Let's say the story was about an investigation done by the Department of Public Instruction. Let's say they teamed up with the FBI to infiltrate the homeschooling community and find out what those people are really about and what their true agenda really is. They say they just want the freedom to choose the best education for their children and that they are law abiding citizens. Is that true?
Let's say the investigation goes on for several months and then, in light of the vast amount of evidence, they go public to expose what's really going on. Let's say they learned that, after questioning over 300 parents--casually over a cup of tea or in the library or at a play group or after a Sunday School class (because that's where those homeschoolers would be most comfortable and at ease talking to "their own kind") it was discovered that over 75% confess that they were not holding to the standards laid out by their state in the matter of education. They were not putting in the required hours, they were not covering any core subjects, and they were not concerned about preparing their kids for the future. They admit that, if tested, their kids would fall dismally below even the most base standards of academic acceptance levels.
Let's say they even coach their kids on how to avoid truant officers and how to make excuses for why they are at the mall or the skateboard park on a school day.
Let's say that some of these parents even keep their kids home to tend to the preschoolers as full time babysitters.
What would happen? What kind of investigation would go on?
Let's even say that the homeschoolers were all receiving educational vouchers in accordance with the public school per student costs (which would be anywhere from $3000 to $15000 per student depending on how you do the math). Now what would happen?
Even if the kids were happy with the situation. Even if they wanted to be home caring for their siblings or hanging out at the mall. Even if it was their choice. What would happen?
I'm pretty sure I know what would happen. At the very least homeschooling as we know it would end. And there would certainly be an immediate end to the outpouring of any government funds that were associated with it, not to mention lawsuits, arrests, and criminal investigations. Parental rights would be terminated. Right?
The fact is, in the real world this scenario hasn't happened, and there are no public dollars going out to fund the education of homeschooled children. (Investigations by the WI DPI have actually shown accelaration and high accountability in the education of homeschoolers, no story here.)
Nonetheless, this is based on a real story. The story is not about education and freedom of choice but it is about Planned Parenthood's so-called "freedom of choice".
A group called Life Dynamics really did run a private investigation on Planned Parenthood. Young women posing as 13 year olds called over 800 Planned Parenthood facilities to say that they were pregnant by a 22 year old boyfriend and wanted help.
What should have happened? The basis for the right answer:
In all 50 states, sexual activity with underage children is illegal. Also, every state mandates that if a healthcare worker has reason to suspect that an underage girl is being sexually abused, they are required by law to report that information to a designated law enforcement or child protective services agency. That agency is then responsible to investigate the possibility that the child may be the victim of sexual abuse or statutory rape.
What actually happened? In over 90% of the calls the "healthcare workers" at Planned Parenthood
made a conscious decision to conceal the sexual exploitation of children and protect the men who commit these crimes.
What is being done? Nothing. Who is being charged? No one. What investigations are taking place? None. How many of our tax dollars are pouring into this scam? Upwards of $1.5 Billion per year.
Don't know what to do? Neither do I. But I posted the story. I'm giving you the link. Read the story. If you have email you can pass it on. It's http://www.childpredators.com/ReadReport.cfm. If you have more experience and have better ideas leave a comment and I'll post it.
If it means more to you to be able to actually see what's going on, watch this: