What is educational neglect?

Educational neglect is often discussed by ed wonks in various forms.  Sometimes the parents are blamed because they don’t get the kid into the building.  Then there is the hand wringing by those who see the end results in dropout and graduation rates, along with increased college remediation classes. Or sadly, kids who do graduate, but can’t read or write. 

Sometimes homeschoolers get swished into that swampland by media and/or public school types.

I just posted this link below on Home Education Mag‘s News & Commentary concerning a Georgian school social worker’s job difficulties in the "homeschooling" name:

Field MuseumDark Side of Which?

Sue Mason laid out her assumed egregious examples of bad homeschooling with this:

I got a call from a parent who had a history of problems getting her children to school. She wanted to do her duty as a concerned citizen and report on a family new to her mobile home park. There was a single mom with two elementary aged children. The family had been there two weeks; the children had not been enrolled in school. Each day the two kids played outside, riding their bikes up and down the road.

I went there the next day and saw the children playing in a dirt pile near their trailer door. They told me their mom was still asleep but the little boy offered to get her. She appeared in a few minutes, I introduced myself and she invited me inside. I explained the reason for my visit. Mom told me she was doing home-school and didn’t know she needed to complete any forms. I noted that the children were seen outside all day, every day. She laughed, said she was "not a morning person" and that they did lessons at night. While she talked about her situation I noticed the refrigerator was covered with decorative magnets. Wow. I was at the first home-school night-school-magnet school. She did decide to enroll them in school when I told her that home-schooled children really needed some "schoolin’."

"Riding their bikes up and down the road" – If I could have a dollar for every time I’ve heard that phrase about homeschoolers, I’d have a maid cleaning up the mess I should be working on.  Let’s not forget that homeschoolers have been sighted riding bikes or shopping at the mall "all day".   Sue Mason:  "each day the two kids played outside….".  Gads!

I think homeschoolers are doing just fine.  Just like that word, socialization, there are the edu-talk references to education and there is a homeschooler type of education, that is also known as learning.  They can be done in both governmental buildings or via autonomous family education. It seems to be so much harder in the classrooms.

This No Child Left Inside legislation is an ironic and typically bureaucratic piece of the ridiculous education industry complex.  There’s a lot of Americans with a piece of that pie.  ~ 1 in 4 Americans are enrolled in educational institutions and educational services is the second largest industry, accounting for about 13.3 million jobs; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Rock CityThat’s not going to change when the federal and state governments look to expand governmental oversight from newborns on up. With my sarcastic hat on, I might add that certainly makes sense.  Please also read Spunky’s post on The (Depressed) Mothers Act.  What about homeschoolers?

I posted a Carnival theme this week revolving around the fed’s answer to school kids (some overweight), who are often denied playtime (recess) in the schools or have to look out the window at beautiful Spring days.  (Poor kids might be looking at some homeschoolers enjoying the day riding their bikes up and down the road.)

My homeschooling friends did not fail me.  This Carnival was filled with stories about getting out of the house and into life; whether it’s out in the parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, libraries, or our own backyard.

Homeschoolers aren’t beholden to the NCLI Act (if it passes), or its relationship to the No Child Left Behind Act and its focus on testing.  We get outside all by ourselves without being told to by the government.  We check our kids’ learning progress (and mental health) every day because we love ’em, nurture them and want the best for them.  The government doesn’t have that stake in their lives.

I’d like to send a message to those concerned legislators and anti-homeschooling types that we’re doing just fine.  You take care of your own backyard.  Our kids are playing and learning in ours.  Our big backyard also covers wherever we are heading any particular day.

Carnival of Homeschooling: No Child Left Inside


What is educational neglect? — 5 Comments

  1. goodness. we homeschool *so* our kids can play outside every day.

    NCLI cracks me up. it reminds me of the sunscreen-vitamin D debacle. we slap sunscreen on kids every time they go outside, so they don’t get any natural vitamin D, so now they need supplements. we put kids in organized, controlled, adult-run activities 24/7 so they don’t get to play outside, so now we must institute an organized, controlled, adult-run version of that.

    where’s a good satirist when you need one?

  2. It is crazy, isn’t it? Sort of like enriched bread, too. You’re really getting me going with this.

    No kidding about the satirist, Lori. I’m going to have to have my husband work on that. He usually throws little ditties out there that includes a billy goat. Sue Mason could probably write another column about that. 😉

  3. We had a similar incident here in state where a attendance director started telling “you homeschoolers” what we should be doing and not doing. She even threatened to change the law to her version. Geesh? Nothing came of it, she was on the wrong legal side. I think the problem happens when you have people that are emotional thinkers. You know the people that have some power and are going to use it to recreate the world in their newer and better light, disregarding common sense and advice. I wrote a little about Obama’s birth to 18 proposal (March 22) if you would like to stop over and read.

    God bless
    Heather L

  4. It does make me wonder how many attendance director’s, truant officers or such do write up new legislation.

    Also makes me wonder how much parents are listened to by legislators.

    Good point about emotional thinkers. I like it when logic abounds, or is at least expected.

  5. Lori – You reminded me of something I heard on the radio a couple of years ago. A doctor was talking about SIDS in infants. During the discussion she was clear that co-sleeping was a bad idea. She then went on to outline several ways to reduce the risk of SIDS for infants in cribs and every one of them was a substitute for what an infant would experience while co-sleeping.

    We don’t raise our kids to live anymore apparently, we raise them so they can manage a good imitation of living.

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