Questions and Statements From the Author
I’m Doris Anne Beaulieu, author of the book The Torment’s of the Modest, Secluded Farm Life.
I was one of the two chosen from the state of Maine by Romance Classics to receive the "Cool Women" award in the year 2000 for my community service work. Only 175 women in the United States received this award. I was vice president of both the People’s Action Committee and the Maine Association of Independent Neighborhoods. I was also certified by Pine Tree Legal as a community advocate. I have helped pass landlord/tenant bills in the legislation. I was on the board of directors for task force on human needs as the treasurer in Maine. I live my life trying to do good deeds for others from babysitting to helping the disabled apply for social security.
I have been a member of parent-teacher groups, helped with school fund-raisers to earn money for playground equipment along with teacher/classroom needs. I’ve also helped rebuild the local school playground.
I have volunteered in three different schools doing Holiday arts and crafts, made costumes for plays, and done the fluoride program. While doing so I heard many stories from parents who have family members who home school their children. The heart breaking stories provoked me to publish a true story of my life in hopes to show parents the long term effects of what they are doing. The need arose for my book to be put into screenplay format, so all parents can see and understand how life being sheltered from the "real world"can leave their children traumatized when they become adults and leave the sheltered environment they were raised in.
We need to see and understand that many children who attend private schools, are home schooled, or who are "unschooled" face harsh reality when they step out alone into the world we take for granted knowing before we’re stepped into it. These children don’t know half of the terms commonly used in public schools; these words include ghetto, pimp, and rape. At first you may think these words would serve no purpose in a moral child’s life. You’re right, except what happens if they eventually live in a place where people tell them to stay out of the ghetto and to avoid pimps because they might get raped? They also hardly interact with people they aren’t familiar with. What will happen to them when they have to get jobs and deal with people, sometimes upset people? They will lack the social skills necessary to do the job and not go home crying at night. This is just setting the children up for failure.
1. Let us all take a good look at the numbers. This is from the Heritage Home school site.
2. Our politicians should step in to take action for the children being failed. "The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights do not mention education. In spite of the creation of a federal Department of Education, education is an issue of states' rights. According to the National Homeschool Association, ‘Homeschooling is legally permitted in all fifty states, but laws and regulations are much more favorable in some states than in others.’(41) For example, states such as Idaho, Oklahoma, and Texas are considered user friendly to homeschoolers in that there is no requirement for parents to initiate contact with the state to begin to homeschool. On the other hand, states such as Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York are heavily regulated (curriculum approval by the state, home visits, submission of achievement test scores, and so on)(42) (http://www._____________).
3. Please read CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales report on "a dark side to home schooling.” Stories like these are popping up all over the nation at a growing rate equal to growth of homeschooling.
4. Hopefully this book/screenplay will show you that all children whether they are public schooled, private schooled, or home schooled should all be treated the same. They should all take the national standardized tests no matter what type of schooling they receive. All the states should carry the same laws when it comes to the education of our children. After all they are our future adults, how do we truly want them to be? Many parents feel that where the states fail, the federal government should step in, this is where a No Child Left Behind law should be enforced.
Questions that I have been asked:
2: Do you feel your book/ screenplay would help the candidates for president realize what home schooled and private schooled children will face as adults?
A: Yes, in the sense that it should bring awareness to our politicians that where the state is failing the children in their state, the government needs to step in and help out. They need to change the laws and make the rules and guidelines equal for all states.
3: In your book you talk about a woman helping you as a young adult, is that what inspired you to try to help others?
A: Yes, because I was saved from my own naive self having been raised in a sheltered environment of a private school.
4: In your book you talked about how close you where to your younger brother, are you still close to him and other family members?
A: Yes, I am still close to all my siblings and family members because I feel family is very important to the mental health of a person.
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