Many parents are choosing to educate their children at home, instead of sending them to government-run schools.
Even private, non-government schools are losing students to homeschooling. This is because the schoolroom is an artificial environment. Home-schooling is really life-schooling.
Parents want their children to understand the three pillars of a humane society. Supreme Court Justice William Douglas approved of removing these three pillars from government-run schools in his concurring opinion in Engel v. Vitale, 370 US 421 at 443, the 1962 case which removed prayer from public schools. He admitted:
Religion was once deemed to be a function of the public school system. The Northwest Ordinance, which antedated the First Amendment, provided in Article III that Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education
shall forever be encouraged.
Taking religion out of school is like taking gold out of money. Homeschooling is to public schools as gold is to paper money.
"In the internal administration of the States, a violation of
contracts had become familiar, in the form of depreciated paper made a legal tender."
James Madison, "Father of the Constitution"
The greatest educational miracles take place during the first five years of child's life. At home. Parents should be given every encouragement to continue the success of the first five years of education in the manner they see fit, including homeschooling, private tutors (whether or not accredited by government or teachers' unions) or other arrangements. Every social and intellectual indicator shows that greater contact
between parent and child increases humane development. Better than Day-Care; better than schools:
Parents should have the freedom to put their money where their values are.