Homeschooling in Multnomah County - You Can Do It
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The Libertarian National Committee recently had the following tweets:
Libertarians must lead the way in demonstrating to their communities that there are viable alternatives. Homeschooling, co-ops, and private schooling options are out there and we should step up in our communities to help connect families to these options.and:
Government schools are one of the few places many Americans will ever experience violence. How could anyone feel proud to send their child to such an environment?
Pretty good summation of why a parent would want to exit the government school system.
Now for some Libertarian Party history.
Evolution of the Libertarian Party's Position on Education
1976 Libertarian National Platform (“Domestic Ills, Section 3”)
We support the repeal of all compulsory education laws, and an end to government operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges. We call for an immediate end to compulsory busing.
As an interim measure to encourage the growth of private schools and variety in education, we support both a tax-credit system and a steady reduction of tax support for schools. We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether they are for profit or or non-profit. We further support immediate relief from the burden of school taxes for those not responsible for the education of children.
1996 Libertarian National Platform (“Domestic Ills, Section 4”)
We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended. We call for the repeal of the guarantees of tax-funded, government-provided education, which are found in most state constitutions.
As an interim measure to encourage the growth of private schools and variety in education, including home schooling, we support tax credits for tuition and other expenditures related to an individual's education. We likewise favor tax credits for child care and oppose nationalization of the child-care industry. We oppose denial of tax-exempt status to schools because of those schools' private policies on hiring, admissions, and student deportment. We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether for profit or non-profit. We condemn compulsory education laws, which spawn prison-like schools with many of the problems associated with prisons, and we call for an immediate repeal of such laws.
Until government involvement in education is ended, we support elimination, within the governmental school system, of forced busing and corporal punishment. We further support immediate reduction of tax support for schools, and removal of the burden of school taxes from those not responsible for the education of children.
2006 Libertarian National Platform (“The Portland Massacre”)
The education plank was eliminated and the platform was silent
2022 Libertarian National Platform (Plank 2.12)
“Education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability, and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education.”
Libertarians on Education
John Taylor Gatto “Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling” (2010) ISBN 978-0-86571-669-8
The Tuttle Twins Series (Children's book series on Libertarian educational themes) tuttletwins.com
Dr. Ron Paul, “The School Revolution: A New Answer for our Broken Educational System” (2013)
Libertarianism.org articles: https://www.libertarianism.org/topics/education