It has been said that home schooling is a bit suspicious because it is possible for people to keep their kids home to abuse them. This is probably very very rare, but yes, it is possible and there are examples of it. however, home schoolers often (at least the most vocal amongst them) insist this is impossible and that it is merely a ploy to … ah, do to something, I’m not quite sure what.
As these arguments waft and weft across the intertubes, there is a very common kind of pseudo-logic that we hear. This is what is looks like:
“Home schooling is not bad because public schools are bad. So there.”
How could anyone make this argument? Does that really happen? Of course it does, and here’s an example:
For everyone who claims that all home schooling families are crazy fundies who lock their kids in the basement and are secretly abusing them and using home school as a way to cover it up, I present you with exhibit A:
The school board of a small central Ohio community voted unanimously Friday to fire a teacher accused of preaching his Christian beliefs despite staff complaints and using a device to burn the image of a cross on students’ arms.
This is clearly an example of pointing out a bad thing in the public schools as explicit evidence against bad things happening in home schools.
This reminds me of my neighbors when I was growing up. Two girls, younger than me, sisters, too close in birth spacing to each other, and always fighting. This is the kind of pouty post-toddler logic I heard from them all the time as they accused the world of being unfair because somebody (usually the sister) got something that the pout-er did not. And so on.
This is also an example of something else. The truth is that when events like this … branding a cross into the arm of a child as happened in this case … occur in a home school setting, we probably won’t know about it. But when it happens i a public school setting, we do. Usually, right away. I think in this case the teachers’ abuses may have gone on an inordinately long time (which is why this is a bigger news story than it otherwise might have been) and it needs to be investigated thoroughly. The point is, it WILL be investigated. Not ignored. Hidden away.
So, th is is an example of a home school supporter making an argument in favor of home schooling that is based on apparent facts that should actually lead to an argument opposed to home schooling.