Did I miss something in the Constitution ?
Not in the US constitution David. But you may have missed something in the constitution of Massachusetts, littlek's state. It provides, and has been providing since its original version of 1780:
One author of the 1780 Massachusetts constitution -- I guess John Adams, judging by the section's cramped style -- wrote:
Section 2.--The Encouragement of Literature, etc.
Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties; and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of the people, it shall be the duty of legislatures and magistrates, in all future periods of this commonwealth, to cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them; especially the university at Cambridge, public schools, adn grammar-schools in the towns; to encourage private societies and public institutions, rewards and immunities, for the promotion of agriculture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufactures, and a natural history of the country; to countenance and inculcate the principles of humanity and general benevolence, public and private charity, industry and frugality, honesty and punctuality in their dealings; sincerity, and good humor, and all social affections and generous sentiments, among the people.
So it appears, David, that your only disagreement with littlek is on the constitutionally proper involvement of the federal
government. The constitution of littlek's state comes out forcefully on her side. I think littlek would have no problem if oversight of homeschooling happened on the state level instead of the federal level. But she can speak for herself.
It also appears that on your constitutional point, littlek was too defensive for the good of her own position. The founding fathers of Massachusetts did
think education was important for the makeup of a free state -- and their conclusions look very
similar to those of her and the Greek philosophers she was invoking!
Littlek, was that what you were asking me when you asked me if I know that? The answer is that I didn't. I only found that out a few minutes ago, when I googled the Massachusetts state constitution.