Ready to move beyond the 'homeschooling is now legal in all fifty states' platitude? Ready to learn the truth about Horace Mann's educational background? If so, Deborah Stevenson, executive director the National Home Education Legal Defense, has written a column for graduate-level students of home ed. history.
Attorney Stevenson powerfully argues, " ... if you believe the lie that it was illegal for parents to instruct their children, it follows that parents would have to seek 'permission' from the government in order to do so. If you believe the lie, it follows that parents would be fearful that they would not receive that 'permission.' If you believe the lie, it follows that parents would be grateful when the government magnanimously grants that 'permission.' If you believe the lie, it follows that parents are more apt to see 'regulation' of parental instruction by the government as a matter of course. After all, if the government has the 'authority' to grant 'permission' to parents to instruct, certainly the government has the 'authority' to impose 'regulation' of parents’ ability to instruct, and it is reasonable for the government to do so."