With today’s post I had intended to discuss the reasons why homeschoolers should consider going to a selective college. I’m putting that on the back burner for the moment. Several recent events have convinced me to address something that weighs more heavily on my mind – the destruction of our children’s lives by the state.
Warning, some of the following stories/videos may be disturbing.
At the beginning of the month I saw a video about a small boy in Pennsylvania who was attacked and beaten by seven bullies. Six of them were his classmates, and the only reason we know about this vicious attack was because one of the attackers used a cell phone to record the entire incident. The first thought that came to my mind was: why on earth would this mother send her kid to a school filled with bullies who want to hurt her boy? Of course, every school in America is filled with bullies of some sort – whether they attack others physically or psychologically.
Less than two weeks ago, I read a story about a 13 year old girl who was gang raped by three classmates as she walked home from school in Banning, CA. That reminded me of a story from late 2009 in which a 15 year old girl was gang raped by classmates and adults outside a high school homecoming dance. 8% of all rapes occur at, or going to or from school. Obviously, additional rapes at the hands of classmates occur in the evenings and on the weekends away from school grounds. While there are innumerable reasons to homeschool, protecting your children from this kind of violence should certainly be among the heaviest.
Who cares about the health and safety of your child the most: a state legislator, a superintendent, a teacher, a schoolmate, or you, the parent? Just as parents care more about their child’s academic progress than a teacher could, parents care more about their child’s safety and well-being. The moment you hand your child over to the state by way of public schooling, you also hand over the responsibility for their safety to people who may very well be more concerned about power and influence than the well-being of your child.
The malicious and hurtful behavior toward children does not start and end with classmates. The state, or public school employees, can harm your children as well. The string of sexual assault cases against teachers over the past few years has been well documented. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education estimates that nearly 9.6% of students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career. But I want to talk about the less obvious ways that the state destroys the lives of our children. Take for example the 11 year old boy from Arvarda, Colorado who was told by his therapist to draw pictures when angry. He drew a picture of a stick figure pointing a gun at four other stick figures with the words “teachers must die”. While such words may be troubling, the Principal knew that the child was seeing a therapist, determined he was not dangerous, and sent him back to class. However, the police showed up at the boy’s home that evening and arrested him. At the police station they wouldn’t allow him to see his parents or eat dinner. He was put in a cell, had his mug shot taken, and was fingerprinted. Then they sent him by ambulance to a mental hospital in Colorado Springs, over 80 miles away, for three days.
Consider the mother whose elementary school child was committed to a psychiatric ward against the mother’s wishes. The crime the 6 year old child committed? He drew a “violent” picture at school and said that he wanted to die. Instead of working with the mother, who said that she would have him see a therapist the very same day, or helping the child cope with the fact that his daddy was in the midst of being deployed to Iraq, school officials had him sent to a psych ward for 48 hours.
What is the result of these actions by the state? Would it be reasonable to assume that the adults in authority that the children are taught to respect and obey, who then prematurely send those children off to mental ward prisons, might be harming the children far more than they protect or “educate” them? Fortunately for the 6 year old whose daddy was deploying to Iraq, his mother is considering removing him from the custody of the state which wantonly sends children to psych wards and detention camps. She is considering homeschooling.
In Anaheim, Calfornia the school district is using GPS tracking to prevent truancy. I’ve always believed that GPS tracking devices were more appropriate for parolees than students. In Escambia County in Florida, the school will begin random drug testing of middle- and high-school students who participate in extracurricular activities, athletics and campus parking. These initiatives might seem appropriate if you believe it is the responsibility of the state to control, entrap, and punish children. However, if you are a parent that loves and cares for your child, think of the negative consequences of such policies. If your child were to test positive for drugs, even if it is a false positive, the negative ramifications could destroy the future prospects of your child. This article spells out quite well how damaging this policy can be: It’s Escambia County Defund The Schools Day. For those parents who think that this policy is reasonable, please ask yourself, is the benefit of cheap childcare worth sacrificing the future happiness and success of your child?
Finally, the disturbing video of a mother verbally attacking the judge who sentenced her son to a juvenile detention center in a kickback scheme should be a compelling argument for anyone who is still on the fence as to whether or not the state has your child’s best interests in mind. Why was the mother so upset? After being sent to the juvenile detention center, the all-star wrestler fell into depression, and ultimately committed suicide. The record against the state is quite clear. The state exists to benefit itself, its employees, and the special interests that help politicians get elected. Their first priority is never your child. No one will ever love or care for your child as much as you. Don’t hand your children over to the state.