Speaking at a luncheon, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) alarmed the homeschooling community when he included educating young people among things people, i.e. parents, can not do well themselves.
“Government should do what people individually can’t do, or can’t do well themselves,” Hickenlooper said. “You know, educating our young people, making sure our roads are designed and built properly, making sure our communities are safe…”
“There are tens of thousands of children in Colorado whose parents educate them quite well at home,” responded Mike Donnelly, staff attorney for Colorado at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), in a press release. “Colorado law recognizes that parents have the primary responsibility to educate their children, and that home education is legitimate and appropriate.”
Donnelly added that HSLDA is calling upon the 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.”
Similarly, longstanding homeschooling parent and Colorado state Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R), said, “Governor Hickenlooper owes Colorado parents who educate their children at home a big apology.”
“To say that individuals cannot do well in educating children is either a direct slap in the face of those parents who have done an extraordinary job of teaching their children, or it is an incredible show of ignorance,” Lundberg added.
h/t Revealing Politics for the video.