I watched President Obama’s State of the Union address this past Tuesday (January 24, 2012), and did hear his remarks about mandating that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen. At the time, I understood this to mean that it would include home schools, which, in the State of Wisconsin are considered private schools. I also understood it to mean that the school administration ( parents) would decide when the child was ready to graduate. So, I didn’t feel any particular danger to home schooling.
However, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) took the President’s words quite differently. Since they are the legal experts, I think their warning is worth heeding. Here’s the link to a LifeSiteNews.com article recapping the HSLDA’s call to action and their concern over the dangers to parents’ rights to educate their own children. Whether or not you home school, this is an issue to which we all must attend: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/homeschooling-org.-protests-obama-plan-to-mandate-school-attendance