School Choice: Homeschool, Public or Private

This fall I’m excited to be homeschooling my two preschoolers. A few months ago I met with some homeschooling parents from my church and decided to dive in myself.

Several years ago I had considered homeschooling our oldest when we moved from Oklahoma, but shortly after we closed on our new house I discovered I was pregnant. With the move, and some of the stress we experienced with the purchase of the house and a 9-month already in tow, the added pregnancy was the straw that broke this camel’s back. So we sent him to public school.

When the time came for him to go to middle school, we preferred to send him to a private school (particularly a Christian school). After some poking around we settled on a small Christian school not too far from here. This past year my daughter demonstrated a strong desire to go to school herself and my heart sank at the thought of her “leaving” me and the additional cost for another private tuition. Sorry folks, but I can’t bring myself to send her to Central Elementary.

So, I started toying with the idea of homeschooling again. Our oldest claimed he wanted to be home-schooled as well, since many of his friends at church were, but I wasn’t too sure about that. While I did consider it, I realized there was a better alternative for him at this point in his life, so we sought that opportunity. Thank God, the door opened and he’ll be attending an excellent Christian Academy starting next month.

Meanwhile, my daughter has been chomping at the bit to start school herself. So, we’ve been actively planning the start of our homeschooling year in just a few more weeks. I have a school room set aside for this purpose, and we’re having fun getting it ready. Also, I’ve found a Biblical Preschool Curriculum that I’ll be teaching them. I’m so excited about these opportunities and I look forward to the journey we are all embarking upon.

To read more about my homeschooling escapades, visit Homeschooler Mom. If you’re a homeschooling parent as well, I encourage you to sign up for my email updates over there and let’s stay in touch. It will be fun to bounce ideas back and forth and share our experiences with one another.

34 thoughts on “School Choice: Homeschool, Public or Private

  1. Carrie Wigal Post author

    Thanks, Tom. I’m finding more and more that the role of a parent is so vital in our children’s lives.

    The idea of allowing Hollywood, Washington DC and the Nightly News to grow them up nauseates me. Don’t get me wrong, there are many fine individuals who work in the arts, government and media but so many of them are working for someone else’s agenda. While many don’t realize what they’re doing to this country and our next generations, many do.

    I appreciate the folks who work tirelessly to promote positive, morally upright behavior. Keep up the good work. I’ll do my best to do the same.

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  2. david anderson

    Good choice. I believe most children are better off homeschooled for pre-school. They will have a lifetime away from you, if God gives you the opportunity to be their foundation of course you take it.

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  3. Tom James

    I had a conversation with a VA school employee and he said to me:

    “I assume you would seek the same lie detector and perhaps drug tests for all in your line of work?”
    During a discussion about pedophiles in the schools of Virginia.

    Very interesting point indeed!

    Yes as a matter of fact I would indeed encourage both, where I live, and work, and for all leaders, and those in positions of trust. In fact I have held positions where such testing has been mandatory and the employees were happier and trusted one another to a much higher degree. Americans are ok with lie detectors in two areas, money and security (law enforcement, military, etc.) If your work involves either of those it’s ok to be tested. But a school official is upset when I suggest he and his associates be tested??? Why? This person is also a county BOS (not Caroline). And he has also been involved in a lawsuit where the school hired a pedophile that molested children and he kept it quiet for several weeks.

    Aren’t our children our most precious and valuable resource? Don’t we care for and protect them over all other?

    Apparently not?????

    No huge outcry or demand for more rigid testing and qualification in our schools for those we entrust to “educate” our children. Those that spend 12 years shaping and forming the minds of our future. In fact as was pointed out in another comment we have a counselor down the hall in the schools encouraging abortions and dangerous birth control pills, over moral behavior. Why wouldn’t these same people be advocating for this testing if they truly had the best interest of the children at heart and not their own best interest.

    And with groups like the NEA looking out for them, I don’t expect to see any type of rigorous screening process, to hire only the best, and brightest to care for, educate, and protect our children.

    It’s the world we live in!

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  4. david anderson

    I am with the teacher on this one. What would you be asking? Did you molest a child today? They couldn’t be compelled to answer so what’s the point? If there is real suspicion of a crime the police can ask if the accused would volunteer to take a polygraph, already. Why would we want people trolling? I agree with MD law which forbids polygraphs for employment. We don’t need devises which give a false sense of security and subjective readings being given on a routine basis.

    These teachers should have a background check and do where I live. They should be treated like professionals and supported not emotionally stripped searched at random.

