My heart goes out to these young boys and to any other child that is in a position where they cannot defend themselves.
On a local homeschool list, it was said that Nancy Grace of CNN reported the story and mentioned that homeschooling should draw a red flag and should be more regulated around the country. Should public schools then? Private schools? Many children attend public or private schools that are highly regulated yet, the abuse continues among their ranks as well.
The laws are already on the books to prevent abuse. The challenge we as a society are faced with is enforcing them.
This statement from CNN bears repeating again and again and again:
In almost every abuse case that I have seen, there were prior complaints. As it should be, this is a hot topic, with varying opinions on how it should be handled. Perhaps instead of making hard cases into bad law and inflicting new laws on the innocent, investigators should follow complaints and assure that children who may be in questionable circumstances know how to reach out to someone if they need help. If case workers’ jobs are overwhelming as we often hear about, perhaps they should hire more individuals to help lighten that load and effectively deal with known abusers.
Again, no one ever likes to hear of a child being abused, but the educational choice is not relevant. In light of the media connecting home education as a part of the problem, here are some other sites and articles that offer some insight into the issue:
- Advocates for Home Education in Massachussetts
- The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers
- Why Legislation to Prevent “Unqualified” Families From Homeschooling Won’t Work by Larry and Susan Kaseman
Posted by Mary Nix