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  •  So you would have thousands (0+ / 0-)

    of hsers forced to take an unnecessary (and who is going to pay? generous of you to provide a ride to the exam, though) standardized test so the proctor can give his opinion about whether or not some of them look abused? Is this person going to be trained to spot a kid who is abused versus one who is disheveled? Abused or shy? Abused or skateboarder (bruises)? Is that even possible in such a brief encounter?

    And when CPS (DCF here) comes after my ass for having a child who wore a rumpled shirt and did not make appropriate, according to the proctor, eye contact -- how will that go?    

    Do you think CPS/DCF departments across the country have extra resources to spend following up on these leads? Or are you contemplating an increase in funding to cover the dozens (hundreds?) of extra and unfounded investigations these already overworked and underfunded saints have to do?

    And do you think that if I am a child abuser (or child abductor as mentioned below) that I am going to comply with this program?

    And do you think that hsers in general will comply, none of us being able to suggest that this new system would be an unwarranted and warrantless search of our child, an unconstitutional and unjustified intrusion into our privacy?

    Do you have any idea what you are talking about or how hsing works?

    •  flail flail flail. (0+ / 0-)

      It could be done.  You just don't WANT it to.

    •  Yes, I do know what I'm talking about (1+ / 0-)
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      and how homeschooling works (in areas I'm familiar with) and NO it's not an invasion of privacy to make some kind of measurement to gauge whether or not kids who are outside the traditional school system are actually GETTING an education.  Because while most do - some don't.

      I AM autistic, so yes, I'm taking "poor eye contact" into consideration among other things.  You don't get a free pass to do whatever you like - you are charged with and accepting the responsibility of providing education.   Anyone who refuses to do so is actually raising a flag right there that something is wrong.

      There can be checks on that without massive expense or being considered burdensome on your freedom to be a recluse control freak if that's your thing.  Because your kid may grow up and want to be part of the real world - and that's bloody hard without a freaking education.

      •  I do, in fact, get a free pass (0+ / 0-)

        from having to comply with whatever anyone else can dream up.

        Your comfort with all of this is not the important thing.

        •  not if it becomes law you don't. (0+ / 0-)

          You might NOW - but it may not be forever.  Because people are concerned about homeschool kids actually getting educations.

          •  As concerned as any of us are about all (0+ / 0-)

            children getting good educations.

            But your concern does not easily translate into legislation to take away each family's flexibility and choice.

            Thanks goodness.

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