Skip to comments.Grand Jury Calls for Investigating Homeschoolers (Response...)
Posted on 08/09/2011 6:02:08 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
On July 25, 2011, the Miami-Dade grand jury released several sweeping recommendations in a detailed report on the Nubia Barahona case. The murder of 10-year-old Nubia, apparently at the hands of her adoptive parents earlier this year in Florida, was a heinous crime for which the perpetrators should be severely punished...
While it is right to conduct a thorough review in the aftermath of tragic events in an effort to prevent similar tragedies, it is also important not to overreact. Unfortunately, the grand jury report overreacts in its recommendations to amend Floridas homeschool laws because of Nubias adoptive parents claim that they were homeschooling her for the seven months leading up to her death.
The grand jury recommends that the law be amended to require every notice of intent for a home education program to be forwarded to DCF to determine if any reports have been made to the DCF Hotline. The grand jury went on to recommend that if parents had ever been the subject of a Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigation, they were to be immediately subject to a new investigation by DCF and required to submit to a period of monitoring, even if the previous investigation completely cleared them.
These overreaching recommendations are of great concern to Home School Legal Defense Association, the local homeschool community in Florida, and the wider homeschool movement around the country. The recommendations are stunning because they assume that the lawful decision of parents to teach their children at home must be examined by DCF every single time. Even more concerning, is the grand jurys declaration that if parents had been falsely reported up to seven years ago and completely exonerated, they would be subject to an investigation and undetermined period of monitoring by DCF.
Florida news ping, please!
Maybe duct tape should also be monitored.
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And what about the public school kids who die at the hands of their public school parents?
All banks must investigate all safety deposit box renters for bank robbery as that is how a few banks got robbed.
And the stupid in government just keep on rolling...
The idea is that other adults will notice the marks of beatings, torture and abuse. Or she would mention it to another kid who would tell someone.
When the schools ignore or don’t see what is in front of them, they have not done their jobs.
You wrote:”And what about the public school kids who die at the hands of their public school parents?”
My reply: Or die at the hands of public school family members and or guardians? One name comes to mind, from recent headlines, Ame Deal.
When Kayla McKean was murdered in FL more than 10 years ago and the schools nor DFACS had seen the abuse right before their eyes, I didn’t see every child they taught being investigated.
That is a damn shame that a little girl was killed. Most likely there were either new laws resulting from that and/or changes in procedures at the schools to increase awareness of such abuse.
It is an ongoing probable because of the Welfare Class being generally without a father in the home. Abuse of the children in those homes is an epidemic.
That is where society’s concern should be centered.
But people should not be able to claim they are home schooling when they are just neglecting the child. Or worse.
As I see it it's amazingly foolish they would go after homeschoolers when the very reason my grand daughters are being home-schooled is because of their fears of abuse in the schools...and the teachers inability to correct the problems when they arise. And this in one of the top schools in our area.
Why are your granddaughters in fear of abuse.
Because of other student happenings they see in their school. They see the teachers can do little to intervene when situations arise. And they learn of other happenings that aren’t reported to teachers.
So nothing has happened to them.
Even where I live, Chicago, most “events” are the same kind that happened in my schools fifty years ago. My kids had no problems in their schools and both turned out to be terrific men.
Government schools are run by people who think they care about the children. But present a schoolteacher or administrator with the bill for a single semester of college tuition, and see how fast they backpedal from any thought of actually being committed to that child. But long before it comes time for college, a child's education is critically dependent on parental support of the child's education and educators. So a child lacking in home support won't come out of school with much of an education in any event.
Sending a child to government school is the path of least resistance for the parent. So homeschooling isn't neglect but its opposite. It is the maximum parental involvement in the child's education.
Yes indeed, any incident of child abuse to anything like the extent of the worst examples is a horror. But preventing the people who are most responsible for the way a child turns out from having the authority to educate that child is also an abuse. And make no mistake, no other adult can be relied on more than the child's own family. "Child Protective Services" is a desperate gamble for a child, and only appropriate when you are sure that the child has no protector at home. Which brings us, of course, to the issue of the single-parent family, and the live-in boyfriend . . .And the sabotaging of the place of the father in the family.
Fifty years ago it was more than rare to see in officer in our schools. And no the events today are different in that the students are certainly of another mindset toward authorities than fifty years ago...as well as their behavior when they are caught. Also students game the system to get each other in trouble.
I'm starting my last year of homeschooling and I live in FL. Thankfully I'll be finished before they can start forcing me to deal with DCF.
So because nothing happened to your sons (who are now adults) you think that schools are just fine? That is truly naive.
I didn’t say that. However, the fears expressed around here are completely overblown.