Dark Side of CBS
- Wednesday, October 29, 2003
We do not have statistics delineating how many of these abused children were educated at home. However, certain realities are apparent. The best estimate of the number of children being home schooled is approximately 2 million. Applying the rate of abuse to the homeschool population results in an estimate that there should be 24,800 children who would have been abused by their parents. This is a staggering figure. Applying the same reasoning to fatalities, there should be over 36 deaths a year of homeschooled children. Given the scrutiny of homeschooling by neighbors, relatives, and the general public, it is impossible that abuse is occurring at anything near the national average.
One of the unfortunate consequences of this report is that some people might actually believe it and use the anonymous tip procedures available to report homeschool families for abuse and neglect without any factual basis for doing so. Child Protective Services are obligated to follow-up these reports and homeschool families will face unwarranted harassment. This already happens all too frequently to families all across America. More importantly, real abuse will be missed because the system may be clogged with false reports.
CBS didn't stop at reporting a distorted story but also suggested several regulatory ideas which would address the problems it had supposedly uncovered. One of the suggestions was to subject homeschool parents to criminal background checks. A parent who chooses to raise their own children in their own home would have to undergo a thorough evaluation by a government agency. This is totalitarian and Americans rejected this long ago.
CBS also supports a teacher certification requirement for homeschool families. Why would any sensible person want to prevent dedicated and successful parents from teaching their own children at home by forcing parents to gain a government mandated teacher certification.
Numerous studies demonstrate that homeschoolers outperform their peers academically and a new study from the National Home Education Research Institute answers the nagging question surrounding the socialization of homeschool graduates. Homeschool graduates were found to be succeeding in all walks of life.
For more information on this study - click here -
The truth is that homeschool families are not havens of abuse but rather the leading edge of excellence in American education. CBS's failure to present a fair and unbiased view of home education reveals the dark side of CBS.
If the suggestions put forward by CBS were ever to become law then homeschooling would be severely restricted. The freedom to educate your own child would be lost and the government would assume your responsibilities. HSLDA is determined to fight this government intrusion and the media organizations who use distorted reports to encourage the heavy handed regulation of homeschooling.
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