart is the impact it will have on homeschooling. The whole thrust of the UN CRC is to in sure parents aren't forcing children to do things they don't want to do. Under this theory if a parent decides to homeschool their child, and the child is wholeheartedly for it, then the parents are in legal trouble.

The UN CRC is already being interpreted in this way against homeschoolers in Britain. Britain might see homeschooling abolished as a result of the UN CRC.

Last week the Children’s Secretary of Britain accepted a report in full by Graham Badman which argues for an end to homeschool freedom. “While it’s disgraceful that the British government would even entertain this report it’s particularly troubling for American parents because the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was used as the justification for this action,” said Michael Farris, Chairman of HSLDA and President of

The Badman report uses Articles 12 and 29 of the UNCRC to justify registering the estimated 80,000 homeschooling families in Britain, forcing them to provide annual reports regarding their homeschool, granting government officials the right to enter the home and interview the children alone as well as reserving the choice of curriculum to the state.
HSLDA has been warning that the UNCRC could bring an end to homeschool freedom in the U.S., if the treaty was ever ratified by the U.S. Senate because Article VI of the U.S. Constitution says that treaties become the supreme law of the land.

I hope you will join me in opposing the UN CRC. Please take a moment to tell Obama and your senator to oppose the UN CRC.

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