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  •  You are right, but... (2+ / 0-)
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    Nespolo, LynnS

    you are ignoring that fact that the parents are the ones doing the homeschooling.

    Homeschooling as a concept is not itself to blame.  But homeschooling does provide for the indoctrination of children in lieu of education (because it allows a situation where ALL outside influences/experiences can be removed).  I would suspect (or hope) that it is rare that homeschooling is handled this way, but homeschooling doesn't face the same level of scrutiny that the public schools do, so who knows.  And lets face it, a lot of people turn to home schooling so that their kids don't hear about evolution, or that gay people don't have horns.

    If the shooter's homeschooling consisted of "That Kenyan is coming for our guns, we need to take our country back with 2nd amendment remedies", then I would say that it might have played a role.  That is NOT to say that this is what happened here because I have no idea, but it IS a fair question to ask at this point.

    •  Not ignoring it at all (0+ / 0-)

      I'm the parent doing the homeschooling, and I run Oregon's largest homeschooling email list. Few homeschoolers, even fundamentalists, never leave home, we don't sit at the kitchen table all day by and large. In fact, I'm writing from my oldest daughter's math tutor's waiting room. The ones who yell the loudest--the fundie type--don't represent the majority of homeschoolers any more.

      There are plenty of private schools where parents of that bent can find instruction that perfectly jibes with their own views, down to gay people's horns. And I dare say the vast majority of Fox viewers and RWNJs were public schooled.

      Here in Oregon, as in many states, homeschoolers get MORE scrutiny than private schools. We've tried to get equity with the privates--either bring our regulation down or scrutinize the private schools as much--but the governors have vetoed the bill every time.

      Homeschooling, by the way, is a movement begun by progressives and radicals. Its public face was hijacked by extremist religious/conservative types in the 80s.

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