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CBS Series on Homeschooling Tonight & Tomorrow
North Carolina Home Educators ^ | 10/13/03 | Mike Brindle

Posted on 10/13/2003 6:37:24 AM PDT by condi2008

Following discussions that Hal Young, the president of NCHE (North Carolina Home Educators), had on Friday with the CBS Evening News producer, it is anticipated that CBS will be running a 2 part series on Monday & Tuesday evening on homeschooling (The report is already complete, but be mindful that other news may possibly preempt it).

This report is expected to focus on the handful of child abuse cases over the past 5 to 10 years involving "presumed homeschoolers" including the murder/suicide of "Non homeschooled homeschoolers" in Johnston County, NC two years ago. The CBS reporters will be highlighting various murders, suicides, etc. involving "homeschoolers" nationwide and will attempt to argue that "Homeschooling is out of control". The woman producer stated directly to Hal that he "would not be pleased with the report", and that the intent of the report is to encourage further state and federal government regulation of homeschooling.

I encourage you to both watch these reports and pray as we seek to understand the effects of this reporting on homeschooling in North Carolina. Jan & I will be praying over the following:

That the report when aired will be little watched in terms of Market Share and perceived for exactly what it is, a biased attack on homeschooling.
That as with Balaam in the Bible, nothing will said against us that God does not allow.
That the Lord will use this incident for His Glory and our encouragement.

In addition, I encourage you to monitor the sponsors of the commercials surrounding the segment and issue E-mails to the companies involved stating our displeasure with their sponsoring of these sorts of attacks and our intent to consider their sponsorship when making product purchase decisions. E-mail/letters to CBS News itself may also be used, but this route would be expected to be ineffective, as their Editorial Board obviously supports this reporting.

Both NCHE and HSLDA will be monitoring this report closely and you should expect further information from both sources. Please feel free to pass this message to anyone that you desire.

In Christ's Service,

Mike Brindle NCHE Region 12 district director


TOPICS: Announcements; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: education; homeschool; homeschoolers
Homeschoolers' heads up.
1 posted on 10/13/2003 6:37:24 AM PDT by condi2008
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2 posted on 10/13/2003 6:39:25 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: ladylib; ArGee; hsmomx3; Domestic Church
I'm quite confident that Dan Rather shall be objective on the topic of homeschooling. / SARCASM.
3 posted on 10/13/2003 6:42:59 AM PDT by Kuksool
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To: condi2008
Objectivity, thy name is Rather.
4 posted on 10/13/2003 6:44:29 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: condi2008
I want to keep an eye on this story.
5 posted on 10/13/2003 6:44:41 AM PDT by docmcb
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To: Kuksool
Thanks.

We had a child abuse case recently in my state where the school knew something was going on (the mother showed up to school drunk) yet they did nothing about it as far as reporting her to the state. She killed her son.
6 posted on 10/13/2003 6:51:25 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: condi2008
Any suggestion that they would balance the story of violence against "non-homeschooled-homeschoolers" with statistics on public school student-on-student battery, gun violence and sexual predators?

Here in N. Florida a 15 year old was sucker punched by a 17 year old, went into a coma and died several days later...in an elementary school, a girl was raped in the bathroom and the principal made comments to the effect that she invited the assault by going into the boys bathroom...somehow, I never saw that on the national news.

7 posted on 10/13/2003 6:52:42 AM PDT by Dutchgirl
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To: condi2008
Big surprise here. As long as those unqualified parents keep teaching lies to their unsocialized children someone has to speak up. Anyway when they grow up they'll just be malcontents. Its better to nip this homeschool mess in the bud now and get everybody on the same page. Wouldnt want commoners to think for themselves.
8 posted on 10/13/2003 6:58:22 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Kuksool
As far as the non-homeschooling students in NC, the state requires that homeschoolers register with the state and take annual tests.

These people were truant -- not homeschooling. Homeschooling and truancy are two different things.

http://hslda.org/laws/default.asp?State=NC
9 posted on 10/13/2003 6:59:04 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: Dutchgirl
What about the criminal teacher's aid that duct taped kids a couple of weeks ago?

Let Rather do a piece on the criminal activities in the public schools by teachers on students. There are plenty of them -- from pedophilia to physical abuse.

Nice to know that the producer of the program admits it's a trash job. So much for objectivity.
10 posted on 10/13/2003 7:02:43 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: 2Jedismom
...the intent of the report is to encourage further state and federal government regulation of homeschooling.

Nice.

A ping for your list!

11 posted on 10/13/2003 7:07:21 AM PDT by agrace
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To: ladylib
What about the criminal teacher's aid that duct taped kids a couple of weeks ago?
12 posted on 10/13/2003 7:09:26 AM PDT by AAABEST
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To: AAABEST
Let Danny Boy report on that, not that anyone watches Channel 2 news anymore.
13 posted on 10/13/2003 7:15:04 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: condi2008
INTREP - HOMESCHOOLING
14 posted on 10/13/2003 7:28:21 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: condi2008
I'm confused. Is this to be broadcast only in NC, or nationwide?
15 posted on 10/13/2003 7:43:28 AM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Luke Skyfreeper
Nationwide.
16 posted on 10/13/2003 7:54:59 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: condi2008
I suggest that FOX news do a F&B report on public schools and child abuse.

I've had to delete my original reply because I'm too furious to think straight. I'm certain that whatever my response to this biased piece of &$#%, it'll be way too "colorful". I don't know if I should watch it or not.

17 posted on 10/13/2003 12:23:26 PM PDT by Marie (I smell... COFFEE! coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee! COFFEE!!)
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To: condi2008
the CBS Evening News

What's that? Which blogspot is it on? Do you have the link?

