As YWN readers are aware, there was a court hearing yesterday on the yeshiva’s and other private school’s request for an injunction of the new State Education Department guidelines.
While the judge did not issue a ruling from the bench, yesterday’s hearing made it absolutely clear why an injunction is necessary, and why we can not allow the State to control our mosdos hatorah.
At the hearing, the lawyer for the State Education Department revealed just how warped their view of the relationship between parent, child and the state is.
The State argued to the court that they must protect the “voiceless child” who is being “conscripted” by his parent to follow in their path.
That’s right – conscripted, a word that even dictionaries associate with forced military service, is how the State views the relationship between parent and child.
You don’t need to take our word for it. YWN offers you exclusive audio clips of the State defending the new guidelines “Because education for the voiceless child who can be conscripted at their parents will to what they want is so important to the states interest, because education is the foundation for a society”.
IN THE CLIP ABOVE — HEAR THE STATE REFERRING TO PARENTS WHO CHOOSE YESHIVA EDUCATION AS CONSCRIPTING VOICELESS CHILDREN
That wasn’t all. The State also argued to the Court that the State is not interested only in the basics of education – English, math, history and science. Instead, they argued to the court that yeshivas must be required to provide arts and theatre courses as well.
IN THE CLIP ABOVE — HEAR THE STATE ARGUE THAT YESHIVAS MUST OFFER ARTS
In fact,, the State’s lawyer specifically referenced yeshivas and yeshiva parents who do not want to provide arts and theater classes, and those parents “do not have the right to unfettered private education” and so when “PEARLS submits affidavits that say I don’t want my son or daughter taking art, I don’t want them taking this, well, I understand but . . . you don’t have that choice” The State repeated its insistence that yeshivas offer theater later in the argument.
IN THE CLIP ABOVE — HEAR THE STATE ARGUE THAT YESHIVAS MUST OFFER THEATER AND ART
This is all very dangerous. It goes far beyond basic education. It demonstrates that the State Education Department wants to control our yeshivas and our children. We cannot let that happen.