O’Hanlon: Do you have any objection to [state] testing [of homeschooling families] to determine the results of home education?
Rushdoony: I would be very much in favor of it if the same tests were applied to public school students and the schools shut down if they determine that the schools were inadequate…this has been proposed in at least one state legislature where I testified and the state school system strongly objected to it.
My two cents
If I were in the courtroom when Rushdoony said this, I probably would have laughed. I bet statist educators would have been upset at being exposed like that. It’s so good when a witness can give a witty response like this and put lawyers back in their place.
It would be great if any courts from the 1980s filmed their trials and you could watch Rushdoony responding to every line from the state lawyers.
Unknown. (1987). Rushdoony Leeper Transcript: Texas Homeschool Trial. Available: http://rushdoony.sitewave.net/rushdoony-leeper-transcript-texas-homeschool-trial/. Last accessed 17th May 2011.