Letter to the Editor

Don't pretend

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Dear Editor,

"There have been many other home school success stories in McCook, and the right to teach at home needs to be preserved. But, at the same time, there must be rules to prevent the rare, but tragic, cases of home school neglect" -- Gazette editorial, Tuesday.

I guess this would work sort of like how the rules work to protect the children in public school from abuse by both their teachers and their parents. Google "teacher charged" for some good examples.

I think that when I see the rules in place in public schools preventing these problems, I will have more faith that homeschoolers should serve themselves up for government regulation.

Child abusers should be prosecuted, no doubt about that. But let's not pretend that abusers will be prevented from abusing kids by instituting more regulation of homeschoolers.

**Jen Faulcon

via e-mail

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