Thursday, June 26, 2008

Homeschooling Can Be Abusive

This FOX discussion between Laura Ingraham and education expert, Dr. William Bainbridge regarding the California ruling, is a bit over the top in regards to manners; but it was interesting to watch Bainbridge assert that there needs to be a line between "responsible parenting and child abuse" and then in the same breath claim that homeschooling 16 or 17 year olds can be abusive and a violation of the child's fourteenth amendment right of equal protection. He believes that "no parents should have unfettered control of their child's education."

The ridiculous point he's trying to make, if only Ingraham would let him, is that no parent is competent to teach all the the subjects a high schooler needs and therefore the child is deprived of their rights. He then remarks that if homeschooling parents are smart enough to teach their kids then they should be able to figure out a way to get their kids into a private or charter school. I guess that statement is supposed to prove just how incompetent we really are. This wouldn't even be worth talking about, except that these are the "experts" that legislators love to call on to testify in favor of increasing regulation on homeschoolers; so it's good to know what they're saying.

Watching this video reminds me all over again why I gave up watching television 20 years ago, especially news shows. If homeschooling is abusive because of incompetent parents, then watching television is absolute torture because of incompetent "experts".

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