New Hampshire Lawmaker Equates Homeschooling to “Child Abuse”

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In 2012, the State of New Hampshire passed a measure that eased the state’s intervention into the operations of homeschooling families by reducing the number of filings parents would have to submit in order to get state approval for their efforts to educate their children.

This move, according to Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), reduced the amount of notices homeschooling parents would have to submit from 3 to just 1 and has produced no negative problems since becoming law.

Now, about five years after the 2012 measure was passed, state lawmakers are eyeing a plan to roll back the efforts to ease state intervention by requiring third-party oversight of homeschooling operations.

The attack on the 2012 measure was spearheaded by one lawmaker’s demonization of homeschooling as “child abuse” and claims that homeschool is failing some children.

WND reports:

Besides “child abuse,” homeschooling there also has been condemned with comments like, “Half the kids are failing to learn,” and “it’s a floodgate for dropouts,” HSLDA reported.

“Recent comments like these reveal antagonism toward homeschool among certain factions in the New Hampshire legislature, explaining why we appear headed toward a legislative battle over homeschool freedoms,” the group revealed Friday.

It said reports are that three lawmakers are preparing plans to “roll back improvements,” and discussion already has begun.

“Witnesses tell us that in an executive session on a controversial bill relating to banning ‘conversion therapy’ for children experiencing gender confusion, senior Democratic lawmaker Marjorie Porter categorically compared homeschooling to child abuse,” the HSLDA said.

According to sources present at the executive session in the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Health and Human Services on October 26, many people were shocked to hear the legislator’s comments, especially in that context.

“Others told HSLDA that Rep. William Marsh, a Republican member of the committee whose four oldest children graduated from the family’s homeschool and went on to top-tier colleges, and whose youngest is homeschooling through high school, told Rep. Porter that he considered her comments equating homeschooling with child abuse as a personal affront. He subsequently received a public apology from Rep. Porter, who is assistant minority floor leader in the House,” an HSLDA report said.

The push to interject third-party oversight into family education operations is being nudged by Rep. Robert Theberge, R-Berlin and Berlin School District Supt. Corinne Cascadden, who has, according to Democrat Edith Tucker, “very grave doubts about whether half of Berlin’s homeschooled students are getting educated.”

“She (Cascadden) believes that there are some 45 youngsters who are not enrolled in public or private or church schools, whose parents do not make any effort to educate them at all,” Representative Tucker told a local newspaper in an email. “Not only are these neglected youngsters not getting the education they deserve, but they are also missing out on free and reduced breakfast and lunches and other social services.”

Michelle Levell, director of the private nonprofit School Choice for New Hampshire, has shot back at Tucker by citing a lack of evidence on the part of Cascadden’s statement and says the new law “is a solution in search of a problem.”

Cascadden told a homeschooling parent that she, as superintendent, wants access to information required to determine a “child’s welfare,” reports WND.

The current homeschooling debacle playing out in New Hampshire sheds light on the nanny state mentality many people who enter public office carry with them. The 2012 rollbacks in state intervention only increased the amount of freedom parents have to educate their children in the manner they see fit. The reversal now being considered will force parents to follow state mandatory guidelines to satisfy the third-party wedge; therefore, affecting the way education is carried out.

This brings up the question of who has the right to determine the proper oversight of a child’s homeschool education. Is it the parents or the State?

Although those who push the nanny state line of only looking out for the child’s welfare seems like a loving effort on the surface, it is against the rights of the parents to be the sole decision maker for their child. Parents who wish to separate the State from their child’s education do so in order to implement what they believe is the most effective way to set their child on a path to success. Once the State steps in to maintain what the bureaucrats believe is the proper way to educate a child, there is a conflict of interests and a diminishing of basic rights at hand.

The nanny state mentality is what has led to the erosion of civil liberties in the United States over the past couple decades. The more we desire the State to intervene in our personal life, the less responsibility we carry for ourselves and the larger the burden of government grows.

Parents who wish to educate their children in the manner they see fit should be praised for their desire to impress the beliefs they hold dear and the knowledge they see as important on their child.

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  • Phil_Ossifer

    Translation: The Almighty State can do a much better job of abusing your kids than you can.

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      Exactly. Ya beat me to it!

      This is what I focused in on: “get state approval for their efforts to educate their children.”

      Talk about hiding it in plain sight!

      • A very good friend of mine has always called them public day prisons because the kids spend more time at them than they do at home.
        Just another reason to be glad I ran my ex- off before she could get pregnant.

        • Cynical Old Bastard

          Tell the truth, D3. You have no friends and this “Ex” to whom you refer is entirely imaginary.

          • I prefer to think of it as sparing innocent children from having to live in a totally hosed world like you seem oblivious to. I have a court order to prove to anyone who doubts it that I went through 4 years of courtship, living with, buying a house with, marrying, watching her cockroach infest the house, stopping her from doing the same thing to a mobile home, and not receiving any of the things she promised in our last conversations, most especially the no fault divorce she said she wanted before she hired the lawyer who was never paid by me. The best part of the divorce was that it was totally unenforceable and unenforced, because she was in Colorado and I was non-respondent in Texas.

