(PJ Media) -- Fox News has apparently decided to pick a fight with homeschoolers—the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens who love their children and are providing a stellar education for them. In an article with the salacious headline "'House of Horrors' child abuse cases reveal how offenders nationwide use homeschooling to hide their crime," Elizabeth Llorente makes the claim that "homeschooling unwittingly also provides a convenient and legal cover for families where children are living in squalor or are being neglected and abused." Even while admitting that most homeschooled children are "properly educated and cared for by their parents or guardians," she goes on to describe harrowing tales of children who were abused, neglected, and killed by parents who kept them isolated at home, ostensibly using homeschooling as a cover.
This happens every few years—someone trots out a collection of child abuse horror stories and blames the abuse on the fact that parents were permitted to keep their own children in their own homes without government surveillance. We expect this kind of rhetoric from left-wing/MSM outlets—it's been going on for decades—but I was surprised to see the tired line of attack coming from Fox News.