Commentary

Homeschooling’s Invisible Children (HIC) is primarily a database of cases, listed without analysis. At HIC, we focus on stating the facts rather than on providing commentary. Our parent organization, the Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE) does more in the way of both analysis and advocacy, conducting research based on this database and other sources. However, from time to time we at HIC find it helpful to post feedback, respond to queries, or pull together information in blog post form.

If you have questions of your own, feel free to contact us. However, be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions section first to make sure your question has not already been answered. You may also be interested in reading more about our position or how you can help.

What Is Statistical Significance? - In our preliminary data on homeschool child fatalities, we stated that while the number of homeschool fatalities is larger than we would expect for the size of the homeschool population, the difference is not yet “statistically significant.” (If you’re interested in reading the full breakdown of the numbers, see child abuse fatalities, ages 6-17.) Some have asked what we mean... Read more »
Some Preliminary Data on Homeschool Child Fatalities - We are frequently asked why we focus on abuse in homeschool settings when children who attend school are also victims of abuse and neglect. We support efforts to better protect all abused and neglected children, regardless of how they are educated. However, current systems for detecting and preventing child abuse often assume that school-age children will attend school. As former... Read more »
Comparative Statistics and Risk Factors - We here at HIC sometimes receive comments, input, or criticism from readers. These letters can provide an excellent opportunity for hashing out various issues at play in our work as advocates for abused and neglected homeschooled children. In this post we will respond point-by-point to a recent comment, touching on such issues as comparative rates of abuse and various risk... Read more »
Some Fallacies Rebutted - In this post we respond to some misunderstandings about both the scope of our database and our purpose in founding this site. Here is an email we recently recieved from a reader: This is a reply to an article I read on The Daily Beast entitled “The sinister side of homeschooling”. The article, which references your groups’ website, has nothing to... Read more »
From the Mailbag - We have recently received two very different comments from homeschool mothers. We would like to share both, without comment, for those who may be interested. We received this email from a homeschooling mother today: There is no doubt that there are homeschoolers who abuse their children but there are also people who send their kids to public and private school... Read more »