          • Cynical Old Bastard

            Was this before or after you built the fortress of solitude and became emperor of the world?

            Divorces suck, Bro. No doubt about that. Females are definitely not the gentler sex. I feel your pain, brother.

            Mine murdered my dogs.

            Yours Latina too?

          • Nope, just as european as myself.

        • SP_88

          Lucky you!

      • SP_88

        I had my concerns about what the state’s response would be upon pulling our kids out of public school, mostly based on what I’ve read about it. But now that I’ve done it, I know what to expect.
        In the beginning, there was one issue, but since I’ve cleared that up, everything has been fine. In fact, I think they forgot about us. I’m ok with that.
        The reason I think we don’t have any problems is because when we pulled our kids out of school, we were also moving to another town. And the town we left didn’t think that moving to a different town was a good enough reason to report us to the state.
        If we weren’t moving, and our reason for pulling our kids out of school was so we could homeschool them, I think our situation would be much different. I think we would have had to deal with the state, and they would try to harass us.
        But it appears that the town we moved out of has forgotten about us, and since we never enrolled our children into any other school, we are essentially out of the system.
        The one issue we did have in the beginning was our oldest somehow ended up being enrolled in high school, but then we cancelled it. It took a bit of back and forth, but we were finally able to undo it. Our oldest has since turned 18, and there’s nothing they can do about it now. We haven’t had to deal with any of them in a couple of years.
        And our kids will be better off for it.

        • Cynical Old Bastard

          Strength, honor, integrity, and resolve, my friend.
          Have I told you lately how much I respect you?

    • I guess they’ll be raising my taxes for failing to have any for them to claim.

  • jimmy joe

    “Cascadden told a homeschooling parent that she, as superintendent, wants access to information required to determine a “child’s welfare,” Give anybody “power” over others, and you can rest assured, they will abuse it!! I’d give that bitch a knuckle sandwich!!

    • If you gave her a knuckle sandwich, CPS would take your children permanently, to protect them, and I’m not sure I wouldn’t agree with them if you have anger management problems that bad.

      • Phil_Ossifer

        If he’s stupid enough to let someone see him do it, he deserves what he gets.

      • jimmy joe

        I don’t bave kids,and don’t really give 2 shits who the fuck see’s me punching out some big govt FUCKi!! Also, you ever up-load that video directed at mr. weaver,and the waco survivors, letting them know there are no domestic terrorists in this country, particularly, that wear badges???

        • Your posts make a lot more sense when you don’t write them when you are riled up, as you obviously were when you wrote the instant one.

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      Um… I know you hate me and all that, but it’s probably not a good idea to go whacking people around.

      Do you kick puppies too?

      • I doubt that either of you would act as reprehensively in public as you do online.

        • Cynical Old Bastard

          Actually, what you see is what you get with me, Bubba Gump. You seem to forget that you first attacked me. Not the other way around. You also continue your harass me at every turn.

          But you do amuse me. I gotta give you that.

          • After the first blame card is played, the whole deck turns into them.

          • Cynical Old Bastard

            Yeah… I think I’m gonna block your ass now. You no longer amuse me.

          • The truth is a bitch, huh?

      • jimmy joe

        No, but I will go ahead and take the blame for that, pesky, ruby ridge/ waco thing?? You feel better now big guy??? Go on and tell your friends it was me, jimmy joe from daily sheeple, it was my fault!! I only ask that somehow, make sure there is an ounce of intelligence amongst them! Also, it was me on the grassy knoll in dallas, just so you know, you can go ahead and blame that whole, pesky jfk thing on good ole jimmy joe from the daily sheeple!!! I got news for all of you, I live in a fucking town with NO PIGS, get it, no pigs!! 40 fucking miles to the nearest pig, and ALL OF US HATE GOVT!! Do you know what that means?? It means I have a town of people that have my back, especially regarding big, corrupt govt!!! We are all armed, ALL OF US!! My door knob so much as twitches in the middle of the night and somebody getting shot in the face!!

        • Cynical Old Bastard

          Really? No pigs? Do you hate bacon or something? How about pork chops? I gotta tell ya, I do like me some good pork chops. Know this Rican gal that makes the best pork chops in the world. A little ol’ fat thing with a nasty attitude… but hoo-boy! Can she cook!

          Now, let’s discuss your fixation upon hitting women and shooting people in the face… what’s up with that?

          • jimmy joe

            What, you worship the govt too, eh? The worst kind of people are those that worship govts!!

          • Cynical Old Bastard

            I don’t know how you deduced all that from me asking you about pork chops and your penchant for hitting women and shooting people in the face, but I’ll play along.