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  5. Tom James

    Mr. Anderson, do you have children?

    Do you think the CIA, Pentagon, Brinks, FBI, Secret Service, or numerous others should do polygraphs to protect Americans safety and valuables?

    Aren’t children more valuable than gold?

    We already see the background check is no good because of “Passing the Trash” and other corruption I’m sure we haven’t been made aware of. Why don’t we just put the candidates in a circle, stand in the middle blindfolded, turn ourselves around and point to the best candidate? That is essentially what we are doing……….

    “They couldn’t be compelled to answer so what’s the point? ”

    The point was compelling them to answer or not work around our children……………………I prefer to err on the safety side of protecting my children. The whole point is to discourage those that are afraid of the test, from working with, and having easy access to defenseless children. But the children and parents, don’t have strong lobbyist with the law makers, and the pedophiles and their enablers, do….

    “We don’t need devises which give a false sense of security and subjective readings being given on a routine basis.”

    Since we already have officials not reporting violations of the law and aiding and abedding pedophiles, we are already under a “false sense of security” and that is the whole point……..

    Homeschooling is a product of a broken society and system…..a given.

    So how would you propose to keep predators away from your child?

    Even a society like the Amish were not immune from having a deranged individual from our society harm their children, what chance do kids have in public school?

    Only those with something to hide are afraid of lie detectors and drug test. God is the lie detector and our sins will be accounted for in the end.

    Did you do everything you could to protect God’s children? My good and faithful servant?

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  6. Tom James

    “They should be treated like professionals and supported not emotionally stripped searched at random.”

    Poor babies, I wouldn’t want to do anything to an adult that works around children that might hurt their FEELINGS. After all it’s only children’s lives, minds, emotions, and mental health (our future as a country) at risk……………………………………no need to ask a few questions and pee in a cup or take a snip of hair. How degrading and traumatic…………………..

    And we wonder why there is a problem.

    As George Carlin has stated in is routine, It’s not the politicians that suck ( they are the best America can produce) it’s the people who suck!

    Politicians are born in America, go to American schools (except Obama) raised by American families, and elected by Americans, it’s certainly not their fault………………………..

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  7. Tom James

    No danger to our children in public schools and no reason to be more careful (SNAFU):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shooting

    http://www.vassp.org/GA%20FINAL%20REPORT %202005%20SESSION%20PDF.pdf

    SB 981 Noncustodial parent as emergency contact. Provides that, unless a
    court order has been issued to the contrary, the noncustodial parent of a
    student enrolled in a public school or day care center must be included, upon
    the request of such noncustodial parent, as an emergency contact for events
    occurring during school or day care activities.
    Note: The patron assured VASSP that passage of this bill only adds that the
    non-custodial be added to the list of emergency contacts and does not require
    the non-custodial parent to be contacted.

    Senator Jay O’Brien is the patron of the bill.

    http://www.jayobrien.org/

    CHAPTER 34
    An Act to amend and reenact § 22.1-4.3 of the Code of Virginia, relating to emergency contact information for public school pupils.
    [S 981]
    Approved March 20, 2005

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That § 22.1-4.3 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    § 22.1-4.3. Participation by and notification of noncustodial parent.

    Unless a court order has been issued to the contrary, the noncustodial parent of a student enrolled in a public school or day care center (i) shall not be denied the opportunity to participate in any of the student’s school or day care activities in which such participation is supported or encouraged by the policies of the school or day care center solely on the basis of such noncustodial status and (ii) shall be included, upon the request of such noncustodial parent, as an emergency contact for the student’s school or day care activities.

    For the purposes of this section, “school or day care activities” shall include, but shall not be limited to, lunch breaks, special in-school programs, parent-teacher conferences and meetings, and extracurricular activities. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the court order to the school or day care center.
    But the House Amendment was rejected on HOUSE FLOOR. It would have read:

    Provided further, that whenever a student enrolled in a public school or day care center is removed from school grounds, that every reasonable effort shall be made to contact the child’s custodial parent, non-custodial parent or legal guardian.

    Parents in Palmdale, California, recently learned a bitter lesson about losing control of their children’s education by placing them in public school. They filed suit against the public school system after their children were given a shocking “survey” containing questions of a sexual nature (e.g., asking children if they thought they were “touching their private parts too much”). In rebuffing the parents, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said, “….parents have no … right … to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students.” 427 F.3d 1197 (9th Cir. 2005).

