Home-schooling is a great success. Thatís why many public-school authorities hate home-schooling parents.
Home-schoolers are a direct challenge to public-school monopoly. This monopoly makes it almost impossible to fire tenured public-school teachers or principals. As a result, tenure gives most teachers life-time guaranteed jobs. They get this incredible benefit only because public schools have a lock on our childrenís education.
If public-school employees had to work for private schools and compete for their jobs in real world, they would lose their security-blanket tenure. Thatís why school authorities view home-schooling parents who challenge their monopoly as a serious threat.
Many school officials also canít stand fact that average parents who never went to college give their kids a better education than so-called public-school experts. Successful home-schooling parents therefore humiliate failed public schools by comparison.
Home-schooling parents also humiliate school authorities who claim that only certified or licensed teachers are qualified to teach children. Most home-schooling parents thankfully never stepped foot inside a so-called teacher college or university department of education. Yet these parents give their children a superior education compared to public-school educated kids.
Also, many public-school officials resent home-schoolers because typical public school loses about $7500 a year in tax money for each child that leaves system. Tax money is life blood of public-school system. Tax money pays for public-school employeesí generous salaries, benefits, and pensions. Is it any wonder why school authorities donít want to lose their gravy train?
For these reasons, until fairly recently, most state legislatures either outlawed homeschooling or tried to strangle it to death with regulations. In 1980, only Utah, Ohio, and Nevada officially recognized parentsí rights to homeschool their children. In most other states, legislators continually harassed or prosecuted home-schoolers under criminal truancy laws and educational neglect charges.