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    Filed at 9:01 am under by dcobranchi

    Check out this quote from Laura Derrick about homeschooling in Wisconsin:

    “I would say that Wisconsin is on the low regulation end of the scale,” said Laura Derrick, president of the National Home Education Network.

    Implying that the regulations are too low. No way Laura meant that. That’s the reporter’s bias coming through. More evidence (as if we needed any) that you need to be very careful about what you say when you’re speaking to reporters about homeschooling.

    UPDATE: I missed a great quote.

    Pam Rewey, director of legislative services for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, said she tried in 1991 to find legislators who would back a law making students ineligible for home schooling if they had a pending truancy case. WASB considered it a modest attempt at oversight, but the idea died for lack of even one sponsor. < "You can go all over the Capitol and every legislator will say, 'Don't bring me anything on home schooling because these people are very protective of their rights.'" Rewey said.

    Hell, yeah!

    5 Responses to “NICE SPIN”


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    March 28th, 2004
    at 11:42 am

    Love that news flash headline on that piece. And did you notice that it conflates the Faheem Williams case in Newark (not HS-related) with the Collingswood case? Not just anyone can read clips so carelessly — it took two reporters to screw that up.


    Comment by
    Michelle
    March 28th, 2004
    at 1:11 pm

    Can you imagine if you replaced the word “homeschooling” with “parenting” in that article to make it suggest that the state should review and approve parents to feed, shelter, and clothe their own children? The only possible way to ensure that all parents are providing their children with the best possible (as defined by the state) care is to subject all parents to state supervision and oversight — what a horrifying thought.


    Comment by
    Amy
    March 28th, 2004
    at 9:08 pm

    If you think the online article has an absurd headline, the paper copy was even worse. It was the lead story on the front page of today’s (Sunday) paper. It read “Home schooling as non-schooling” with a smaller heading that read “There’s little state regulation, and sometimes there’s no teaching going on.” How’s that for unbiased and fair?


    Comment by
    Laura Derrick
    March 29th, 2004
    at 2:00 am

    You’re absolutely correct that I would never have meant that, Daryl. In fact, those weren’t even my words. Lisa Schuetz was very clear about her opinions on this issue right from the start. She believes homeschooling should be regulated, and that regulation would prevent such things as abuse and truancy. When I disagreed with her, she argued with me for a full hour, finally becoming frustrated and nearly irate, and telling me I was “missing the point.” She implied that homeschoolers like me that argue against regulation are responsible for these kinds of tragedies. She also made a number of absurdly incorrect assertions, such as that school personnel make the most reports of abuse. (CPS in WI reported in 2000-2001 that school personnel made only 15% of the total reports.) In any case, the article appears to have disappeared from their website.


    Comment by
    Tim Haas
    March 29th, 2004
    at 9:46 am

    You’ve done a great service relating your experience here, Laura. On the New Jersey lists, in light of the legislation we’re facing, homeschoolers are routinely comparing their impressions of interviews with the finished product. It’s a great training tool not only for learning how to conduct oneself in future interviews, but also for detecting inaccuracy and bias on every topic the media covers.

    Maybe NHEN can add a topic to the policy and media folder that would let interviewees post counterfactuals?