Homeschooled kids: Did they fall through the cracks?

policeIn a story that was apparently even linked by The Drudge Report, a homeschooling couple in Montgomery County, New York was arrested for failing to register their homeschool.  This stirred a bit of controversy as there was no evidence of abuse, nor even that the children were not being properly educated.  An anonymous tip led to an investigation which discovered missing paperwork.  They have since fulfilled their legal obligations, and the Superintendent of the Fonda Fultonville Central School District even issued a statement in the wake of the controversy.

All over missing paperwork.

Local reporter Marci Natale seems shocked at the events.  Closing the lead paragraph of her article Homeschooled kids: Did they fall through the cracks? she asks:

How was this allowed to happen and who should be held accountable?

Even the description for the video segment seems over the top, trying to push viewers to an emotional response.

Marci Natale investigates how four children in the Fonda Fultonville school district went undetected for years.

Again, over missing paperwork.

My concern after watching the video was not for the homeschooling family which neglected to file their paperwork, nor for the school district which appears to be attempting to work with the family to resolve the matter.  Instead, I wondered exactly what kind of world this reporter wants us to live in.

How much power are we willing to give the state to ensure the law is being followed by every citizen?  How much money are we willing to spend for the necessary staffing?  How much intrusion into our daily lives are we willing to accept?  Just so that no family in New York State slides under the radar and homeschools without filing the proper forms?

It is not the state’s job to go door to door, interviewing citizens, looking for people violating laws, statutes or codes.  How many Americans are currently driving without a license?  Some are violating court orders, some have sneaked out with their parent’s car and others have simply allowed their license to expire.  But we don’t send police officers door to door checking licenses.  They don’t make random stops to check for licenses.  Unless there is some reason, some probable cause, for an officer to check your driver’s license, you can possibly go on driving for years on an expired license.

How can that be allowed to happen?  Who should be held accountable?  What about all these drivers falling through the cracks?

These things are “allowed” to happen because we do not live in tyranny.  We do not have to check our every move with the proper authorities, and the authorities do not have the power to search our property without some cause.

Hat Tip: Homeschool Buzz

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So much drama over some missing paperwork. How ridiculous!
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Maybe the paper is really struggling and just trying to manufacture a bit of outrage?
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CircleReader (Andrew Wetzel)

Reporter freaked out by fact that “These things are allowed to happen b/c we do not live in tyranny” #homeschool

homeschool (Ellen C)

RT@CircleReader: Reporter freaked out by fact that “These things R allowed 2 happen b/c we dnt live in tyranny”

Sandra Foyt
I live in a neighboring county, and I’m always late with paperwork, so I was very alarmed when I heard about this case. As you can imagine, there’s been quite a lot of discussion on the local Yahoo Groups, but there is one comment from a long-time, highly respected home school parent that I thought was especially salient: “I wouldn’t get too worked up over the use of the terms “register” and “approve curriculum” in these articles. I think it’s just a result of the fact that the articles were written by reporters who don’t know what they’re writing about.… Read more »
Yeah, but that banging things out in a hurry bothers me because it continually reinforces certain ideas that in the long run are damaging to homeschool freedoms. It also leads me to be increasingly skeptical of everything I read in the newspaper, which is a shame. I was glad the Superintendent answered the reporter, clarifying that there was indeed education going on. I wondered at their reasoning a little, but it isn’t really that important. They resolved the issues as quickly as possible as soon as there was a problem. .-= Dana´s last blog ..Homeschooled kids: Did they fall through… Read more »

Ah, God bless Idaho, where you don’t have to file paperwork or even notify the state that you are fulfilling your God-given responsibility tio care for and nurture your own children.

P.S.- Don’t say that too loud though or we’ll have people from the NEA, etc. banging on all our doors.


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I live in MA and just saw this article – very late in the day, but wanted to add my two cents about my experience with our town. When enterin my son in kindergarten, they lost his paperwork , ( including our requets for an IEP and testing) no article came out about he fell through the cracks. When he was in 1st grade and they decided to ignore his medical diagnosis (and in fact told me that the team of doctors who diagnosed him must be wrong) no article came out to cry out how he was falling through… Read more »