Californians for Home Schooling: Take a Cue From the French

The action by a court in the People’s Republic of California threatening the end of home schooling there can be fought.  Just take a cue from the French, as I noted last month:

One of the Englishmen (whom I was having dinner with) noted that one reason the US is "behind" with cameras is that Americans will vigourously oppose them, even intersection cameras.  The British were just too passive to fight the intrusion into their lives and their freedom.  And he added the French to the list of those who would fight against things like this.

The French?  Of course!  They have a long history of opposing government action about things they don’t like, including industrial actions such as strikes by truck/lorry drivers.  They even stopped the government from nationalising large portions of the Catholic school system: in 1984, two million people demonstrated in Paris against this, which forced the government to bury the idea.  And this in the home of läicité!  (I hope my countrymen will have the guts to do the same thing when the next administration tries it!)  And France has home schooling as well, which is more than I can say for the Germans.

Francophone countries have a logic of their own, one which people in Anglo-Saxon countries would do well to examine before making ridiculous statements about them.

Home schooling isn’t a clean liberal/conservative issue either, which will help.  The biggest opponent is the teachers’ trade union.

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