Dear State Congresspersons,
Having grown up in Michigan, I returned to Michigan in 1995 with my wife and three small children. The DeJonge case had recently been ruled on in Michigan which essentially de-Sovietized education in Michigan making homeschooling an achievable goal for my wife and I. We were relieved when we heard of the DeJonge case decision because we knew that if the decision had not gone the way it had we would have never been able to move back to Michigan – so highly did we prize the ability to have the God given inalienable freedom to home school our children.
Our children are grown now, and there is no longer any danger to them that the State can possibly get inside their heads through the brainwashing program that is euphemistically referred to as ‘government schooling.’ The reason I write you therefore is not for my own children who have grown up to be critical thinkers aware of, among other things, the agenda of government schools to enstupidfy children. I write you in order to urge you to realize the limitations of the State when it comes to controlling how parents shape their children through education and so to urge you to either withdraw or withdraw your support of H.B. 5912. The idea that a State, which does not have enough accountability within its own province of State finances, is somehow going to be responsible to make sure that Michigan parents are accountable to raise their children properly is beyond laughable. The idea that a State, whose Foster Care program was such a model of accountability success in the Ricky Holland case is going to take it upon itself to make sure that biological parents are accountable to the infinite abilities of the State is ridiculous. Michigan government education, like the rest of the states of the union, is so bad that it would be difficult for parents to be more inferior at educating their children even if they had malicious intent. In short, my legislative friends, since homeschoolers don’t need government regulation, as seen by the indisputable overall record of its success, I ask of you to give up on your support of the Teachers Unions and retreat from this ill advised H. B. 5912. Having seen what government accountability looks like, which H. B. 5912 attempts to legislate, I always end up wondering who is holding the government accountable.
May I make so bold to ask that instead of H. B. 5912 one of you introduce legislation that requires Michigan School superintendents, teachers, and perhaps even legislators to register with homeschooling parents so that we homeschooling parents can know Superintendents, teachers and legislators by sight so we can keep our children from their baleful influence. Somebody has to hold you government employees accountable.
No doubt if you have read this far you are muttering to yourself about ‘what a rude letter this is.’ And yet you think it not rude at all to try and impinge upon one of the most basic human freedoms that exist – the freedom of parents to raise their own children apart from the watchful eye of Big Brother. Given the state of American schools and the predatory nature of many of its teachers (I can send a link of all the teachers up on charges for sexual malfeasance if you wish) I find this attempted legislation rude at best and malicious at worst.
If you would like some reading in order to bring you up to speed concerning the quality of American Education and America Schools I would be happy to provide a list of books. I am hopeful your support of H. B. 5912 is a reflection of your ignorance of the State of American Education and not a reflection of hatred for the children.
Bret L. McAtee
Pastor – Charlotte Christian Reformed Church