Thursday, 3 October 2013
Home education in America
I am always interested to read about home education in the USA, because a lot of the time it is so very different from the scene in this country. Possibly because there are so many more home educated children in America, compared with here, the death rate is considerably higher; to the extent that most months one reads of home educated children killed by their parents, often after hideous abuse. Here are a couple of examples in the last few weeks:
One of the things one notices about many of the American cases is that they have strong similarities. The two cases above are good instances. The first common theme is that the kids being killed are either black or from other ethnic minorities. The second is the number who are not the natural children of those who murder them, but are instead fostered or adopted. The final point which one sees very frequently is that the killers claim to be Christians. I’m sure that readers will soon turn up any number of such cases with these features if they look around a bit.
The reason that I am interested in this phenomenon is that although there are few deaths of this sort in the United Kingdom, we most of us know that where America leads in trends; this country tends to follow. As I said, very few cases of the abuse or murder of home educated children occur in the United Kingdom, but of those which do, there are some faint indications that ethnic minority children are more likely to be the victims than are white children. There aren’t of course enough cases to draw any conclusion yet, but that may well be because there are perhaps forty or fifty times as many home educated children in America as there are here. I would be interested to know what would happen if the numbers of home educated children in the United Kingdom rose substantially.