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  •  Why do you think that? (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't think there's a higher incidence rate of child abuse in home schooled children
    With the greatly reduced opportunity for problems to be seen, addressed or reported, wouldn't it be logical that the incidence could well be higher than for those in traditional schools, as a cycle of abuse is more likely to be interrupted where there is more visibility? And add to that the reality that some, albeit small, number of parents who claim to be homeschooling are making that claim to conceal neglect and abuse.

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    by Catte Nappe on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 01:45:01 PM PST

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    •  I usually stay up on studies about child abuse (7+ / 0-)

      and I haven't seen anything that correlates child abuse with home schooling. I don't know of any studies on the subject - and I looked for them. I can tell you some absolute horror stories of children who go to public school who were abused and no one knew. The single factor that increases the likelihood of child abuse is living in a single parent household.

      It makes sense that abusive parents might find home schooling to be a better control. No doubt, but the worst cases I saw had mainstreamed educations. These students were favored by teachers because they were so well behaved. When I see the anecdotal reports of horrid living conditions of some home schooled children, I was tempted to make some assumptions; but the facts aren't there yet.

      Child abuse is something that bothers me a lot and the studies are all over the place, but strangely, no one is collecting the data on the survivors educational situation at the time of the initial report.

      We could find it's an under reported crime, due to the isolation of the children involved. Considering how much hostility home schooling gets, I'm surprised no one has picked that variable for a retroactive review of child abuse cases. At any rate, it needs more study before we can claim a cause and effect.

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      by JDWolverton on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 03:02:34 PM PST

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