WNPR Radio-Homeschooling in CT

Both The Thinking Mother and Consent of the Governed have written about this piece, but I wanted to address some different aspects of the program. For those of you who can’t listen on your computers, “The Thinking Mother” has a link where you can read the transcript of the show.

The Hegelian Dialectic was put to good use in this program by Mr. Murphy. He did say that filing the NOI was not a law, but then went on and on about how it is the parents duty to file it anyway, so the superintendent and community know where the student is being educated, and can keep an eye out for abuse. That whole “it takes a village to raise a child” mentality. As was pointed out, there are already laws to deal with abuse, and there are students of abuse that go through school and are not detected, so that argument is a wash.

Then he says that homeschooling is eroding in the state and that less people are doing it overall. If that’s true, then why does it matter who is filing NOIS and who is not? If there are so few homeschoolers in the state to begin with, why is the DOE so concerned with them? Shouldn’t they be putting all their focus on the students they do have in their schools?

A woman who owns a music store said she had lots of interaction with homeschoolers and although she said she was impressed over all, there were somethings that concerned her-that they weren’t necessarily up to speed with their peers (whatever that means) and that she encountered some 10 year olds who couldn’t read, and others who were missing math skills.

Since Mr. Murphy has already told us that homeschooling is eroding in the state, she still is seeing a very small amount of students. Secondly, does this mean that in all her years of running the music store, she has never come across public schooled 10 year olds that can’t read, and has never encountered public schooled students with poor math skills? According to test results across the country, that is untrue. Otherwise why do we hear the laments every year of how test scores continue their downward spiral?

This is what group-think does: as long as folks follow the way the State think is best, everything is fine. But folks that want to do things differently, or question why things are the way they are, are marginalized, put on the defensive, or given the classic line:

“You are the only one who has questioned/complained about this. No one else has a problem.”

Even if they have had hundreds of questions or complaints about the issue, you will still be told that you are the only one with a problem with it. In other words, do you really want to be branded as a troublemaker, make our jobs more difficult, why can’t you just be quiet and go along? Thus they manipulate folks into going along with their way of doing things. People are starting to wise up to the manipulation and control tactics. May these numbers increase on a daily basis.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judy Aron
    Jul 24, 2007 @ 00:44:30

    Great post and great observations..

    When people remove their children from school they submit a letter of withdrawal.. that should serve as enough notice that a person is homeschooling.. and an NOI is therefore not needed. But quite frankly the schools have been ignoring those as well and report parents for truancy when the kid doesn’t show up to school!

    Secondly .. an NOI doesn’t guarantee anything. The SDOE acts like it does.
    But in reality the only reason they want the NOI is to control people.

    Case in point.. it is a voluntary suggested procedure to file one.. yet they report you to DCF if you don’t – they are trying to make it mandatory, but what they are really gunning for is a court case to establish case law.

    Bottomline – Murphy was less than truthful in that interview.. he was untruthful about homeschool statistics to marginalize this issue and he absolutely misled people about the issue of filing.


  2. abrianna
    Jul 24, 2007 @ 08:14:36

    Thank you for stopping by Judy. Of course they want to discourage this and make it seem like it homeschooling is disappearing. That way they get the outcome they want-control and eventually outlawing homeschooling, or “allowing” homeschooling as long as you use the same curriculum the State already does in their schools.

    Very dangerous, and if they can get more control through case law, that is the beginning of the end of homeschooling freedom.


  3. ChristineMM
    Jul 27, 2007 @ 21:48:33

    Great post Abrianna! I liked your viewpoints.

    A main issue I had which I believe I wrote about on my blog is that in fact the reality is that some current homeschoolers who did file the NOI are being investigated by DCF. The DOE is not telling the complete truth and that really bothers me, to listen to direct misleading of the public on that NPR radio show.

    I am so happy to be bucking the system at this point. Thanks for reminding me that to question things and to dare to do something against the ‘group think’ mentality is a good thing.


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