An Open Letter to Home Schooling Parents on Behalf of Ron Paul

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I
am the parent of two sons, both of whom I have home schooled. We
had specific reasons for choosing home schooling. My older son,
who has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, was bullied repeatedly
in his public school. Despite many meetings with the school administration,
they were unwilling to address the issue and in fact, blamed my
son when he responded with anger toward the bullies. At the time
we lived in a small community with no other options, so I decided
to home school him myself. His life immediately changed for the
better. In addition to having him in a safer, more loving environment,
we were able to effectively address many of his academic deficits.
After a year, we moved to a larger city where he enrolled in a private
school which specialized in helping kids with learning disabilities.

My
younger son was diagnosed with ADD. As he entered middle school,
it became a struggle for him to keep up with a full day of school,
several hours of homework, involvement in soccer and basketball,
and his greatest passion, playing the piano. The pressure and demands
on his time were so heavy that he finally asked me if he could be
home schooled. Home schooling gave him the ability to excel academically
as well as pursue sports and music without sacrificing the time
to just be a kid and relax.

My
children are both in college now and doing very well. When I look
back on our home schooling experience, I recognize that it benefited
our family in so many ways, including some that I did not expect.
We grew closer as a family, and both of my sons have a maturity
and strong sense of confidence that so many of their peers lack.
I am so thankful that I had the freedom and opportunity to address
my children's needs.

Because
of the way the home schooling benefited my family, I strongly believe
that the right of parents to home school should not be infringed
upon. With great concern I have been following news reports about
Germany's
repression of home schooling
. The Home School Legal Defense
Association has also been monitoring this situation and has been
active in advocating for less governmental restrictions on home
schooling in my home state of Nevada. Because of their record of
fine work, I am disappointed by their endorsement
of Mike Huckabee
for president. Huckabee supported and signed
into law H.B.
1724
while Governor of Arkansas. Had this law been in force
in my community when I made the decision to home school, it would
have directly affected my freedom to withdraw my son from the intolerable
situation that he was in at his public school.

My
children will have their own families some day, and I want them
to have the same opportunity to home school their children, should
they choose to do so. Ron Paul respects the individual needs and
constitutional rights of families who decide to teach their children
at home. His track record of integrity reassures me that, were he
to become president, my children would not face restrictions on
their freedom to raise their own children as they see fit. This
is one of many, many reasons that my husband and I support Ron Paul's
bid for the presidency and why we are actively campaigning on his
behalf. We strongly encourage all home schooling parents to do the
same.

December
14, 2007

Georgia
Clifton [send her mail]
lives in Nevada and home schooled both of her children.

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