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worst-case scenario: homeschooling

By Leila Marie Lawler (articles ) | Oct 14, 2003

Homeschoolers are a bit upset to find the CBS evening news going ape over a story of a family, who, among other things, homeschooled their children until one of them unleashed mayhem in their midst.

The North Carolinians for Home Education responds with a well reasoned look at the situation.

"Given then a truant family, with a criminal record in another state, already reported to Social Services by their neighbors and receiving regular contact from them -- how many rules, how many systems, how much intervention does it take to prevent an unpredictable and senseless tragedy?

If a family chooses to disregard the law entirely, how could more rules help?"

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Oct. 14, 2003 11:09 PM ET USA

    CBS should point out that those reprehensible dregs of society, the Founding Fathers of the United States, were all homeschooled. Homeschooled moron Thomas Jefferson started the Library of Congress with his 26,000 book collection. Its on the web, and one of the most beautiful websites that I have ever seen.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Oct. 14, 2003 8:46 PM ET USA

    I loved the part where CBS dragged in Andrea Yates (the poor demented woman who drowned all her kids) to support their case about the need for more homeschooling regs. Here was a bona fide psychotic, if there ever was one, a woman who was conforming with all those regulations CBS loves, who was under the care of a psychiatrist, at or around the time of the murders, and whose actions came still came as a shock to all who knew her.

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