Homeschooling is legal in all states; attorneys can help.
I would also recommend buying the book No Fear, by Detective Robert Surgenor. You should be able to get it at any book store, but it can be ordered for $16 plus shipping from www.visionforum.com. It is an excellent book on standing up for your rights. It also contains the laws on child abuse for all 50 states--you will probably find that is where your "officials" will try to go next. Remember to be polite but that you do not have to let them in your house or on your property without a warrant.
I would also like to add to Barb Siegal's letter. Giving leaves to the goats in the winter is a great idea, and bush bean plants can also be gathered in bunches, secured with a rubber band, and hung upside down to dry. Don't forget corn stalks, sunflower heads, extra pumpkins and squash cut in half, windfall apples from your orchard, etc. I always plant extra rows of carrots, beets and mangles to throw in the cellar under sand for winter treats.
I love the paragraph in which she writes, "The animals are so happy. All is right with the world." I too feel that way. My chores would only take me 20 minutes to do if I wasn't so addicted to watching them eat. Our barnyard is an open area that everything from the day-old chick to the thousand pound horse share, and it makes me so content to stand and watch and listen.
I wonder if that is what the 15-year-old vegetarian is missing? While I agree "animal factories" are cruel and unnecessary, homesteaders by their very nature do not duplicate that type of atmosphere. Our daily interaction with our animals causes us to love them (yes, even the aggravating ones). Her main complaints are not about the animal's death, but about their quality of life. Simply becoming a vegetarian will not solve the problem. I do, however, encourage her as she tries to improve her corner of the world.--Mrs. Shane H., Idaho
COUNTRYSIDE: I cannot help with the roach problem, but I do have important information regarding homeschooling a special needs child! Whoever told you this is "illegal" is incorrect! Sometimes local school districts, etc., are not entirely knowledgable about the laws regarding home schooling, and will tell you whatever comes off the top of their heads. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, and it does not matter if it is a special needs child or not.
We have home schooled for 12 years, and our two oldest boys are now in college--by the way, they had no problems with admissions. They attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Both are Dean's List students. Our youngest will be 16 next week, and in 10th grade. At this point we're struggling through advanced algebra, among other things!
When we first started homeschooling, there were some eyebrows raised by family and friends, but now those who were detractors are singing the praises of homeschooling. No, my boys are not special needs kids, but because of homeschooling, I know a lot of other homeschoolers, and many of them are successfully homeschooling special needs children. For example, in our 4H club (I'm a 4-H leader) we have one little boy, 11 years old, with PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder, from the autism spectrum). He lives with his grandparents, who pulled him out of public school because of the bullying that goes on toward children who are different. Well, he sure is thriving and blooming under homeschooling! (They still make use of the public school for speech therapy, simply because they have a right to, and the young man needs it.) But this has been my observation-homeschooling is probably the best possible mileau for special needs kids, and they not only thrive, they bloom.
I would strongly suggest you contact Home School Legal Defense Association, If you have not heard of them, they exist specifically to act as "legal department" of the many thousands of home schools in the country. For $100 a year you have all the legal help and advice you need. You do not need to pay the $100 all at once, we simply pay $9 a month via electronic withdrawal, which then also covers the service charges because of paying monthly instead of an upfront fee. We joined when we began home schooling in 1993. We have never really had to make use of the legal protection, but they have been very valuable in giving advice and specifics as well as alerting us about legislative matters affecting homeschooling in our state. They do go to bat for many folks who run into trouble, such as with public school authorities. A monthly magazine as well as weekly e-updates keep you posted on the homeschool front, and they can also give you resources for finding curriculum, etc. They will know every detail of the law for your state. You can find out more about them by going to email@example.com
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|Publication:||Countryside & Small Stock Journal|
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
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