Here's a wacky development from our neighbors to the north. Apparently a Quebec judge has ordered a homeschooling family to send their three-year-old son into daycare so he could be socialized. His five, seven, and nine year old siblings have been ordered into public schools for the same reason. Huh?
"Four children ages 9, 7, 5 and 3 from a homeschooling family in Notre-Dame-des-Bois in Québec, Canada have been ordered into public school for socialization," states this report from HSLDA. "The Roman Catholic family, who have been homeschooling their children for four years, were reported to the youth protection services (YPS) for neglect and had a four-day trial in November 2010. The judge in the case, Judge Nicole Bernier, ordered that the children remain in school or in day care until YPS officials approved a plan for socialization. However, because of apparent bias against homeschooling and these parents, this is unlikely to ever happen."
“This is a shocking decision,” said Paul Faris, president of HSLDA of Canada. “Even more concerning is the judge’s decision to order the younger children who were not of compulsory school age into day care for socialization.”
HSLDA President J. Michael Smith agreed. “It’s incredible that a judge in Canada would order three-and-half and five-year-old children into public-funded day care for socialization reasons. From what we know of this Catholic family, they have worked very hard to provide an adequate education for their children which included opportunities for social interaction with others. We are gravely concerned with this decision,” he said.
I wasn't aware that Canada was so intolerant toward homeschooling. Or am I wrong? Is it just this wacky judge or is it Canada as a whole which leans toward being hostile to homeschooling families?
I'd love to hear from any Canadian readers on this topic.