Should we care that American kids are illiterate? That some have undiagnosed learning disabilities or finish all schooling at age 12? That girls are taught homemaking skills rather than academic subjects? There are some conservative religious parents doing just that with no state oversight whatsoever. I’m not unsympathetic to a parent’s right to educate her children. But doesn’t the state have an obligation to ensure that home-schooled children reach a baseline, say being able to read? Completing at least some high school?
Why should a parent’s religious will over his child trump a right as fundamental as literacy? Maybe the Rick Santorum fan base going after promiscuous abortion seekers should get a look at just how unaccountable certain two-parent families can be. And remind me, whose taxpayer dollars are going to support the unemployable offspring of these deadbeat parents?