In California, a few congressmen took it upon themselves to make an attempt to force all public school parents into immunizing their children. In the past, parents could opt out of immunization for religious reasons, but these congressmen feel they need to be forced into it also.
How Did This All Begin?
A few months back, there was a measles scare in Disneyland. Disneyland is the land of the tourist so the measles outbreak could have started from anyone from anywhere, they did not necessarily have to be a California resident. These congressmen decided to use this to their advantage and draw up a bill, SB277, to force all parents into immunization. The threat is to immunize or be prevented from attending a public or private school in the state of California.
Some mothers were outraged when they heard of this bill and they went out to protest. They took their children to demonstrate who would be hurt in the matter and proclaimed if they were to be forced to do something they felt so strong about not doing, they would homeschool. Whoo hoo! Yay for the homeschool community. Come over to the other side. Haha!
Actually, some of these moms feel strongly that immunization causes autism and this is why they are so in fear of having their children immunized. This is a fair argument. The truth is, if any of us moms felt a fear of something harming our children, we would be really upset about someone taking our right to protect our kids in a way we see fit away.
I personally have gotten Harmonie immunized since she was born and will continue to do so. I don’t care either way if any other parents are for or against immunization. I believe it should be the choice of the parents.
I did not follow the story to closely as it does not affect me personally because I’m a homeschooler, however, a few unfortunate comments passed my ear that made me upset and insulted. When mothers proclaimed they would homeschool their kids and let the public schools lose money instead of immunize. The congressmen spouted out damning comments about homeschoolers. They said things like, “Homeschooling your children is not a viable solution.” I was outraged when I heard these comments.
Homeschooling is not only viable, but it is in many cases a better solution than public and private schools. Our case proves that my child is happier and thriving better at home than at the Catholic school I paid a lot of money to, to have them abuse her instead of educate her.
It is sad to me that we homeschoolers get a bad wrap though I am also just as happy that more and more people are considering it a viable option for their kids. California schools, especially LAUSD are not the best schools on the planet.
I look forward to the day where homeschooling becomes more accepted in the mainstream and is less ostracized though I could really care less in the grand scheme of things what others think. I don’t mind being in the minority. However, it would be nice to not listen to my radio and occasionally hear someone say the most idiotic statements and judgments about homeschooling like we are carrying our kids to the grand firing squad of life. I can tell you from experience, I see more public school kids headed for disaster than I do homeschool kids.
Did you hear about SB277? What do you think about it? Let’s chat!