    “What’s unconscionable is that they protected their own, and did not protect our children,” said Joe Samaha, whose daughter Reema was killed. (at VT)

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  8. david anderson

    Yes, I do have children and I am not paranoid. Children are rarely taken advantage of in any public setting. It would be a foolish waste of resources. The best way to protect children is to stop letting the predators out of prison again and again. That is where we should invest our resources.

    Should we start polygraphing parents and step parents next? How about Sunday School workers and Priests or pastors? Let’s just pull anyone who looks at a child at random. Why single out people who work in schools? Why not the guy working at McDonald’s play place?

    You would put people under suspicion who did nothing. You would let people go without suspicion who are guilty. We have spies operating with impunity because we depend on such foolish means. Can you point out one spy caught first by a polygraph? I can give you an entire list who got by it.

    I will not throw away anyone’s civil liberties even for the children. Next it will be for national security, then some other excuse. We will be left with nothing. I will not throw away the most precious thing we have even if doing so would save a couple of people. For heaven sakes, I signed up for the Army ready to put my life on the line for freedom, do you think I would give it away for free?

    I may sound a little harsh, I hope I don’t. I think you are a sincere thoughtful person based upon your various posts. The truth is that I am with you that we need to protect our children better. We let guilty people out of jail in months or a few years. Let’s get serious about protecting our children from those we know harm them then we can debate ways to find those we don’t know.

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  9. Tom James

    “Not paranoid.” Are you insinuating I am? Google pedophiles in schools if you think I am. Again read the article on “Passing the Trash” and explain to me how and why this is OK?

    Military.

    I was in the Air Force. So?

    You sound as though you are not up to date on current cases in Virginia, with Police and Schools, Priest, etc. Yes I think they all need polygraphs and drug testing. What are you giving up if you have nothing to hide.

    There are many jobs that do not involve minor children.

    The sheriff’s dept in my county has instituted a polygraph policy after 2 deputies were caught with underage girls. It’s epidemic, do your research.

    Again nothing to hide nothing to fear. Guilty? Go away we don’t want you around……Maybe East Asia will satisfy your lust for children, but I don’t want you near mine and will do whatever it takes to keep you away. Don’t want to take a polygraph or drug test, don’t apply for a job around children.

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  10. david anderson

    Again nothing to hide nothing to fear. Guilty?– I disagree, it is the innocent who have the most to fear.

    Polygraphs are crap to put it bluntly. They don’t work 30% of the time. You would be substituting real evidence for fake. You would let people go who you wonder about merely because they didn’t get flagged on a polygraph.

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  11. david anderson

    Yes, you are paranoid or you like tyranny. I think it is the former. Nevertheless the result the is tyranny. Every tyrant says that if you aren’t. I hate the way we are going in this country. The Patriot Act, warrantless searches, drug tests, electronic tracking of funds are all turning us into a police state. I will stand against it as long as I have breath.

    You cannot stop every crime from happening, though we should take precautions to stop as many as we reasonably can. You can try all sorts of high tech tricks, but in the end they still get away with it and we end up losing freedom. The more resources we put in that nonsense, the less we put into what does work. Most children are harmed by repeat offenders and child pornographers. Focus your efforts on those two areas.

    I pushed for a Jessica’s law in my state because I was sick and tired of people serving 1 to 2 years for child rape getting out and doing it again, then going in for 2 to 3 years and getting out and doing it again. I say 25 years the first offense and death the second, but since Justice Kennedy doesn’t go with that I say life the second offense without parole.

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  12. Carrie Wigal Post author

    I agree with David here on the idea that we’re losing more and more of our freedoms under the guise of “protection” and it’s doing more damage than good.

    I certainly don’t want sexual predators working with our children, but forcing every person who comes into contact with a child to undergo a polygraph (that isn’t even 95% accurate) isn’t the answer. If the stat that it only works 70% of the time is true, then that’s 3 out of 10 “qualified” candidates brushed aside. Does that test go with them when they try to apply elsewhere? That’s not right. Suppose those 3 people need that job to put food on their table to provide for their own kids…they went through school and did what they had to in order to qualify as an educator and they get booted out over a polygraph or get their reputation marred because of a false reading. How is that “protecting” our children…when law-abiding citizens can’t provide for their own families because they can’t pass a polygraph.

    There is definitely evil in this world and seeing that evil prey on our children makes me angry. But we should not penalize the “good” because of the “bad”. We should find more effective ways to punish the “bad”, so they will not repeat the bad behavior.

