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Educational Neglect

January 15, 2013

I home school my children and I write primarily as a child advocate–mother and teacher.

So I was disturbed to find that we have a new category for neglect–educational neglect.

Certainly if children all over this country are being forced to sit around and watch soap operas that would be a problem. But as a legal category educational neglect is a dangerous designation.

1. It draws focus and resources away from other types of abuse.

2. Education can come in many, many different forms. Who will decide what sorts of learning are valid and which are negligent?

3. Where do home schoolers and unschoolers fit? Will we be forced to conform to public school bureaucracy to call off the dogs?

4. I know my children are safer with me than in a public school. They are ahead of arbitrary grade levels. They study languages, play instruments, write adventure stories, practice extreme sports. They are benefitting from a unique education and smaller “class” size.

5. The public system is not great for everyone. My adopted daughter rebelled against traditional high school because she had social anxiety issues. We were blessed to have a specialized alternative. But what if we did not? She was not going to go to “regular school.”. Would we have been deemed neglectful if she refused?

In fact, I am more afraid of a national drift towards educational neglect. Our children are led by entertainment, bereft of history, ruled by social media.

We have eviscerated the heart and core of education–the family, the community, faith, and replaced it with the emptiest of words–neglect.


From → homeschool

  1. Reblogged this on Elealee's Blog.

  2. Oh, that is interesting. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    • Troubling. My hope is that the fact that we are quietly saving the government money will help us…

      Sent from my iPad

      • It would be nice to think so, but I wonder if they find control more valuable than saving dough? They’d like to get their hands on the kids of America and by doing so control the future.

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