I had not seen this in the news until now.
In response to the Sandy Hook Massacre, The governor of Connecticut, Dannel P. Malloy created the Sandy Hook advisory council to determine what actions could be taken to reduce risk of further tragedy.
What recommendation did they come up with the decrease future school violence?
Requiring stricter homeschool oversight of mentally disabled students.
Under the proposal, home-schooled children with behavioral and emotional disabilities would have to have individualized education plans approved by the special education director of the local public school district. Allowing for the continued home-schooling of such children would be predicated on the individualized plans and “adequate progress” documented in mandatory annual reports.
Adam Lanza was twenty years old, homeschooled for only the last two years of highschool, and in the public education setting the entire rest of the time. Yet the solution to school shootings is monitoring disabled homeschooled kids and holding their parents to a different set of standards than current Connecticut homeschool law requires?
The reasons being because of “the risk in not addressing social and emotional learning needs of children who may have significant needs in that area who are home-schooled.”
That PRESSUMES two things
Homeschool parents of children with social and emotional disabilities are not as capable of determining the social and emotional needs of their children as the school system.
The school system had Adam Lanza for 16 years. His parents attempted to get him help, and it was apparent early on that his problems weren’t addressed. Saying that they can somehow do a better job in meeting student’s needs leaves me incredulous.
I WITHDREW my sons because of their social and emotional learning needs.
Our disabled children are potential powder kegs. It assumes there is some sort of heightened risk for violence because of their conditions when there is no data to validate that, or the previous assumption.
It is “the disabled are dangerous” trope that encourages stigma.
Never mind that the disabled are more likely to be victims of crimes than perpetrators, or that disabled children are more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers.
Many parents pull their children over concern for THEIR health and safety at the hands of typical children.
I hope that people of Connecticut don’t stand for this scapegoating.