More parents in America are choosing to homeschool their children and somebody is not happy about it.
U.S. Department of Education statistics cited by NewsChannel20 say that the number of homeschooled children across the country went up from 2.2 percent in 2003 to 3.3 percent in 2016. It’s not surprising that more parents are choosing to homeschool their children given the freedom of choice it comes with to teach different courses.
But not everyone is okay with this freedom of choice. Thus, a Democrat representative in Mississippi, John Hines Sr., has proposed to force homeschoolers to teach courses approved by the government to children. LifeSite News reported on Friday (February 14, 2020) that Rep Hines has introduced House Bill 188 in the state house to mandate this proposition. The bill states:
All private, parochial and home-based school programs shall provide the same curriculum requirements to students enrolled in Grades 9 through 12.
The bill, if passed, will take away the freedom of homeschoolers in the state to teach what they want to teach their children and put that choice in the hands of the authorities. But will the MS house this bill? The story says it’s not very likely as the Republican majority of the house isn’t likely to let this happen.