As a homeschooler, I am all-too-familiar with the term "educational neglect." Simply put, every parent must secure an appropriate education for their child as defined by the state. Living in NY, in order to avoid a charge of educational neglect, I must document that I am teaching Arithmetic, Reading, Writing, Spelling, English, Geography, Science, Health, Art, Music, and Physical Education. I must document at least 900 hours a year spent on learning activities. And I must have my children evaluated annually and tested periodically to ensure that they are being taught the appropriate skills for their ages. Or, I could just put them in school.
Apparently, it's not that simple.
Over at Imamother, there is a thread running twelve pages long about whether or not yeshivas need to teach secular studies. Apparently, a number of them don't even teach basic English or math, leaving it to the kids and their parents to supply these skills in the evening hours. Now, judging by the posts, a number of the posters are writing from New York State--which has all those strict rules for us homeschoolers. In other words, I could circumvent all these cumbersome regulations and essentially have my kids learn nothing by placing them in yeshiva--and I wouldn't be guilty of educational neglect
See, we don't often think of education neglect happening in the classroom. However, the same regulations that mandate how many hours a day I must spend teaching and what I must teach are apparently not required by institutions supposedly designed for education. Why not require THEM to teach Arithmetic, Reading, Writing, Spelling, English, Geography, Science, Health, Art, Music and PE? Why assume, that just because the building is called a "school," that these necessary skills are being taught? Why not audit THEM for hours of instruction or demand detailed educational plans? Why give institutions the benefit of the doubt and stick it to homeschoolers?