I don't know anyone that has ever referred to that blog...

18 posted on 10/13/2003 12:29:32 PM PDT by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: condi2008
...and that the intent of the report is to encourage further state and federal government regulation of homeschooling.

somebody's scared.

19 posted on 10/13/2003 12:37:00 PM PDT by Semaphore Heathcliffe ("Comin' down the mountain...")
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To: condi2008
5 minutes to airtime bump
20 posted on 10/13/2003 3:22:56 PM PDT by lainie
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To: condi2008
Do you have a homeschooling ping list? Add me if you do, thanks.
21 posted on 10/13/2003 4:07:16 PM PDT by First Amendment
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To: pram; Kuksool
I don't have a homeschoolers' ping list, but I suspect someone does...
22 posted on 10/13/2003 4:33:20 PM PDT by condi2008 (Pro Libertate)
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To: condi2008
I accidently saw part of this. Disgusting hatchet job. What else would you expect? I s'pose they will also point out how homeschoolers cream public school kids on tests (THEIR tests) and talk about how many public school kids are abused and/or murdered by their parents, guardians, or parent's shackups. Holding my breath in Missouri . . .
23 posted on 10/13/2003 5:14:41 PM PDT by Timmy
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To: Timmy; All
From HSLDA (HomeSchool Legal Defense Association):

CBS National News ran a negative homeschooling report last night titled "The Dark Side of Homeschooling" and will run a further report this evening. The reports focus on a handful of child abuse cases during the past 5 to 10 years involving families claiming to be homeschoolers.

Last night's segment discussed the murder of Kyle, 13, and Marnie Warren, 19, by their brother Brandon, 14, and his subsequent suicide. The Warren family is from Johnston County North Carolina.

To view the CBS story go to: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1139

Missing from the CBS story was that: Social Services had contacted the family eleven times, were well aware of the condition of the home and had been working with the family.

However, to any fair-minded reader the story leaves the impression that homeschooling equals child abuse.

We are outraged that CBS would ignore the obvious facts and draw the erroneous conclusion that homeschoolers need to be strictly regulated. The story is a shameless attempt to smear an entire community of committed, dedicated parents.

The real story is CBS's bias against homeschooling and it is using this distorted story to encourage the regulation of homeschoolers.

Please call Viacom (parent company of CBS) and CBS to express your opposition to the biased reporting and smear campaign against homeschooling. Highlight the fact that homeschooling was not the cause of the childrens' deaths and that you expect CBS to have higher journalistic standards.

Viacom President and CEO - Mel Karmazin
P - 212-258-6000

CBS Evening News - LA Bureau
P - (323) 575-2202

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

24 posted on 10/14/2003 3:15:18 PM PDT by condi2008 (Pro Libertate)
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To: condi2008
From crosswalk.com

Home School Defender: CBS Used Tragedy to Push Regulation
Jim Brown and Jenni Parker
Agape Press

The CBS Evening News is being accused of taking a cheap shot at home schooling.

In the first of a two-part series on what CBS News calls "a dark side to home schooling," correspondent Vince Gonzales highlighted an isolated case in rural North Carolina where a teenage boy committed suicide after killing his brother and sister in their squalid trailer home. The parents of the two children had reportedly been home schooling them, and were under investigation by the Department of Social Services for abuse and neglect.

Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (hslda.org) (HSLDA), believes CBS used the tragic case to push for government regulation of home schooling.

"What does home schooling have to do with this? Nothing," Smith says, adding, "The only thing that [the media] can point to is that these folks were alleged home schoolers."

Smith says he does not think the parents in the CBS news story ever even attempted to comply with state home-schooling association guidelines, something his group is attempting to verify. In any event, he feels CBS News is taking an isolated incident out of its true context to bolster its case against home schooling.

"We're trying to figure out why they've taken this situation to try to support their position, because it doesn't do it," Smith says. He believes that instead of operating on a factual basis and reporting the news fairly, CBS was using emotionalism in the hope of sparking public outrage against the home schooling movement.

Smith feels the CBS reports are deflecting attention and concern from where they should be focused. "I'm trying to figure out why this turns against home schooling rather than against the Department of Social Services," he says, "because they're responsible for protecting children."

Smith points out that the system in place requires Social Services to investigate abuse and neglect, which that department claims to have done. "It appears to me that the conclusion CBS is making of these facts is totally illogical," he says.

The HSLDA was established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. The legal defense group has been involved in a number of home schooling disputes in North Carolina, including the recently resolved Stumbo case, in which the state's Supreme Court finally ruled against the Department of Child Protective Services and in favor of safeguarding the privacy of home-schooling parents.

According to Smith, the Stumbo case was significant because North Carolina's high court found that social workers are obligated to examine reports alleging abuse or neglect to make sure they rise to the level as defined by the law before initiating an investigation.

The HSLDA president feels that every anonymous report of abuse should not necessarily result in an investigation, but that social workers need to carefully scrutinize each report so that they will not subject families to unjustifiable trauma due to a trivial or false allegation. While the incidents reported in the recent CBS Evening News story were tragic and may have been a situation of actual abuse, Smith contends that the story has little or nothing to do with home schooling. He believes the media simply used that spurious connection for their own purposes, and is urging families to phone or e-mail CBS to complain about its "Eye on America" report.

© 2003 Agape Press.

25 posted on 10/15/2003 11:02:01 PM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
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To: Kuksool
I'm quite confident that Dan Rather shall be objective on the topic of homeschooling. / SARCASM.

Fundamentalist Christian whackos and racist right-wing bigots is the approach he'll take, I'd wager.

26 posted on 10/15/2003 11:05:57 PM PDT by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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