Colorado Gov Comes Out Against Homeschooling

“Government should do what individual people can’t do or can’t do well themselves. You know, educating our young people…” said Governor John Hickenlooper at the December 16, 2014 Denver Forum.

However, research shows otherwise. The HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association)

Web site highlights a 1997 study that found that homeschoolers out-performed their public schools peers “by 30 to 37 percentile points in all subjects.” The HSLDA points out additional studies with similar findings.

In response to Hickenlooper’s comments, HSLDA staff attorney Michael P. Donnelly wrote in an e-lert:

“Governor Hickenlooper needs to understand that there are tens of thousands of Colorado students who are receiving a very fine education from their parents. It would be irresponsible to suggest that the government needs to take over these students’ educations. We see the long-range consequences of that mindset when we look at countries like Sweden and Germany, which ban home education and treat harshly families who try to homeschool. It is hard to believe this is what the governor meant—but sadly, there are many leading public policy voices who say that homeschooling should be banned in the U.S. too.”

Hickenlooper, the current chair of the National Governors Association, is an avid supporter of the fed led Race To the Top education reforms which include the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, invasive student data mining, and excessive standardized testing. As the NGA chair and governor of Colorado, will Hickenlooper set a new agenda that forces home schools to align to the Common Core standards and require homeschooling students to take the aligned PARCC exams? Time will tell.

Kathryn Porter

Kathryn Porter is a political watchdog who has served as an elected member of the Colorado GOP State Central Committee and the El Paso County Republican Party Executive Committee. As an illuminator of truth, she was banned as a guest of the 2016 Republican National Convention by then Colorado State Chairman. Following her banishment, she contested the entire 2016 delegation to hold the state party accountable for balloting errors, the disregard of bylaws, and numerous irregularities at the state convention. The 2016 RNC Credentials Committee granted her a convention pass, overruling the former chair's pronouncement. In an RNC report responding to the case she brought before the Committee on Contests, the Colorado Republican Committee was chastized for its "embarassing incompetentence."

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