I’ll take “Really bad ideas the National Teachers Association will love” for $200, Alex.

Connecticut Targets Homeschoolers
In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, a state panel tries to restrict parental rights.

Established to investigate the causes and consequences of the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, the Sandy Hook commission issued an interim report last year that nodded appropriately to gun safety, school security, and emergency planning, but made no mention of homeschooling. Now the panel has determined that among the things that went wrong in the run-up to that tragedy was that the killer, Adam Lanza, was homeschooled briefly as a teenager. They are recommending that the state give local officials approval power over parents who wish to homeschool children with social, behavioral, and emotional challenges.

This autoritah-friendly conclusion was reached in spite of both a lack of pertinent data the report’s authors apparently decided wasn’t important after all…

Schwartz admitted that the commission didn’t have access to Lanza’s school files and medical records. But he maintained that those records would support the commission’s proposals

…and inconvenient facts that needed to be wished away.

while Lanza’s abnormal social and emotional development surely contributed to his crime, homeschooling neither exacerbated his mental illness nor obscured it from local education officials. Lanza attended traditional public schools up to the eighth grade. From the beginning, everyone knew he was different. As Andrew Solomon detailed earlier this year in The New Yorker, Lanza suffered from sensory issues and received speech and occupational therapy beginning in kindergarten. At every juncture of his early life, he was analyzed and agitated over by psychologists, counselors, behaviorists, and other state-credentialed educators. Yet Lanza’s troubles deepened, and his anti-social behavior grew worse.

And much, much more. Despite being irrelevant to preventing any more school massacres, the report’s recommendation seems pretty much inevitable given who was chosen to write it.

“We need a holistic approach that will follow children from birth to adulthood, identifying risk factors, reinforcing protective factors, and promoting positive development throughout,” said University of Connecticut law professor Susan R. Schmeiser, who helped draft the recommendation. Schools, she said, should serve as “a locus of this more integrated system of care” and should adopt “a comprehensive, integrated approach” that is not reactive, but proactive.

It takes a village huge government program to raise a child, you mouth-breathing civilians.

A Ministry-approved course of education.

A Ministry-approved course of education.

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3 Responses to I’ll take “Really bad ideas the National Teachers Association will love” for $200, Alex.

  1. Matt says:

    Any excuse to impinge freedom.

  2. While I do stipulate that it is hardly a liberty haven overall, I do suspect that coming after homeschoolers here in Alaska may well be a strategic equivalent of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It’s not that there aren’t plenty of public-school-pushers here–absolutely there are, along with even more apologists–but those that do stay outside the system tend to be both very committed and (usually) demonstrably able to take care of themselves. And wow, but there are a lot of us here: I have been told that at least 10% of the Kenai Peninsula’s public school student body is enrolled in the state-sponsored homeschool program (which is surprisingly un-State-like, both in detail and in practice). Presuming the figure is true–and coming from a public school insider as it did, I’ve no reason to doubt it–consider: that figure is just the kids who are, technically, in the public-school system: even more are home- and un-schooled entirely outside of that purview, defying an accurate count.

    Sometimes it helps me to remember that one consequence of the insatiable appetite that tyranny has, is that it so tends to broadcast its ultimate intention that it has the unintended consequence of uniting different kinds of people against it. It’s a guess, of course, as to whether or not the rate of blowback exceeds the rate of mass attrition, dependent on a lot of local factors, but both mechanisms absolutely are in play, a tidbit which Master often forgets.

    They want to make an example of coming for people’s kids, do they? At least here, and at least for the next couple of generations: good luck with that.

  3. Buck. says:

    I conclude that since his dipshit mother also drove him around in a Chevy Suburban that we should also ban Chevy Suburbans from being used to ferry retards around. It obviously made him aggressive.

To the stake with the heretic!