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  13. david anderson

    As I said, I respect the honorable gentleman, but I disagree on this one issue. Here is why http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2843/is_1_27/ai_95501841

    The National Academy of Sciences said in this article that polygraphs are not accurate enough for security screening. I am going to quote.

    “The proposed wider use of polygraphs as a screening tool at the national labs became intensely controversial among many labs scientists. They criticized the idea as highly damaging to morale due to the large false-positive rates in polygraph exams, the lack of any serious scientific underpinning to polygraphy, and history showing that convicted spies had passed polygraph rests while they had been engaged in espionage. (See “Polygraphs and the National Labs: Dangerous Ruse Undermines National Security,” Commentary by Alan P. Zelicoff, SKEPTICAL INQUIRER, July/August 2001.)

    The NAS committee said polygraph testing rests on weak scientific underpinnings. And much of the available evidence for judging its validity lacks scientific rigor. “Almost a century of research in scientific psychology and physiology provides little basis for the expectation that a polygraph test could have extremely high accuracy,” says the report.

    Using these tests in pre-employment screening is even more complicated because examiners make inferences about individuals’ future behavior based on information about previous deeds, which may differ widely from the offenses authorities hope to prevent. The committee concluded that polygraph testing is less accurate for employee screening than for investigating specific incidents.”

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  14. david anderson

    Under the right conditions with a highly skilled examiner, a polygraph is said to be able to get up to 90% accuracy. Unfortunately, highly skilled people are rare and would not be available for wide spread testing so you drop back to normal accuracy of 70%. Second, these type of tests which do not relate to specific incidents are not shown to be much better than chance. You have no controls, a person could be angry for having taken the test, or nervous at being interogated or embarrassed by questions like the ones given in NC which caused its program to be dropped.

    Questions like those in an ACLU lawsuit in l987 which revealed that state employees in North Carolina were routinely asked to answer such questions as “When was the last time you unintentionally exposed yourself after drinking?” and “Who was the last child that got you sexy?” Isn’t that like the “have you stopped beating your wife” question?

    Call me old fashion, but I rather just jail the guilty instead of waste my time harrassing the innocent.

    Thanks Carrie, well said.

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  15. Tom James

    make a deal with you Mr. Anderson. You state something about freedom being deprived because your asked to tell the truth..

    “I will not throw away the most precious thing we have even if doing so would save a couple of people.”

    Let’s say we sacrifice your children in that couple of people you talk about and save mine from harm? Fair deal? My genes will survive to carry the torch of freedom and yours will disappear with the wind. Isn’t safety, and survival the name of the game? It’s like the old drivers ed saying a lot of people are “dead right” why we need to practice defensive driving. But not many do that these days either…….hmmm coincidence?

    What God given rights are you being deprived of? Don’t you think you will get redress if it comes up inaccurate? Honest people fight, the guilty slither away. The point is to put up obstacles/barriers that these warped individuals have to navigate and climb over in order to deter and make more difficult the ability to access our children. It’s called deterrence:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deterrence_theory

    “The term is also used more generally to refer to a strategy in any field of potential conflict of being prepared to inflict unacceptable damage on an aggressor, and making sure the potential aggressor is aware of the risk so that he refrains from aggression.”

    How are the current methods working??????????????? But you have the perception of some form of freedom???? At the victims expense. Wonder how they feel about there freedom and the adults responsible for protecting them?

    http://www.topix.com/county/giles-va/2008/08/narrows-teacher-accused-of-having-sex-with-student#c15

    http://carolinejustice.blogspot.com/2008/07/perks-of-being-in-club.html

    State Looks to Tighten Teacher Licensing System
    WSLS.com – Roanoke,VA,USA
    … according to Nelson County Circuit Court officials. Allee now lives in Madison County, according to the state police sex-offender registry. The Virginia …
    See all stories on this topic

    Keeping Offenders Out of the Classroom
    WSLS.com – Roanoke,VA,USA
    Before Bedford County schools had a chance to suspend Michael Allee in 2003, Nelson County schools had already hired him. He was suspended by Nelson County …
    See all stories on this topic

    http://www.rd.com/your-america-inspiring-people-and-stories/sexual-predators-being-allowed-to-teach/article31756.html

    Still, there’s no denying that the threat from molesters exists in every state. In West Virginia, for example, sexual abuse of students is the No. 1 reason teachers lost their licenses over the past five years — a whopping 35 percent of all licenses lost. And a Detroit News study found that, in the 15 months from January 2004 to April 2005, 22 present or former school employees were convicted of sexual misconduct involving minors or the mentally impaired. The vast majority were teachers, although a coach and a janitor were also among those convicted.

