Texas Court: Is The Rapture a Reason For Homeschooling Parents to Stop Educating Their Kids?
The case revolves around the family of Laura and Michael McIntyre, who are according to LocalNews7, accused of failing to teach their children educational basics because they were waiting to be transported to heaven with the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The controversy erupted after Michael McIntyre’s brother said that he hasn’t seen the children being educated and the family’s eldest daughter ran away from home. She told local officials that she wanted to return to school.
Texas Supreme Court will now decide where religious liberty and parental rights stop and where demands for home-schooled children to actually learn something begin. The court decision is viewed as a turning point in the public debate about home-schooling in the United States.
For now, the state of Texas only requires that home-schooling parents provide officials a written curriculum for basic educational goals. However, there’s no mandatory testing for educational results, Patheos reports.
Guess I should be thankful my parents made me go to school, despite their belief that 'the rapture' is imminent! https://t.co/nENYbv6Vi4
— guymac (@guymac) November 2, 2015
Parents are accused of not teaching their children, because they were waiting to be "raptured" https://t.co/Wu1JwrhSWm
— Nicola_A_Menzie (@namenzie) November 3, 2015
The issue is very divisive in Texas and elsewhere in the United States. Many think that parents should have the right to home-school their children but stress at the same time that there should be a clear responsibility for getting actual results too.