Saturday, July 08, 2006
...Christina, 16, and her sister, Louise, 14, said that instead of studying their homeschool lessons, they spent all day, every day from January through June 2005 traveling to malls and stores across Ohio, stealing thousands of clothes, tools and collectibles by order of their parents...
Both girls said their father told them he would kill them if they ever refused to steal or reported their parents.
It's time the media and the general public understand that not every child who isn't enrolled in school is being homeschooled. I don't know this family, but I'm guessing they weren't taking time out of their busy shoplifting schedule to fulfill the notification and evaluation requirements set down in the Ohio state homeschool law.
There's a term for children who aren't in school and who aren't legally exempt from their state's compulory education statutes. These children are not homeschoolers, they're "truant." I wish the media would quit lumping negligent and abusive parents in with parents who are genuinely working to provide positive educational opportunities for their children by homeschooling them properly and legally.Which is not to say that I think that all homeschoolers need to follow a rigid schedule, but even by unschooling standards, I don't think day after day of thievery under duress counts as providing an education.
When you think of homeschoolers, please don't think of people like these. This is not what homeschooling is about.
why is it that the media will pick a topic and show only the bad side until they run it into the ground, but won't show the bad side of the opposing opinion. ie. you don't hear such bad stories about public schooled kids...even though those kids are in gangs that steal from malls too. (maybe because their parents aren't making them do it?)
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BTW, you referred to Ohio and their rules and regs about home schooling...are you in or near Ohio? I don't think I knew that one way or the other.
Yes, I am, with kids who just scored in the 97th percentile nationwide ITBS.
Have you seen the new Karl Maeser Academy site? Fantastic.
Bad "negligent school" parents need to go to the same place as child molesters, in my opinion.
On another note, shoplifting, last time I checked wasn't really a subject of unschooling that my parents allowed! LOL - some people!