The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ordered an 11-year-old girl to stop homeschooling and attend public school.
On Wednesday, the three justice panel ruled in favor of divorced father Martin Kurowski, who argued that homeschooling prevents "adequate socialization" for his daughter. The justices asserted in the court opinion that they were not choosing sides among the various forms of education.
"While involves home schooling, it is not about the merits of home verses public schooling," they stated.
The ruling came in a custody battle between her parents. The girl's father sued, saying his ex-wife's Christian teachings in her homeschool curriculum were bad for their daughter.
The mother and religious freedom groups contend the courts were violating her parental and religious rights. But the state supreme court upheld a lower court ruling that said the girl needs to be exposed to other viewpoints.
The Christian Post reported that the justices also noted that homeschooling "has become a widely used alternative to more traditional public or private schools as the vehicle for education children" in recent years.
"Courts have neither the mandate nor the expertise to determine from among these options which generally provides the most suitable education," they said.