negative;impact;it;will;have;on;college;ad-missions for homeschoolers. They worry
tested according to the CCSS.” 2
At;the;heart;of;these;concerns;is;a;well-founded fear of federal control over education. In other words, they believe that
centralized education will one day take
away the teaching flexibility of home-schooling;parents.
Fear of Federal Control
all the way back to the founding of our
for big government. They viewed smaller,
more local government as the solution to
tyranny. Indeed, the Founding Fathers
the;words;of;James;Madison:;“The;pow-ers;delegated;by;the;proposed;Constitu-tion to the federal government are few
in the State governments are numerous
the federal government. Even the U.S.
to regulate education is an area “where
States historically have been sovereign.” 4
In other words, the federal government
traditionally had no business in education. In fact, when the feds tried to create
Civil War, it was soon cut down to size to
In sum, when homeschoolers com-plain;today;about;national;standards;and
big, distant federal government from intruding into core state and local rights.
The Road to Federal Control
After the nation’s experience during
the Civil War and Reconstruction, fed-
ementary and Secondary Education Act
educational programs” so they might
better serve “concentrations of children
from low-income families.” 5 In other
words, the ESEA doled out money to the
road to federal control of education, because it enticed the states to freely give
up;some;of;their;sovereignty;over;educa-tion for the sake of federal dollars. States
have been giving up more and more
control ever since. Of course, Congress
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