In California, a few congressmen took it upon themselves to attempt to force all public school parents into immunizing their children. In the past, parents could opt out of immunizing their children for religious reasons, but these congressmen feel they need to be forced into vaccinating their kids regardless of the opt-out option.
How Did This All Begin?
A few months back, Disneyland had a measles scare. Disneyland is the land of the tourist so that measles outbreak could have started from anyone from anywhere, not necessarily from a California resident. These congressmen decided to use the measles outbreak to their advantage and drew up a bill, SB277, to force all parents into immunization of their children. The threat written into SB277 was to immunize your children or have them prevented from attending a public or private school in the state of California.
Some mothers were outraged when they heard of this bill and took their outrage to the streets. 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 strongly about not doing, they would turn to homeschool their kids. Whoo Hoo! Yay for the homeschool community. Come on over to the other side. Haha!
Some of these moms believe immunization causes autism, and for this reason, they are afraid of having their children immunized. This is a fair argument. The truth is, if any of us moms were fearful of something harming our children, we would be upset about someone attempting to take our right to protect our kids away from us.
I 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 too 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 immunizing their children; 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 have them abuse her instead of educating her.
I am saddened to see we homeschoolers are still getting a bad wrap. However, I am 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 in the country.
I look forward to the day where homeschooling becomes more accepted in mainstream society and is less ostracized, though I could care less in the grand scheme of things what others think. I don’t mind being in the minority. However, it would be nice not to 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!