Channel 9, The Oklahoman [for convenience, use Bug Me Not], televised a report about a girl abused by her mother. No mention was made of a father. The little girl can’t read, doesn’t know her last name, yet her mother claimed to be homeschooling her.
Just about one year ago, HEM published an article, Why Legislation to Prevent "Unqualified" Families From Homeschooling Won’t Work, explaining how regulation, or even further regulation (depending on the state) doesn’t stop child abuse. Over a year ago my predecessor listed a 2002 report that showed Child Abuse Drops While Homeschooling Grows. The connection between homeschooling and child abuse is spurious.
On the same website that reported the abuse of the little girl, it was also reported that, "Three elementary children were found dead Friday inside their burned home, and their father was arrested in connection with the fire." Enrollment in school didn’t help the children who died in the fire since the tragedy is underscored by the report’s statement that, "The school day ended before law enforcement confirmed the Payne children were in the home. Their classmates went home before school officials could announce the deaths . . ." Presumably regulation wouldn’t have prevented the tragedy had they been homeschooled because a restraining order was in place against the father.
No laws are 100% effective in stopping deranged, psychotic people from committing crimes of commission, or preventing pathetically inept people from commiting crimes of omission.
Criminals don’t obey the laws that are already in place. That’s what makes them criminals.