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Wow. Thank you so much for posting this. The truant officer wants to HUNT down the homeschoolers and if you don't let him in when he shows up on your doorstep he is going to equate that to you not doing your job.

 

I know. I had heard about gov. officials that thought or acted that way but never realized they had no shame in publicly voicing it. BTW, he is the director of the truancy division I believe.

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Why the HECK does he need to check on kids that aren't reported or in trouble? This guy scares the tee total crud out of me!

 

And Mr - I do a good job and I would not let you in because you do not have the right to invade my home. It's in the Constitution - I am to be free of unreasonable searches and you, sir, would be conducting one. You freely admit you would consistently violate the rights of people simply for registering?

 

Probable cause? This guy doesn't even need to be a truant officer. He's scary.

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The truant officer's "logic" is completely backwards. He wants to find the families who have no complaints filed, no abuses, nothing negative and go in to offer his "help"? I'd think he'd have enough to do with the amount of kids ditching ps to keep him busy. The guy is a total moron and wants nothing more than to exert his own control over other people.

 

And his comment about those who are doing fine want him there, want to show him? HA! This proves he knows very few, if any, homeschooling families. We're doing fine, Mr. Truant Officer and no, we don't want you in our homes. You're disrupting our school day.

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What do you think of this? What do you think of the truant officer? Yikes.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZqBrLZh6RE

 

So the truant officer, who's job is generally construed to constued to include identification and follow up of truants, thinks that registration grants him the authority and professional obligation to go to homeschoolers and offer his help. And to presumably make some determination on whether their homeschooling is adequate or not. Uh, no thanks.

 

Rather than limiting his attentions to those who have had some kind of complaint made against them (loitering, criminal activity, notification to CPS) he thinks that he should be allowed into every homeschooler's home to make this assessment. Further, he thinks that their reluctance to invite him in indicates that they aren't doing a good job.

 

He is off his rocker. A truant officer has no reason to be in my home, questioning me or my children, based only on the fact that we are homeschoolers. I do in fact do a great job homeschooling and it has nothing to do with the "help" of some truant officer. I would be tempted to instruct my kids to practice their German foreign language studies on the nice man so that he could help them with their vocabulary or inflection. Or maybe he'd like to answer some of their questions about the effect of the plague on the rise of industrialism after the middle ages. Or perhaps he'd like to discuss the similarities between Japanese imperialism in the 1930s and the rise of a militarily, politically and fiancially muscular China in the contemporary era. All of these have been topics of conversation in our homeschool recently. I fail to see how this truant officer is competent to provide assistance and insight on them (and that doesn't even begin to discuss topics like robotics, geology, algebra or local nature study).

 

A truant officer is competent to discuss attendance. My kids are present in their learning environment every single day. Done. You may proceed on duties assigned.

 

Whenever something like this comes up, I have to wonder when it was that the public school truancy problem was solved in the state or local area that the officials and politicians have time and money to burn on something that isn't really their issue anymore.

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A truant officer is competent to discuss attendance. My kids are present in their learning environment every single day. Done. You may proceed on duties assigned.

 

Whenever something like this comes up, I have to wonder when it was that the public school truancy problem was solved in the state or local area that the officials and politicians have time and money to burn on something that isn't really their issue anymore.

 

:iagree: I don't think he knows what a truancy officer does. They handle attendance issue period.

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The truant officer's "logic" is completely backwards. He wants to find the families who have no complaints filed, no abuses, nothing negative and go in to offer his "help"? I'd think he'd have enough to do with the amount of kids ditching ps to keep him busy. The guy is a total moron and wants nothing more than to exert his own control over other people.

 

And his comment about those who are doing fine want him there, want to show him? HA! This proves he knows very few, if any, homeschooling families. We're doing fine, Mr. Truant Officer and no, we don't want you in our homes. You're disrupting our school day.

 

Were I an Illinois resident, I would start calling the truancy office for homework help.

 

Why is it, for example, that so many medieval non-fiction books label as trebuchets seige equipment that is clearly more like a catapult (lacking the falling counterweight of a trebuchet) and why does the manuscript illustration of the Battle of Crecy show crossbow use at such close range? Was this really the case during the battle, or is it just a matter of an illustrator who is trying to fit in the details of the rout on one scene? (Questions from my astute third grader from this morning's history reading.)

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Why the HECK does he need to check on kids that aren't reported or in trouble? This guy scares the tee total crud out of me!

 

And Mr - I do a good job and I would not let you in because you do not have the right to invade my home. It's in the Constitution - I am to be free of unreasonable searches and you, sir, would be conducting one. You freely admit you would consistently violate the rights of people simply for registering?

 

Probable cause? This guy doesn't even need to be a truant officer. He's scary.

 

Yep, and he's the director of the truancy division.

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He sure thinks mighty high of himself.

 

I know. I wonder if he realizes that he's made the homeschoolers more leery of any hs regulations in the future. The government wanted registration, but now that hsers know how they will use it - to visit them and check up on them, they are going to be even more watchful. :tongue_smilie:

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I heard that the bill looks like it has a good chance of being killed. Is it in part due to that guy's testimony? I mean, obviously, he was in favor, but surely some of the people who thought it was a good idea may have heard his interpretation of it and went, "Oooh, maybe we should rethink this..."

 

What's he's talking about is completely constitutionally unsupportable. When they were changing our hs laws a few years ago, the original draft had in it that they be allowed to inspect homeschoolers' homes without notice and supposedly even THEIR lawyers told them they had to take that out.

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