Posted: June 19, 2003
By Annette M. Hall
Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor showed his ignorance of parental rights last night in his story covering the Bryant Family, homeschoolers under fire in Massachusetts (MA) (see Bryant story).
In his coverage O'Reilly stated, "If everyone did what you did, in the United States of America, there are an estimated 2 million kids being homeschooled, and by the way, SAT scores are higher (the homeschooled kids) than the public school systems...we don't have any problem with homeschooling. But if everyone refused to allow their kids to take a test so they could be assessed we'd have anarchy in the country."
Despite growing evidence to the contrary. Numerous respected studies have been completed in recent years, detailing the gains made by homeschoolers, despite the fact that many states require no regulation of homeschoolers what-so-ever.
His lack of preparation was evident when his only response to the Bryant's constitutional argument, was his repeated statement that they would not win in court. He couldn't seem to wrap his mind around the fact that the law in MA was simply flawed.
Parents with children attending public schools, have the option of refusing testing. Are homeschoolers to be considered second-class citizens without the same rights as those being educated under the watchful eye of the state?
The Bryants contend that the Massachusetts Constitution supports their position.
Annette M. Hall,