Homeschooling advocates monitoring British bill

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

British school displayAn attorney who defends U.S. homeschoolers and their legal protections is warning about a bill in Great Britain that one day could materialize here.

The restrictive proposed legislation would require homeschooling parents to register with local authorities, and submit their children to regular educational, physical, and emotional assessments by authorities.

Home School Legal Defense Association attorney Mike Donnelly tells OneNewsNow what happens in Europe often finds its way over here.

"Bad homeschooling legislation in the United Kingdom, where our founders took a lot of ideas," he says, "would be a very bad precedent for all homeschoolers in the United States and all over the world."

Citing a quote from the bill's author, HSLDA says Lord Clive Soley claims he is concerned that homeschooled children can't "cope in the real world" and is also concerned that a home education allows abusive parents to "hide" their children from authorities.  

There are no serious flaws with homeschooling in Britain, Donnelly says, which means the legislation is nothing more than a solution looking for a problem.

"There are no problems in the homeschooling community," he insists, "that warrant this kind of whole-scale repression of parents who want to homeschool their kids in the United Kingdom."

Donnelly says HSLDA is working with the homeschooling association in Britain and is watching the legislation, prepared to keep homeschoolers here informed of its progress.

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