    Do I need to get a bigger stick or do we agree to disagree? :>) After all it’s just a couple people. Children, disabled, etc.

    Guess I’m still paranoid………………………………..

    It’s not paranoia if it’s true………………………………..

    And I am totally against tyranny

    But we are in a culture war along with a war of ideology or hadn’t you noticed that? We need guards at the gates until the enemy is subdued.

    You’re X military you can understand that can’t you?

    Or should we not have a separate set of rules for our military and let everyone come and go and know all our strategy and defense systems? I mean we’re talking freedom here. No secrets do what you want lalalalalalalalala Peace, love, LSD, expand your mind, make love not war, etc etc.

    I wonder why God has that ARMY of angels, I mean he gives us free will and all.

    Our culture, way of life, and country is under attack on many fronts around the world. Or am I paranoid on that one also?

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” –
    — Thomas Jefferson

    Sometimes you have to sacrifice to remain free! Many before us have and that’s why we have what we have.

    Or you can keep falling for this propaganda, that destroyed Rome. read your history

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  16. Tom James

    Integrity is one of several paths – it distinguishes itself from the others because it is the right path. . .
    and the only one upon which you will never get lost.

    M. H. McKee

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  17. Tom James

    Another case of freedom perverted at the detriment of safety and security. Why do felons around the world get to mine our court house data. That’s only for Americans…………….

    But we’re talking freedom right….. Who’s freedom was that?

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  18. Carrie Wigal Post author

    Tom you stated, “What God given rights are you being deprived of? Don’t you think you will get redress if it comes up inaccurate? Honest people fight, the guilty slither away.”

    The problem is honest people don’t always fight and they shouldn’t have to.

    Again, the issues of evil taking place in our society are deplorable and it should be addressed, but forcing every applicant looking to work within the vicinity of children to succumb to a lie detector test is not the way to go about it. At least, I don’t think so.

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  19. Tom James

    With all due respect, I am all ears for suggestions.

    I don’t have any magic fairy dust to sprinkle on everyone and turn them into moral people.

    Deterrence is the only thing I know. When many in the system especially at the top are corrupt, what choices do we have left outside of armed rebellion, home schooling, and polygraphs. Or we can just do what was done 400 years ago, try to find a better place to live. I don’t think there is much unclaimed real estate left though.

    Sorry if it’s hard and ugly news. but it is what it is, and sticking our heads in the sand is not going to fix anything. Or protect our children.

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  20. david anderson

    I respect your conviction on this issue. As I said, I read other work of yours and find it respectable and informative.

    Unfortunately, you have not respected my posts on this to address the heart of what I have said or documented. Your approach won’t work. It is mostly psychological. Scare the bad guys away. The science behind it doesn’t justify it. You make no allowances for opportunity costs. Classroom educators are underpaid for their level of education, but the benefits of the job even it out. If you start turning down significant numbers of honest, qualified people, then you degrade the education of the children. Poor education leads to crime and poverty. A lot more children will be victimized by a poor education than every would be saved.

    You will also hurt innocent people who need to make a living and would like to do it in the field of their choosing. The NAS shows that this type of screening has no justification of its efficacy.

    If it doesn’t work, why do it?

    You hurt innocent people, and make it less likely that some guilty person will get away by the fact they will be able to point to a lie detector test to deflect review of ambiguous looking actions.

    It may feel good, but it looks like lose, lose to me.

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  21. david anderson

    From Dr. Stephen Fienberg of the National Academy of Sciences
    (Remember this would be using the most highly trained and qualified practicioniares in the world, not some guy who couldn’t make it to the FBI or state police so he started his own part time business–1600 innocents out of every 10,000 disqualified and 20% of the guilty go through and with a less precise operation 80% of the guilty pass.)

    Basic scientific knowledge on physiological responses leads to the expectation that testing would have some diagnostic value, at least among naive examinees. However, the research base shows only limited correspondence between deception and the physiological responses monitored by the polygraph. In particular, responses typically viewed as an indication of deception can have other causes, so polygraph testing is intrinsically susceptible to producing errors. The technique’s accuracy also varies across situations and probably depends on the examiners’ expectations as well as on the reason people are being tested — whether, for example, they are criminal suspects or job applicants. Moreover, countermeasures may be effective.

