Back in April, the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said this (emphasis is mine, because it's so outrageous):
I think schools should be open six, seven days a week; eleven, twelve months a year.
Of course he does.
SEVEN days a week of butts in chairs would guarantee a need for more
And he wants them from birth, too (emphasis added):
. . . and $10 million for a Promise Neighborhoods initiative that would promote comprehensive programs that provide the support children need to achieve success from birth through college and beyond.
From birth . . . and beyond!
I'd like to know what those poor kids ever did to him to warrant such vile consideration.
And not just those poor kids--MY poor kids. Because he'd try to get them, too, if he could. I cannot even begin to fathom what my life and theirs would be like if they were stuck in a school, away from my influence, six or seven days a week for 11 months out of the year. Kind of raises my blood pressure, actually.
This is exactly why it is vitally important to keep the Feds OUT of homeschooling. Yes, I know they'll work their influence on the state legislatures, and states might alter their home study and private school regulations under pressure from the Feds. But this is where the red tape of bureaucracy works for us instead of against. It will take time for such changes to take effect and we will have time to fight this kind of crazy nonsense.