Most people associate public schools with brick buildings, ball fields, and yellow buses. But the face of government schooling is changing - its tentacles are extending into educational alternatives that have been traditionally non-government. The options for educational freedom aren't so clear anymore. Not only that, but government schooling is beginning to extend into the children's mental and physical healthcare, with little regard for parental input. There are controls and mandates arising that are pretty alarming, even for parents who totally support public education.
The Alliance for the Separation of School and State says this:
Government schooling stands in direct opposition to the liberty this country was founded on. It fosters unquestioning obedience, acceptance of authority, herd mentality, and dependency...With Alan Schaeffer at the helm, as President, the Alliance is working on some projects to reach out to more people. Check out their website if you haven't done so already.
For more than 220 years - from the 1620s to the 1840s - most American schooling was independent of government control, subsidy, and influence. From this educational freedom the American Republic was born.
We believe parents, and not the state, should be in charge of their children's education. That is not so far fetched... Consider that 8 million children already learn free of state control. We're not starting from scratch here. The snowball of educational independence is already rolling.
Families who desire freedom to control the education of their own children are being subtly but materially undermined. Parents and families need to have information to make fully informed choices for educational freedom. By helping them choose resolutely independent education, they and their children benefit, as will the future of freedom. Teaching families a true and vigorous educational independence is not optional if we want to build a freer future for all of us is what the Alliance is about. The Alliance has been putting their energy into building the framework that is necessary to educate parents and empower their educational choices. The Alliance believes that helping families discover and choose education in which the government is not involved helps keep freedom itself alive.
I have to mention that my opponent in the November 2006 elections, State Rep. Andrew Fleischmann criticized me for signing the Alliance's online declaration. Fleischmann is a Progressive Social Democrat, and co-chair of the Education Committee in our state legislature, that firmly believes in bigger, more intrusive, government. Because he had nothing better to criticize me for, he made a stink out of the fact that several years ago I signed the Alliance's online declaration, regarding getting government out of education. Actually, I had been so annoyed with the unconstitutional federal meddling in education with No Child Left Behind legislation that I "signed" on electronically.
Rep. Fleischmann even went to so far as to claim that I was "anti"-public education in our debates last year. For the record, I am not "anti" anything... I am for better education for everyone all around. I am for having many educational choices available to families, and that includes choices not controlled by the government, and I am for parental rights. I am for smaller and less intrusive government. Publicly funded education is currently broken and failing many children, and at the same time bankrupting many municipalities. Representatives like Fleischmann believe the solution is to throw more money at public education and to put kids into the system younger, and keep them there for a longer period of time.
CT government schools are keeping children hostages and harassing families who wish to home educate. No legislator should enable this practice, or allow coercive tactics by our CT State Department of Education to continue.
This is precisely why organizations like Separation of School and State exist.