View Full Version : Another "homeschooling" family in the news

03-11-2010, 10:37 AM
It really irks me that when an abusive situation gets reported in the news, it almost never fails to mention how the people involved were "homeschooled". This is similar to Central Florida local news stories always linking Disney to everything ("he works at Disney", "his cousin's wife's brother's nephew once visited Disney"...) even if it has NO relevance to the situation.

In this latest example, posted here, http://tinyurl.com/yk5g3qc , once again it is mentioned that the children were homeschooled in order to shield them from scrutiny. Wait for the backlash against homeschoolers, AGAIN. As if having kids in the mainstream public schools is any deterrent to abusers. There are many ways to abuse a child, and physical abuse is just ONE of them. Many ways don't show marks, many abused kids never report it, and the vast majority of homeschoolers do not abuse their children or even homeschool to escape anyone's scrutiny.

I don't abuse my kids and I'm not trying to "escape" scrutiny. However, I do object to any more government control over how I choose to educate my homeschooled child. In the last couple of weeks, I have seen a couple of prominent headlines showing up (and remaining posted as a "Top Story" by Yahoo News for several days) that referred to homeschoolers: one was about the German homeschoolers granted political asylum in the US (http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20100302/us_time/09171196809900)and the other was about bemoaning the fact that it is hard for homeschoolers to find non-creation-related science curriculum (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3x1DHDjafMujXt9RNwwH6ugU9NgD9E9AOV80).

Personally, I don't think that the German family should have been granted political asylum, whether they be fundamentalists or atheists. There are far more dangerous threats that face people every day than the fact that they cannot homeschool their kids. It's maddening that those countries outlaw homeschooling, but I personally don't believe that it should qualify for political asylum. I also don't agree that it's all that hard for secular homeschoolers to find curriculae that aren't religious. If anything, most of us can find used school books at thriftstores that are secular. The Lab of Mr. Q (http://www.eequalsmcq.com/) is a secular science curriculum. If you go look in the Curriculum Reviews or the Favorite Resources by Subject forums, I'm sure you'll find more.

Anyway, getting back to my original point... Yes, this is an awful situation being reported today. But I wish that there would have been a disclaimer linked to the article stating that not all homeschoolers are to be painted with the same brush. Not that it would change people's minds who have already decided that we are all child-abusers in disguise, but maybe it would have sparked someone's interest to do some more research and realize that we are not (all) freaks.

In the end, all this talk about homeschooling in the Top News makes me uncomfortable. No, we don't have anything to hide, but those stories (not the abuse situation story but the other 2 I'm referring to) were mostly negatives DISGUISED as positive homeschooling stories and will only serve to invite more scrutiny into what homeschoolers do or don't do... and I don't believe that it will be for the best.

What do you think?

03-14-2010, 03:11 PM
Yeah. I'd like to see an article about abused children... ok, I'd like to never again see an article about abused children... but IF such a thing were to happen and the child went to a public or private school, I'd like for them to mention that in the article, and maybe mention how it wasn't caught by the teachers, if that happened to be the case.