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    paxpi

    have a problem with this kind of assessment.  For example, what if I chose to use a narrative-literature based approach K-4 with no formal math activities other than incidental games like playing Cribbage.  My child's math scores during this time period might look pretty deficient on the normal curve compared to children in a traditional school program.  I could be seen to be "neglecting" my child's education.  

    But guess what?  There has been research--done in traditional schools where this exact same approach was taken.  And it was found that while the narrative-focused group was "behind" in computation skills at grade 3, once they introduced formal math. this group zoomed far past the other kids in mathematics skills who had been in a traditional curriculum.  And particularly in ability to perform real math in functional activities and word problems.  

    I do not think that children in homeschooling states where there is no assessment or monitoring, such as my state of Kentucky where you simply are supposed to report that you are doing it, are "unprotected." They can choose to look at you to see if you have some kind of records to support "attendance" and that you address the required subject areas and keep some kind of undefined "scholarship reports". And in a case where someone notes a concern with a family the DPP does investigate.  

    Will every abused child be found, likely not.  But they aren't when they attend school either.  And my experience looking at reports of incidents has been that the kind of abusers who isolate children will do so whether or not they claim to homeschool and having more stringent reporting requirements would just drive them more underground and they would simply just fail to register at all.  So you might actually miss some of the kids that might be looked at if they family put the kids on the record here.  I have spoken with a DPP in one county about her practices when there was some local press about possible overreach and was satisfied with her approach and she detailed some situations where there were problems and how she handled these cases.  

    Bottom line is that hard cases make bad law.  

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