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The homeschool movement is under attack by those that wish to force many families to enroll in government schools and expose our children to the public school system and the indoctrination camps they have become. One lawmaker even went so far to deem homeschool as “child abuse.”

Approximately five years ago the state of New Hampshire chose to approve a series of improvements to facilitate the homeschooling process in their state. However, certain factions within the state are actively working to roll back these improvements. As a result, there has been considerable controversy in the state and one lawmaker has even dubbed homeschooling to be little more than “child abuse” by Asst. Minority Leader Rep. Marjorie Porter.  All this despite another state lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, whose four oldest children were all homeschooled and went on to top-tier Ivy League colleges.  Marsh’s youngest is still currently homeschooling through high school.

The Home School Legal Defense Association was also involved in the original improvements made in New Hampshire back in 2012 and the group is reporting on the current climate in New Hampshire with regard to homeschooling, stating besides “child abuse,” homeschooling there also has been condemned with comments like, “Half the kids are failing to learn,” and “it’s a floodgate for dropouts.”

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The group states of the current antagonistic climate towards homeschooling in the state –

“Recent comments like these reveal antagonism toward homeschool among certain factions in the New Hampshire legislature, explaining why we appear headed toward a legislative battle over homeschool freedoms.

Witnesses tell us that in an executive session on a controversial bill relating to banning ‘conversion therapy’ for children experiencing gender confusion, senior Democratic lawmaker Marjorie Porter categorically compared homeschooling to child abuse.” 

According to HSLDA, prior to 2012 homeschooling families were required to file notices annually as well as assessments of homeschooled students so the state could measure student progress.  Since 2012 homeschooling families are not only required to give a one-time notice. HSLDA notes there have been no reports of issues with the current system in place.

This current crackdown on homeschoolers is being pushed by Rep. Robert Theberge, R-Berlin. Theberge states the push was prompted by Berlin School District Supt. Corinne Cascadden claiming she had “very grave doubts about whether half of Berlin’s homeschooled students are getting educated.” He refuses to return HSLDA’s emails or calls according to the homeschooling group.

Many others view this move as simply the law in search of a problem to be the “solution” to in an effort to exercise ever more control over the content being taught to children as well as how students are being taught.  All of this is being done under the auspicious guise of “child welfare” when many believe it is anything but. Approximately 5,000 students are currently being educated at home in New Hampshire.


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