Homeschooling and Child Abuse, Child Neglect, and Child Fatalities

NHN Officers position statement against increasing regulatory burden on homeschool parents and defend the right of parents to educate their children free from governmental oversight, click here:

 In Defense of the Existing NV Homeschool Law

2/23/2018 – From HSLDA:

On Wednesday we noticed several negative articles linking child abuse and homeschooling in a number of states. By the time we got to the third article, we realized that it was essentially the same article with only minor tweaks (picture, headline, contributor, and first few paragraphs) which target specific states—and they were all being published by Patch.com.

Some of you were seeing the same articles and contacted us expressing concern about the messaging.

Although Patch purports to be local news, this series is clearly a campaign.

What’s the best response? Comments from their local audience—you! A few of you have reported that comments with viewpoints opposed to that of the authors are being deleted or marked as spam, or the article is deleted and reposted with no comments. But this appears to be a localized phenomenon and must be happening at the discretion of local Patch editors or moderators.

Calm, reasoned, caring, and compassionate responses from local homeschoolers are the best antidote to attempts to misrepresent homeschooling families. Patch.com invites articles from people like you. If you want to write something, check out our resource Responding to Calls for Increased Homeschool Regulation: Some Things to Consider at http://ow.ly/mhZE50gBYik

Also, let your friends and family know about the opportunity to respond as readers, homeschooling parents/grads, and friends of homeschooling families.

HSLDA is here to protect your right to homeschool. If legislation is introduced in any state, we will be there to make sure that hasty legislation does not discriminate against and unjustly burden homeschooling families who are raising their children in a safe, loving, and educationally rich environment.

 HSLDA – Responding to Calls for Increased Homeschool Regulation: Some Things to Consider

2/22/2018 – For a change of pace, here is an article on three Harvard students that were homeschooled and why the FREEDOM they enjoyed got them to where they are today.  THIS is the dream of a clear majority (if not nearly all) TRUE homeschool parents: Homeschooled en route to Harvard.

1/24/17 – This was published yesterday in the Reno Gazette Journal – Homeschooling child abuse can happen here too by Cameron Etchart. In response, Barbara Dragon, NHN Officer Emerita, wrote a reply that was posted in the Comment section of the article and on the RGJ’s Facebook post.  As the reply seems to keep being marked as “spam” we are publishing her response here  – for the record.

1/23/2018 – Dr. Brian Ray of National Home Education Research Institute wrote on child abuse occurring in American homes back in 2016… at this time it is worth a read,

Child Abuse of Public School, Private School, and Homeschool Students: Evidence, Philosophy, and Reason .

NHN appreciates Dr. Ray’s fact-based ideas and philosophical positions.  NHN has worked for two decades with loving families devoted their children’s academic success and emotional well-being.  We believe overwhelmingly that PARENTS LOVE THEIR CHILDREN more than the government ever can or will.

Nevada had a similar case to the current reported case of massive child abuse by a California couple.  Back in 2006 two children living in Carson City, Nevada had been similarly caged in their home while other children in the family, who lived in the same household, went to public school every day.  NO ONE ever said anything about the two abused children being caged in a bathroom in the home.  It wasn’t until one of the children escaped and was seen wandering around by local police officer.  So, the sad fact is that child abuse happens every day… whether a child attends public school, private school, is homeschooled, or as in that case – never attended a school at all.

NHN grieves for abused children everywhere.  In 2007, when we lobbied for SB 404 – The Homeschool Freedom Bill, we addressed this issue head on.  Using governmental statistics we showed that in Nevada 81% of all child abuse reports come from non-school related sources; nationally it was 83.9%.  We pointed out that private and homeschooled students do not become “invisible” from CPS by not attending public school.  For more check out the pamphlet, Answers to Good Questions.

 

Child Abuse of Public School, Private School, and Homeschool Students: Evidence, Philosophy, and Reason

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Updated

NHN’s Frequently Asked Questions have LOTS of great answers to questions you may have regarding homeschooling in Nevada.  We work hard to keep this information current but should you ever have more questions or your particular question is not listed here be sure to email us via our Contact Page.

October 18, 2017 – Am I legally bound to file a Notification of Intent to Homeschool?  A question was posed on our NHN Facebook page, “What makes it legal to require that I notify? They’re my kids, notifying just allows the government to keep tabs on my kids!”  We disagree.  While we’d love NOT to be required to notify, Nevada has had a homeschool law on the books since 1947; it was very intrusive.  But NHN and other homeschool parents worked diligently (some for 25+ years) to reduce regulations initiated by the original law and then in 2007 wrote and got passed the NV Homeschool Freedom Bill in 2007.  We believe that under the circumstances, passage of this new law moved Nevada homeschooling from one of the WORST law/regulations in the country to one of the best laws; removing us from regulation of the NV Dept. of Education and restoring the fundamental right of parents to direct the education of their children FREE from government control. Read our complete answer here, Question 2.C.

August 20, 2017 – Question 6.A., May a homeschool child be enrolled in a public or private school after homeschooling for a time? has been updated!  The FLOW CHART for this question has also been updated.

2017: We’re always reviewing and tweaking our FAQs to give parents the most current info regarding homeschooling in Nevada.  For the upcoming 2017-18 school year we’ve answered questions about how to get started homeschooling; submitting the NOI; enrolling a child in a public school after homeschooling (we have a great “flow chart” on this topic); participating in public school classes, activities, and sports; and standardized testing for homeschoolers to name a few.  After answering these questions we go back and update the FAQs and our other pages to make sure homeschool families always have the most current information and internet links available.

2016:  Recently a question on Facebook was asked as to whether Nevada homeschoolers are eligible to receive the Millennium Scholarship… the answer is YES, they are.  However, when the mom contacted the Millennium Scholarship Office for more information she received conflicting information on what needs to be submitted with the application.  We have updated the information in our FAQs; see Section 4, the last question for current info as of June, 2016.

NOTE: New numbering of laws affecting NV Homeschooling went into effect June of 2016. The old homeschool laws NRS 392.700 and NRS 392.705 are now NRS 388D.010-070.  However, the wording contained in the homeschool laws has remained EXACTLY the same, only the legal reference numbers have changed.  

World Book and common core

It has come to the attention of NHN that World Book has changed their recommended course of study to be aligned with Common Core standards. It is the opinion of the NHN board that common core is an inferior standard to the classic course of study. Thus, we have decided to archive the classic World Book course of study here for your reference.

K-12 (one file)
Preschool
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade