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A missing child has sparked a homeschool debate in Kansas.

Adam Herrman went missing in 1999 at the age of 11. However, the disappearance was only recently reported. At the time of his disappearance, Adam Herrman was living with his adoptive parents Doug and Valerie Herrman.

The couple claims that Adam was a troubled child and ran away from home frequently. They said that the police were often called or Adam would simply wander back home. The last time Adam went missing his parents assumed he found his siblings or went back to his biological parents.

This case brings up many questions. The first of which is why on earth a parent wouldn’t report their child missing. Even if one were to assume their child had run off to be with other family members, wouldn’t you at least check to be sure that was the situation?

The second question, is it really pertinent to include the fact that the child was homeschooled? The fact that this child was homeschooled has caused Kansas lawmakers to claim they will try to toughen Kansas homeschool laws. Why?

The fact that this child was homeschooled has little to do with this case. There are those who will say that if he had been public schooled someone other than his parents could have reported him missing. But would they have? No. They would have simply contacted his parents. The parents would have either lied or, if he truly ran away, they would have been honest and said he was missing. I seriously doubt there would have been much follow up from the school after that.

Lawmakers are worried that homeschooled kids aren’t being accounted for or are being hurt.

What kind of law can Kansas make to monitor homeschoolers? Are homeschoolers going to have to give roll call to the police every night to assure them that their kids are accounted for?

What about kids who go to public school and get bullied, beat up, raped? What about kids who are abused at home but the schools fail to report it? What about teachers having affairs with their junior high school students. Are those kids being accounted for and protected from being hurt?

When those things happen there is no outcry against public education. There is no demand for strict laws that make schools accountable. No. But mention that a missing child was homeschooled and suddenly all homeschoolers must be accountable.

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