Thursday, September 16, 2010

CT Homeschool Mother Takes Children To Hayes Trial

The Hayes trial, of course is the prosecution of Steven Hayes for his (alleged) part in the brutal murder of Dr. William Petit's wife and children in Cheshire in 2007.

It is most interesting to me that the media has fixated on this homeschool parent as a story.

I have known many homeschoolers who have taken their kids to courtrooms, participated in mock trial, and have openly discussed many aspects of real life with their young kids.

In the same breath, critics of homeschooling are apt to say that homeschoolers are shielded from the real world.. now with this media piece they are saying that they are harshly presented with the real world. So which is it?

(Other video here)

Bravo to this homeschool mom who has taken her kids to a courtroom, that is open to the public, for a very important civics lesson.

Horrific crime?
Of course.

But it's not like she hasn't prepared them for it.
She obviously has.

Judging by her child's response to reporters, it looks like they are prepared to go into a courtroom. It is unlikely they will see the entire trial, but it is apparent that they have been doing a lot of talking about this case beforehand. Seven year old Shreyoshi Ghoshray wants to be a lawyer someday. I'd say she has an excellent start.

This is precisely why homeschoolers out perform their peers.
They aren't dumbed down and treated like they cannot handle life.
They are taught meaningful lessons about life and society by people who really know them the best. Rest assured homeschool parents know what their kids can and cannot deal with.

What did most seven year olds do today in government school?
Probably learned about sex and drugs and how to use swear words, or how to parrot back whatever the teacher tells them.

Now, can the media go away and report on some real news?