Monday, October 31, 2005

Neo-Nazi Girl Singers Not Homeschooled

Some of you may have seen yet another example making the media rounds of Horrible Homeschooled kids, apparently making Reich's "ethical servility" point in spades. These girls are little white supremacist tykes (rapidly approaching the point where they're no longer victims of this vile ideology but responsible perpetrators), who have been reported, on their mother's say-so, as being homeschooled.

HE&OS blogger Daryl Cobranchi, however, homes in on key points in an interview with the mom to find that they aren't and weren't homeschooled. They're currently enrolled in public school; and at the time they were "homeschooled," they were actually enrolled in a charter school (which was a public school, last I looked) but the mother just refused to use the required state-issued curriculum and gave the girls her own white-supremacist oriented materials. And the state school decided (according to her) not to do anything about it.

Which should make a couple of points for us. First, there's nothing magical about public school that will prevent kids from being abused, physically, psychologically, or spiritually. Second, folks are amazingly quick to jump on claims that children are "homeschooled" in these scare stories, without further inquiry. It's still conventional wisdom, for instance, that Andrea Yates homeschooled the children that she murdered, though all of them were under mandatory school attendance age (first grade in Texas), and it was summer vacation when the crime took place anyway. The book written on the case a few years ago did mention that it was incorrect to say she homeschooled them; but the stick has just been too good for whacking homeschoolers with and shows up in seemingly every story on the case.


Blogger LYL said...

This is interesting! I'm a homeschooling mum myself and I was wondering if lots of people would use both these stories as sticks to beat us with!

While I haven't actually had anyone remark on these things to me (possibly because we're in Australia and haven't perhaps had as much coverage of these stories) I'm glad to know that the reports of the homeschooling connections were mistaken.

4:09 AM  
Blogger Chiaras-mommy said...

Lyl when I was pregnant with my 5th I told a lady at the grocery that I homeschooled. She gasped and said so did andrea yates. I mean how stupid.. Yes it is a stick to beat us with and they should beat us, how dare we buck the trends.

11:03 AM  
Blogger LYL said...

How shocking! I can't believe the stuff that comes out of people's mouths sometimes.


11:41 PM  

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