I’m on record for what seems like forever on this: putting your student in public school is child abuse. Or maybe it’s worse. One thing is for sure, public schools suck. On that note, welcome to Screven County, Georgia.
Mother and substitute teacher Julie Giles was arrested this week because her son had too many unexcused absences from public school.
Writing on her Facebook page before turning herself in, Giles said “If anyone feels the need to go public with this feel free to do so….the facts are Sam originally had what they consider 12 unexcused absences, 6 are allowed per year, so he had 6 more than is acceptable, but the doctor reissued 3 excuses that Sam didn’t turn in, so basically I am being arrested for THREE days.”
She also noted that her child has all A’s and B’s in school.
Julie is going to fight this silliness, here’s a piece of her twitter feed.
It’s no comfort, but Ms. Giles isn’t alone.
WTOC’s Don Logana contacted Screven County Schools Superintendent William Bland, who told him that the school district is working within the law.
“It’s important for these children to be in school and I think the courts recognize that,” he said.
Logana also learned during his investigation that several other parents have been convicted for the same offense at this school this year alone.
Fortunately Giles was released, but she faces a day in court over the charges after being shackled hand and foot in her home when she was arrested.
Ms. Giles, homeschooling is legal in Georgia and my good friend, Mr. Google, can provide lots of alternatives. Your son will get a better education and you won’t have to waste your time volunteering to support a system of child abuse.
Students coming from a home school graduated college at a higher rate than their peers—66.7 percent compared to 57.5 percent—and earned higher grade point averages along the way, according to a study that compared students at one doctoral university from 2004-2009.
They’re also better socialized than most high school students, says Joe Kelly, an author and parenting expert who home-schooled his twin daughters.
“I know that sounds counterintuitive because they’re not around dozens or hundreds of other kids every day, but I would argue that’s why they’re better socialized,” Kelly says. “Many home-schoolers play on athletic teams, but they’re also interactive with students of different ages.”
Just do it. For your son.