According to the Maryland State Board of Education, the right to control the upbringing of your children is “not absolute” and “must bend to the State’s duty to educate its citizens.” (Washington Post) The Board approved Montgomery County’s sex-ed curriculum which, among other things, teaches that homosexuality, bisexuality and and transvestitism are “innate” and normal. (Baptist Press)

Hey, at least the students in Montgomery County need parental consent to take the lessons. Parents and students in Canada weren’t so lucky in the area of evolution:

Parents would rather move than hear evolution

© 2007

Fifteen Christian families from a tiny community of only about 1,300 people are making plans to leave their homes and work behind so that their children will not be forced by the Canadian government to attend “sanctioned” schools where evolution is taught.

A report in the Vancouver Sun said provincial officials have threatened the families with legal action, including the potential loss of their children to state control, if they do not abide by the mandatory education curriculum.

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Makes you wonder what the NEA has in mind when it writes in its homeschooling resolution B-75 (emphasis mine):

The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state requirements. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.

The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.
The Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting. (1988, 2006)