It doesn’t get media coverage, but the homeschooling community has a passionate and committed lobby, which has thrown its support behind Ted Cruz.
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced Monday the launch of the Homeschoolers for Cruz coalition, an alliance of over 6,000 members of America’s homeschool community and prominent homeschooling lobbyists who have united to endorse him for president.
Common Core is perceived as the enemy of homeschooling, which in other countries like Germany (for instance), has been criminalized. Especially among evangelicals, homeschooling is a major issue. Elections have consequences, and if Hillary wins, the “it takes a village crowd” will feel empowered to shut down all but the government-approved curricula.
Hillary said in reply to a question from an Iowa high school teacher last summer, “How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated?”
The operative words here are “non-family.” Who gets to decide how our kids are educated? The federal government, or parents? Cruz’s stance against Common Core resonates with homeschoolers.
“Some of the left want to shut down those who don’t abide by the Common Core agenda,” Cruz stated. “Mark my words, that is not going to happen. If I am elected president, I will direct the U.S. Department of Education, which should be abolished, I will direct the Department of Education that Common Core ends today.”
Iowa evangelicals such as Marlin Bontrager, who homeschooled his 10 children on his farm, are sure to swarm to the caucuses.
“My family and I are so grateful that the Lord has given us a godly man like Ted Cruz to run for president,” Bontrager said in the press release. “As a homeschooling father of 10 and the leader in my home, it is vitally important to me that we have a president who is concerned first and foremost about religious liberty and protecting the Constitution. Within that is included the rights that we need to have as parents to be able to choose what education we desire for our children. I believe that Ted Cruz has and will continue to fight for these rights and that is why I endorse him for president.”
This is one of the payoffs of having a well-established ground game: how many other groups like Homeschoolers for Cruz are out there, ready to bring their candidate’s message to the polls? While Trump fills arenas, Cruz quietly loads his best ammunition in the churches and homes of Iowa.