Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Why Peggy Peterson Picks on Pecks of Pliant Parents

Because Peggy Peterson, Director of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement with the Department of Education (Mississippi), is afraid of losing her job. Rather than focusing on her own department's shortfalls, we fast-breeding, uncontrollable, homeschooling rebels are an easier, more controversial target:

Truancy program called ineffective: This article criticizing Peterson's program was published in July, 2004.

Drop-out Prevention (PDF): This is a co-effort to justify the existence of the truancy program and lists Peggy Peterson as a co-presenter for several dates in Sept of 2004. Scroll down to page 10 and read their suggestions for preventing drop outs. The graphics are funny, but their repetitive insistence that earlier, frequent, long-lived gov't intervention is the answer to all that ails education in MS is not.

Homeschooling worries official: Notice the use of the word "tactic."

Official cites Miss. homeschool program as too lenient: Notice the title "director of homeschooling for the Mississippi Department of Education." There is no such thing. Now or then. Also, absence of the word "tactic."

Education official concerned about homeschooling popularity: Similar to the above article except that her title is correct. Again, no "tactic." Begs the question why an article that was pulled from AP (and probably written by a reporter in Meridian...I'll find out later) appeared with the word "tactic" solely in the Clarion Ledger.

The last three articles (or versions of the same article) were published in Oct 2004, three months after the initial criticism of Peterson's dept. Her widely published remarks on homeschooling came less than a month after our Sept 15 homeschool declaration deadline, during which time she was on the coast presenting her "Gov't Cures All Things" powerpoint. Rather than dealing with the real issue of truancy in the public school system, she shifted the focus to homeschoolers. That's why her comments here are more critical than they appear.

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