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Wow, big hit piece on homeschooling, perfectly timed to coincide with...

... you know what!

How's this for a heavy duty dose of fear from the Daily Beast?

The Sinister Side of Homeschooling
Sep 20, 2013 5:45 AM EDT

Because the practice is almost entirely unregulated in much of the country, parents are able to hide their crimes—sometimes fatally. Michelle Goldberg investigates.

On September 9, the parents of Hana Williams, an Ethiopian teenager living in the state of Washington, were convicted of killing her. During the last year of her life, court documents show, she had lost almost 30 pounds as she was beaten, denied food, forced to sleep in a barn, and given cold outdoor showers with a garden hose. Much of the time she was kept barefoot, although she was allowed shoes if there was snow on the ground. Sometimes she was given nothing but a towel to wear

Can you believe this outrage? All because she was homeschooled!

Williams is far from the only homeschooled kid to be tortured or murdered in recent years. Exactly how many is hard to say—research on homeschoolers is incredibly spotty, and what exists is mostly done by homeschooling advocates. But Heather Doney and Rachel Coleman, two women who themselves grew up in homeschooling families, have documented dozens of horrific cases on their website, Homeschooling’s Invisible Children, which launched in May. A database of local news stories and official documents, the site is searchable by category, including Fatality, Food Deprivation, Imprisonment, Physical Abuse and Sexual Abuse. Under Sexual Abuse, to take just one of them, Doney and Coleman found almost 70 victims since 2000—and those are just cases that made the papers.


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sheer idiocy at the Daily Beast?

Who would have thought.

Let's do a per-capita comparison of home schooling crimes vs. public school crimes. That ought to shut these morons up.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus


Homeschooling leads to secret murders of children because the state is not regulating them. Of course! I will send my child back to public school, so I do not secretly kill my child. Whew, I feel safer already. -Gamma Rat

Gamma Rat

Thank you for not secretly killing your child.

Your child will thank you some day, too.

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They are targeting single room schoolhouses too.

Some teachers are opening up schoolrooms for teaching competing curricula to Common Core.

Because public schoolers

and pre-schoolers never get killed by abusive parents.

A girl in my town was starved to death in full view of so many adults, people taking tax payer money to take care of her. Part of the horror of the story is how many adults knew she was wasting away, yet our town's newspaper somehow made it about homeschooling. Using the story for some vendetta against homeschooling was such a slap in the face to the people sincerely investigating how this happened and how it can be prevented if being neglected that publicly still goes unnoticed.

Defend Liberty!

sounds like the sinister side of parenting to me.

Maybe we should criminalize parenting too.


found the article

enjoyed reading most of the comments.


This is precisely why liberals/communists are worse than conservatives. Look how low they are willing to go to impose their tyranny. Very scary!

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I heard that Jaycee Dugard was homeschooled,

while she was in the backyard. Clearly there is a connection between child abuse and homeschooling.

"Homeschooling’s Invisible Children" website is a stretch

Truly, I cannot believe anyone would fall for the propaganda on the site, Homeschooling’s Invisible Children. For goodness' sake, the admins on the site most probably Google search "home school" and "abuse," and any news report that shows up (with even a brief mention of home schooling) is linked in.

Oh, no! This is terrible! With all the homeschoolers, we cannot

force vaccines, psychotropic drugs, drug testing, and a myriad of other 'good' things on all the school aged children in the nation. What can be done about this?

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any parent intent on harming his/her child does not need to do it under the guise of homeschooling. Many of these crimes are committed by children who attend public school as well. There are bad parents out there. Most parents who homeschool are extremely dedicated people who want the very best for their children. This article is typical homeschool bias by those whose minds are tainted by propaganda.

If "school" must be a common factor, how about the crimes hidden in public schools...crimes done by teachers to students and students to students?

here: http://www.lawfirms.com/female-teacher-sex-crime-offenders-a...


here: http://www.ehow.com/about_6305599_student-crime-rate-schools...

just for starters...and then there is what happens on the school bus before and after school. Parents who subject their children to that environment should think twice: http://www.publicschoolreview.com/articles/131

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Easy retort

Compare children death via abuse to government schools against home school per capita. Government schools easily overtake home school in deaths per capita

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

70 victims since 2000? there

70 victims since 2000? there are probably millions of victims of child abuse that attend public schools. There are millions of more students who are victims of violence from other students. Anyone with a brain knows that the safest place for 99% of children is at home.


if you wanted to make a correlation between homeschooling and child abuse, you would need to at least show that you are statistically more likely to be a victim in the homeschooling situation, and even then you need to provide evidence that correlation equals causation, which isn't always the case.

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Thanks, but, see:

Thanks, but, see:

the Daily Beast's ideological supermen don't care about facts.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Oh dear !

Invisible children! Invisible to whom? Invisible to the state.

The issue is not public versus homeschooling, but the increasing number of children who are invisible to the state, that is to say, possibly having the capacity to escape the plantation and its tax serfdom.

May their numbers ever increase.

They say these things

They say these things thinking that if you apply the same logic to schools, everything will come up honky dory........anything and everything is possible, yes Homeschool AND shools, what i dont like is the impression that none of these bad things would happen, in some sort of "magical" school that bad situations just bounce of shools impenetrable like fortress......if your not argueing the impartiality, then nine times out of ten, im gonna suspect a bias.....and when that bias has contradictions, im gonna have to rule out narrative, as in, if narrative fits the situation......not outright assume.....but start looking for the signs

No summer vacations either!

By this logic, you cannot leave children with their parents unsupervised for any length of time. They might as well pass regulated government visits to all homes by children services. And I thought we were the ones that were supposed to be conspiracy theorists. Making suggested crimes uo because staistics are missing, really? And ignoring staistics we do have comparing crime in public schools vs home school homes? I wouldn't even use this article for toilet paper.

The article makes statements as if they speak

for themselves. It's just another call for more regulation

Some of the most dangerous places in the country are public schools with student on student violence and bullying, suicides and teacher student abuse.

Schools are supposedly well regulated and they are well funded, yet thus untenable situation still exists.
The two methods of schooling should be compared taking into account academic achievment and the percentage of students who are victims of crimes or commit crimes.
My guess is the homeschoolers will have higher achievment and be less likely to be victims of crimes and less likely to commit them

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"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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The "Supermen" strike again.

The Daily Beast... Oh so appropriately named...

That journal hates, absolutely HATES... everything of the wishes this country was founded upon :

liberty and freedoms.

They worship the state and its supermen.

Actually, they think they are the Supermen.

With God-like powers to give whatever meaning they deem desirable to the RULING OVER your lives they want to enforce - Q.E.D.

Of course homeschooling is intolerable for them.

Hence the smear against it, whenever they will find a chance.

To make it illegal eventually : so they wish.

Evil men. And fools.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Isn't it great being a

Isn't it great being a thinking person? You reach a point after understanding the terms consolidation (or centralization) and decentralization relative to money and its significance to human action including, of course, human interaction, you just are darned glad you're a thinker and can see news for what it is, a pile of s, because the news becomes material for your arguments and guides on how to adapt to life.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.