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  •  Hyperbole? (4+ / 0-)

    No, not at all hyperbole. The diarist is literally suggesting police involvement for anyone who wants to homeschool. That is a police state.

    Yes, the state has right's to mitigate child welfare. And given evidence that a crime is being committed then it should be fully investigated. Me choosing to homeschool is not evidence that I am abusing my children.

    And your last question is hyperbole and not relevant to this discussion. However, if parents chose to somehow force their children to be illiterate then I assume that other, far more serious, abusive practices would also be occurring and should be investigated.

    •  So what do you suggest to weed out abusers? (1+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe

      You're a homeschooler--do you know of any way to make sure we don't have abusive parents using homeschooling as a cover?  I'm open to any suggestions other than background checks.

      •  Same question (8+ / 0-)

        Since most abused children are in public school, how do you propose that we protect those children? Because what we are currently doing isn't enough. So do we make all children submit to full nude physical exams and psychological analysis every year? Background checks are not going to catch most abusers. The horrible woman in NC had be subject to an extensive background check for her job, but had no signs of problems.

        The statistics discussed by the diarist demonstrate that a very small percentage of homeschoolers are abusive. There is, unfortunately, no way to fully protect children from abuse unless we massively violate the rights of all children and their parents. I am not willing to give up my rights for this any more than I'm willing to give up my rights in the so-called "war on terrorism". Some folks argue that we have a responsibility to society to be fine with the Patriot Act and the domestic spying that is occurring. I am not ok with either.

    •  That is specifically NOT what the diarist is (6+ / 0-)

      suggesting. You are jumping to a bad conclusion.
      The State has an interest in ensuring a minimum standard of education and socialization, that's why schooling is mandatory. Your ability to homeschool is an exemption of the laws that apply to everyone else. There are responsibilities that come with that exemption.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 01:59:16 PM PST

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      •  My responsibilities (1+ / 0-)
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        FloridaSNMOM

        are to my child. Not to you. Not to the county or the state of Florida. There is no requirement that my child be educated in a specific way or that she be "socialized" to suit you.

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