Nutjob murderer was homeschooled, so home-schoolers need to be screened for nutjobbery because if we don’t more such horrible things will happen:
But the commission, which is preparing its final report to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said tighter scrutiny of home-schoolers may be needed to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The murders were carried out by Adam Lanza, a disturbed 20-year-old who had been home-schooled by his mother, Nancy Lanza, whom he also shot to death on the morning of his murder spree.
Right. So the murderer was home-schooled (for 6 months IIRC) out of roughly 13 years of schooling. Doesn’t that work out to something like 4%? And, was he not also home-schooled because of his behavioral issues at the other school? That is, calling him home-schooled is rather like calling someone who spent 6 months in the hospital with a terrible infection “hospital-schooled.”
One could be hugely cynical and see this as an attempt to make home-schoolers out as the scapegoats–because it’s often easy to single out a relatively small sub-group of the population and point at them and say “See, they’re weird. We should do something about that.” But, again, that would require incredible amounts of cynicism.
Bottom line? Rejecting the commissions insanity with reference to home-schoolers is about freedom. Not freedom from all risk, for that can only be found in the grave, but freedom to live, to enjoy liberty, and to pursue happiness without the meddling of those who know far better than us what we ought to do, to say, and most importantly, how we are to raise and educate our own children. Because, you know, it takes a village.