I usually refrain from discussing politics so much on the Hebrew Israelite Homeschool website, primarily because education as it stands in the United States is undoubtedly politics enough. However, with the coming new administration it is essential to contemplate how we might be affected by it so we can plan for the future. We want to be assured that our homeschooling and parenting freedoms are “protected” and so it is necessary to stay vigilant about what is going on. The way we do this is to by all means stay informed.
In Reflections on the Election, Mike Farris, Chairman and one of 10 attorneys of the Home School Legal Defense Association legal team has detailed a few relevant points of interest:
- Most importantly for us, religious freedom will be an area to stay abreast about. GOP-appointed judges are not dependable when it comes down to doing the right things when it comes to the rights of parents and religious freedoms. However, they are adept at constitutional law. Apparently, the things they tend to rule on affects all of us at the state level in ways that can be catastrophic.
- U.S. Education in a Trump presidency is not something to be ignored; he has not one shred of experience with developing policy in this area. So this is a concern of many. But there are a few positives for homeschooling families. Here I have taken a verbatim excerpt from Mike Farris’ Reflections on the Election letter. It reads:
We can and must insist that the prohibitions on any federal role in homeschooling (which we first won in 1994) will be extended and hopefully put into permanent law.”
I recently wrote an article, published in the Hebrew Israelite Nation Times High Holy Days Issue (2016) discussing the Common Core issue at length. This is something we should be concerned about even if you homeschool. Most things dealing with U.S. Public Education does not affect homeschoolers, but the Common Core has the potential to do so. Black children, especially are being negatively affected by federal education policy. Its been this way for a very long time now. The more freedoms we have in this area I think, all the better for us.
One thing that is well-known among homeschooling advocates is that Donald Trump is a strong proponent of school choice and homeschooling in particular. He wants the federal government out of education all-together and would rather the states deal with it, which also can have its issues too. Trump's lack of understanding and how to articulate exactly what he wants to do is very problematic. During the primary campaign he sat down with Anderson Cooper in a town hall interview. When asked what he thought were the main 3 functions of government. His answers, while interesting were very confusing especially considering his well-known stance. Take a look here: Trump: Education Should be a Function of the Federal Government
There were other important issues discussed including abortion rights and Planned Parenthood, Trump’s moral character and Mike Pence’s likely influence. Read Reflections on the Election.