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:
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.
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.