The debate over whether homeschooling is or isn’t a beneficial method of schooling certainly rages on. I think most of us can agree that both sides of the debate certainly have merit. But one of the most important things we can all have, as parents, is parental choice. And the following news story is an example of where that choice “might” have been compromised. Like most polarizing stories, there are typically two sides to each story.
A mom in Buffalo, New York claims that her children were failing the public school system, according to wkbw.com. So the mom, Kiarre Harris, says she went through the process of filing for homeschooling permits (I assume you can call them permits). Essentially, you inform the district of your intent to homeschool your children.
“I spoke directly to the homeschool coordinator and she told me from this point on my children were officially un-enrolled from school.”
But Harris claims that a week later, CPS showed up and began grilling her over why the kids were “no longer in school.”
“I told them that my kids were homeschooled now and that I could furnish the documents if they need to see them.”
A month later, CPS and police showed up with a court order and removed her kids from the home. The mom refused so they arrested her for obstruction. The school district refuses to comment on the circumstances but made an off-the-cuff remark that homeschool applications are invalid if the parent doesn’t have full custody over their children. And that’s the “other side” of this that we simply don’t know.
But let’s really look at this from the broader perspective, even if the mom does have partial custody, it would seem like she followed all the steps with the District and wasn’t attempting to harm her children. Why take them away over a mistake in paperwork? We don’t even know a mistake was made, this could be that the District was simply bitter that she pulled the children. Maybe the relationship between this mother and the District was rocky. I really have no idea. But I can say, when CPS and police remove children, they do harm to the children. And if we are putting children first, what sense does that make?
I don’t think I could homeschool my children. I admit I don’t have what it takes. Homeschooling is extraordinarily time-consuming. Additionally, I have to think holding down a job would be nearly impossible. But I also believe parents should have that choice. I also think CPS needs to slow their roll when it comes to removing children from homes over what MIGHT be some tedious application error.
The only other possibility is that the other parent decided to make waves, or simply doesn’t agree with the decision. But even under those circumstances, CPS needs to find new methods in terms of ultimate resolution. If the kids are subject to a bad divorce, the last thing they need is to be hauled away by police. If more of us parents need to work together and be on the same team, I recommend that CPS get on our team as well.
None of this makes any sense…