This is interesting. I hope I have time later to dig into this a bit.
The Newborns homeschool their kids and object to the legal requirement that the local district superintendent must have final approval of their children’s education, which includes religious studies.
“It’s not the paperwork we are objecting to … because there is no religious objection to paperwork. It is the final approval by the superintendent, a secular institution, over our children’s religious education,” said Maryalice Newborn.
As a guy who was homeschooled for nearly all of his pre-college years and highly skeptical of public schools in general, I’m very bothered that any homeschool curriculum must be approved by the school district. One could probably argue that the state has a basic responsibility to uphold fundamental teaching standards (after all it doesn’t want to pay for uneducated adults later in life who can’t get a job), but my gut response is that this policy has more danger of being abused than actually preventing non-education. Most parents who pull their kids out of public education are doing so because they have serious objections or doubts to the teaching process, content, and quality found in public schools; and, in my opinion, will probably end up giving their kids a better education than the average public school student.