    The difficult policy choice involved in security screening is illustrated in a table in the report’s executive summary. The table shows the results of a hypothetical polygraph screening program. The example assumes that a federal agency uses the test to screen 10,000 employees, that 10 of them are spies, and that none of the spies uses countermeasures. If the test were set sensitively enough to detect 80 percent of spies, it would misclassify and pass two spies. About 1,600 people, virtually all of them innocent, would have failed. And the agency would have to weed out the eight spies from this large group. If the agency set the test to reduce the number of innocent people who fail to about 40, the test would catch only two spies, and eight would go completely undetected. In the committee’s view, neither of these possibilities is acceptable. National security is too important to be left to such a blunt instrument.

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  22. Tom James

    So I guess your point is countermeasures would thwart the effectiveness of the test. What are those countermeasures and what is the access to them?

    I’m ADD and sometimes I miss stuff. help me out.

    What are your suggestions to solve the problem?

    And this is a scary and suspect statement for someone to make: :>)

    “I read other work of yours and find it respectable and informative.”

    Many including the Freelance Star in Fredericksburg, VA would beg to differ with you. I am banned from commenting on anything on their site, and my email address is blocked coming in and going out. All without cause or explanation. What are they afraid of. :>)

    (Some local prominent officials don’t like me, go figure….)

    I’ll throw this out again. Do you have locks on your doors? Why?

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  23. Tom James

    “Unfortunately, you have not respected my posts on this to address the heart of what I have said or documented.”

    Not sure how I did that, it was unintentional, at least I think it was. Not sure what you mean by respect? Agreeing with you?

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  24. david anderson

    No, not addressing the point. I keep giving you evidence that they don’t work to well. They are a load of crap. You would push aside thousands of good people that you need and still not get some of the guilty people. Yes, you can use initial stress, relaxation and redirection countermeasures, but those stats are with naive people who won’t know them.

    I have locks on my door. I don’t go outside and start asking anyone walking down the sidewalk if they are thieves. I also have a security system. It would catch people who try to do something improper. It doesn’t try to read the minds of my neighbors.

    There are a lot of similar counter measures we can take with our children. The first is to make them comfortable with telling us when someone makes them uncomfortable. Teach them to not be in people’s homes with out your knowing their whereabouts. The problem is not going to happen in the classroom or bathroom at school.

    The schools have measures they can take as well. The school that I am on the board of has cameras in every room but the bathrooms and office as well as the buses and playground. You set standards of behavior, and you do background checks on all of your staff and volunteers.

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  25. Tom James

    “I have locks on my door.” Excellent!

    You don’t trust people either. Are you Paranoid? Probably not, just wise and prudent and concerned for your families safety and security. Because you KNOW bad people are out there.

    “The school that I am on the board of”

    So you have a bias. Thank you for bringing that out in the open.

    “The school that I am on the board of has cameras in every room but the bathrooms and office as well as the buses and playground.”

    Talk about invasion of privacy and abridging someones freedom! What’s the difference?

    “You set standards of behavior, and you do background checks on all of your staff and volunteers.”

    Like I said before how’s that working? Background Checks are a waste of time with the deals being cut with pedophiles by School Admins (like yourself) across the country with the current policy of “Passing the Trash.”

    So now we’re back to what do we need to do different? What will work? What are we not doing? Who do we trust with our children when it is apparent parents are lied to at least by omission of the facts and there is continual cover up of facts and events at schools.

    Like you already said as a policy maker, you are willing to sacrifice “a couple people.”

    My point!

    We use the deterrence tools we currently have available until better tools are invented or become available.

    I am not willing to compromise my child’s safety to protect a bureaucrat.

    But that is exactly where we are.

    Vouchers, Home Schooling, Polygraphs all threats to the current power elite, and their source of Tax Payer Funding.

    Safety is not the priority, MONEY/GOLD is. I think that has been my point all along…………………………………….

    Gold has a higher value and deserves better protection than our children in the current society and government.

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  26. Tom James

    School Admin has this group lobbying for them.

    http://www.vassp.org/

    Teachers have a huge voice with the NEA.

    Citizens have this group:

    http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/VA/default.asp

    Along with the power of there vote. But they need to get organized and informed but most of MSM works with the government to keep information from the citizens.

    That’s why blogging has become popular. And why politicians and bureaucrats what to censor blogs. Because the people aren’t capable of looking critically at the facts and using the minds and common sense to come up with the right answers. Only the power elite can do that for us.

    And now we have made the full circle in my argument to protect children.

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