There seems to be some twittering (no, not the website) going on in the blogosphere home school world about funding and government involvement. A year or so ago I decided to save all of my receipts for my home school materials and deduct them from my (itemized) taxes for the year. Lo and behold, we do not have the right to do that! I was livid. Here I was up to my elbows in receipts from the year (copies, books, school supplies, etc) totaling at least $500.00. At least. And Turbo Tax, very succinctly informs me that home schoolers can have no exemptions. What? The way I understand it (and anyone can correct me if I'm wrong here) teachers in public or private schools can deduct any expense they incur for classroom use (such as say, candy, if it is used for math purposes...) but I cannot deduct my actual curriculum? I was LIVID. I don't just mean a little perturbed. I was mad.
But then I realized that if the government helps me to buy my supplies I am not actually totally home schooling. The government (the powers that be) would have their nose and hand and any other parts of them they chose in my business. The business of my children's education. And, although I forget this focus sometimes, the main reason I home school is so that I might "train up a child in the way he should go..." (Proverbs 22:6). Academics are important. Definitely. Are they the be all, end all? No.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
And I could post more verses on wisdom than anyone has time to read right now...most out of Proverbs-the book of wisdom. But the point is, my whole reasoning for home schooling my children is that, in these early, formative years,they not be steeped in the world. I cannot, and will not, "protect" them forever-I well know that. But I can protect them during the years that they are supposed to be innocent.
See, I got off track again! If I let the government reimuburse me for my teaching expenses...do they not have the right to know what they're paying me for?
We'll eek by and pay for our own curriculum. That which I have decided with God's help and my husband's help is best for the hearts and minds of our children.