Governor implies parents incapable of educating kids

(WND) -- Despite the success homeschoolers have demonstrated in higher education, many politicians still seem to think parents are incapable of educating their children.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is the latest to raise concerns about children who don’t attend public or private schools, drawing a request from the world’s leading homeschool advocacy group, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, HSLDA, for an apology.

In a speech at a luncheon Tuesday, Hickenlooper said government “should do what people individually can’t do, or can’t do well themselves — you know, educating our young people, making sure our roads are designed and built properly, making sure our communities are safe.”

HSLDA responded, noting there are “tens of thousands of children in Colorado whose parents educate them quite well at home.”

Studies by the National Home Education Research Institute have found that homeschoolers who go on to college outperform their peers. USA Today reported homeschoolers graduated college at a higher rate than their peers ­— 66.7 percent compared to 57.5 percent — and earned higher grade point averages, according to a study that compared students at one doctoral university from 2004-2009.

HSLDA is calling on the Colorado governor to retract his remarks and issue an “apology to the tens of thousands of parents who save the state millions of dollars and responsibly and competently educate their own children at home.”

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