As a former kid on the ranch for 9 year I have a hard time believing these issues. If it wasn't for the ranch i would be a drug addict, probably a lifer in prison, or dead.
They have the kids work there yes but i don't think that child labor. Other personal ranches, farms, home business have their children help. i look at it as great life learning tool. I been able to fix many things around my house, car, and other things from the work i did on the ranch, instead of spending hundreds on hiring a professional.
Are some of their punishments strict? Maybe, but it the same for everyone, and has a purpose, If and when i have my kids i will use some of the very same punishments like ,grounding, sentences (having a sentence and rewriting it over and over X amount of times) I don't have the same outside punishments like cleaning the bullpen (shoveling cow manure.
Now for the education side everyone does a placement test for each subject (math, english. history, since, and religious) and then the books they get are were they tested at. So if you 9th grade but have a 6th grade math understand you pick up from what ya know not trying to force something in your head that you just wont pick up on and the teacher pass you cause they don't want to see your face again next year. I would bet if you compared the SAT from their graduating students to the rest of the graduating students they all be well above average.
Yes i know about 1 of the staff that had sex with an underage kid. From my understand as soon as they found out they turned him in to the authority and he went to jail for two counts of statutory rape and got 10 years. this is very sad that it happened but it happens everyday in the US and the ranch stopped it and did the right things not try to sweep it under the rug. So if you honestly think the children are being abused i bet Bob would allow a small group to come see what the daily life is like on the ranch.
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