Homeschooling is gaining popularity, but there have been certain areas of our country that have not been exactly homeschool friendly. In these areas, families have felt like they were being watched like fish in a fishbowl. It is sad, that the few homeschooling families that have neglected their responsibilities should make it difficult for those of us who truly homeschool to the best of our abilities.
One way to protect yourself from the unwarranted complaints of people who don't understand what you are doing, is to join a legal defense. There are several homeschooling legal defense groups who advocate homeschoolers when their freedom to homeschool is called into question. Though we have relative freedom to homeschool at this point, there are politicians who desire to take that freedom away. These politicians believe that a child's educational responsibility belongs to the state and not to the parent. In their eyes, the parent should have no right or say in how the child is educated. I believe this is morally and ethically wrong. The parents are the ones who brought the child into this world, and they are the ones ultimately responsible for the child's well being and education.