            Yes. I worship government. More specifically, I worship Hillary Clinton. She is the very essence of feminine pulchritude and the apple of my eye.

            And my one true love has tasked me with keeping watch on you, Jimmy Joe (AKA Jewish Jeff. What? You think I didn’t know?). For that, I shall win my one true love’s affection.

            I told you I owned you, JJ. I told you you would come back to me, little girl. You ran and hid. You even blocked me. But you came back to daddy just like I said you would.

            I’m simply irresistible.

  • It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to call most television programming elder abuse.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      “Television is the first truly democratic culture — the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.” Clive Barnes

      • Now that television is totally digital, it will be absorbed into the Internet of things and become more democratic than its past owners could ever have imagined. The limited skills of those using smartphone cameras are the only thing preserving corporate television. In an economy driven by necessity, their skills will increase with practise and following. I suspect that the now digital television transmitters will switch over to broadband data as local television markets dissolve, leaving Internet video standards to carry on.

  • It is not Paranoia

    It’s funny how it almost looks like the state cares about your kids and wants them to have proper education. Dumb fuckers aren’t a problem. The problem are the ones who see through this whole education-indoctrination bullshit, which I believe is easier when homeschooled.

    The state just wants very specific “education” for your kids.

    Attacks on homeschooling prove this.

    • The only way that homeschooling will survive is to go underground the same way that religion did in past totalitarian states.

  • weewilliewacko

    Child Abuse; allowing a child to attend an institution of ‘education’ where due process, positive learning and understanding of educational subjects being taught are exempt, missing, or derided. The child will be subjected to peer, teacher and staff abuse and bullying in various forms.
    The child will be at risk of being harmed, injured, or even killed!
    Compare to Home Schooling, in a secure, non-harassing environment, with many resources of knowledge being made available without cost in school fees, tariffs, and ‘donations’.
    Sending a child to school in this day and age IS ABUSE!!!!

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      “The child will be subjected to peer, teacher and staff abuse and bullying in various forms.”

      Exactly.

      Example: Recently (end of summer past) my most favorite girl in the world was over digging potatoes and learning about chickens. I do not scream at children. I educate them… that’s why they come to me. I have only a few rules and they are inviolable. These are my laws. Obey them or go home.

      But this little girl is very special to me. Literally known her since she was born. Her Momma knows me from my old Fakebook and Alex Jones wars. This little is the one person in this area who is directly under my protection in the event of a collapse and I’m open about that. I love her. I tolerate others, but I love her. Love is in all caps and bold too. Though I generally disagree with killing except under limited circumstances I will fucking kill any who threaten this one in any manner. All caps love in action.

      This is what the little plague-factory asparagus and egg stealing bitch said to me. Just about knocked me on my uneducated Redneck ass.

      It was warm and in her inane, childish babbling, she stated, “I wish I could take my shirt off.”

      Thinking it was a technical problem (I can be pretty literal in phrasing and such) asked her why she couldn’t. Her exact response was “It’s not fair, Uncle! Boys can take their shirts off and girls can’t!”

      I have it recorded on video.

      She’s fucking eight-years-old and gets it better than so-called Constitutional scholars do!

      How does one even argue against that line of reasoning?

      You simply can’t. Not if you are a person who adheres to actual reasoning rather than playing the blame and shame game. Children do not speak lies. That is what adults do. Children are taught lies and taught how to speak lies. You don’t even realize you are doing it, either. Santa Claus. Easter Bunny. Tooth Fairy. The Boogey man. Columbus discovered America. Jesus loves me this I know.

      Fucking pick one! You’ve more than likely told it. I don’t even care why you did it, either. The fact is, you lied to a child while teaching a child it is wrong to lie.

      Please listen to us, people. Your children do not want to go to these places! They hate it! They are not idiots! This is abuse in the most heinous form and if you participate you are complicit! We’re not lying to you and I don’t give a flying-fuck what you say or how you try to spin it, you are abusing your children and have failed as parents. That’s the bottom line and it is incontrovertible.

      You have one fucking job to do and can’t even do that right. Then you want to bitch and moan about how da gubmint is screwing up your kids and you deserve more money. Fuck you!

      I own large hunting dogs and it my responsibility to properly restrain, teach, and socialize them. Not yours. If one of them gets out and does what it does best then that is MY FUCKING FAULT! Not the dog’s fault. Not the government’s fault. Not any lack of law’s fault! MINE!

      Don’t go blaming your own mistakes on anybody else! And for damned sure don’t come to me with emotional pleas. You fucking people did this… and now you wanna bitch about it? Cry for help and get some of old-schoolers up out of our couches and out on our walkers to fix your problems for you? A-fucking-gain? Seriously?

      Fuck you! We’re just gonna sit back and enjoy the show this time.

      Not you, Willie. You know that. This was an addendum to your comment. Letting them know how we stand. There’s much more where this came from. I am one pissed off redneck.

      How ya been, man? Ain’t seen ya in a while.