What the Duggars Teach Their Kids for Homeschooling

Gawker has a couple articles about the homeschooling curriculum that the Duggars use for all their kids, some of which is so unbelievably wrongheaded that it will leave your jaw agape. It comes from the Advanced Training Institute, led by Bill Gothard, who is now on leave after being accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment. Here’s just one example:

Doctors have discovered that the seed of the man is an alien substance to the woman. It triggered responses similar to those of an “allergic” reaction. A woman who has a husband is able to develop “immunity” to this reaction; however, a promiscuous woman’s immune system becomes confused and unable to distinguish alien substances. This confusion is a key to the development of cancer.

*headdesk* Seriously? And:

The eye transmits the sensual stimuli to the brain, which activates the heart, which is “deceitful and desperately wicked.” ( See Jeremiah 17:9)

And some of the test questions in the curriculum:

“How did the ‘Socratic method’ of reasoning come from a sodomite manner of living?” “How can graphs help to visualize the consequences of lust?” And “How do prime numbers illustrate the principle of ‘one flesh’ in marriage?”

It actually sounds like a very good curriculum if the goal is to prepare the children to become as ignorant and irrational as their parents.

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  • peterh

    There’s so much stupid in so short a list of examples it’s difficult to choose a starting point. Maybe deaddesk is the best approach.

  • sugarfrosted

    “How do prime numbers illustrate the principle of ‘one flesh’ in marriage?”

    Excuse me, what? I tried thinking of an interpretation that could possibly lead to this even having bad reasoning behind it, and all I came up with was “excuse me, what?”

    If it’s something about divisibility that makes even less sense. Is the idea that marriages can’t be divided? then what corresponds to marriage in the construction of primes.

  • sugarfrosted

    @2 Going on a bit, this isn’t even interesting numerology, this is just stupid. I’m a man who can appreciate gametria.

  • Chiroptera

    Remind me again why we even bother with “compulsory education” laws when we give stupid people the ability to undermine its purpose?

  • raven

    Borderline child abuse. Borderline because it’s arguable I suppose.

    When does nonstop brainwashing and lies producing mentally fogged up adults become child abuse?

  • Mr Ed

    Sugarfrosted you haven’t lived until you Mersenne Primed with your partner married in the eyes of God opposite sex spouse.

    And as long as I’m being silly how do I graph the response to lust. I read this blog so I know its the woman’s fault but thats all.

  • John Pieret

    homeschooling

    You keep using that word …

  • cptdoom

    It actually sounds like a very good curriculum if the goal is to prepare the children to become as ignorant and irrational as their parents.

    Well, one of their daughters did claim that Darwin’s theories led to racism, which was a quite a trick when he was working some 250 years after the slave trade began, and some 5 or 6 centuries since the Jews were banished from England. Apparently the curriculum is working.

  • raven

    I pay as little attention as possible to the Duggars.

    1. Weird fundie xian cultists from a breeder cult. They are famous for having 19 kids. Big deal. My cat could do that. In fact, one cat had a litter of kittens before she adopted me. It takes absolutely no intelligence or talent to get pregnant.

    The whole idea is sort of questionable. This is biological imperialism, an attempt by one group to achieve dominance by outbreeding all the others. It’s not unusual, usually fails, but sometimes succeeds. The RCC, Mormons, and FLDS try the same thing.

    2. That being said, they do seem to be very popular. It’s been a long running TV show about…xian breeder cultists.

    So what is so interesting? It baffles me. AFAICT, it’s yet again another TV show about stupid white people doing stupid things. This isn’t how I want to spend my finite lifespan.

  • raven

    I’ve seen this before and it is not just a fundie xian thing. Although it is something they do a lot.

    Parents set their kids up to fail.

    The children then…fail.

  • grumpyoldfart

    If it was such a bad education system the government wouldn’t allow it.

    That’s the lucky thing for Americans – they elect the smartest politicians in the world.

  • D. C. Sessions

    This is biological imperialism, an attempt by one group to achieve dominance by outbreeding all the others.

    In other words, they’re R specialists instead of K specialists: they produce lots of offspring but don’t invest much in any of them. Generally speaking, the larger and more complex species tend towards K specialization (elephants, giraffes, hippos, whales, great apes, etc. have single births and long gestation periods) where the smaller and less complex species go for R specialization — egg-laying with huge numbers, high mortality rates, and often “lay and leave” parenting.

    The Duggars seem to be trying to beat fruit flies at their own game. No wonder they don’t want to believe what evolution teaches us: they’re hopelessly outclassed.

  • caseloweraz

    The eye transmits the sensual stimuli to the brain, which activates the heart, which is “deceitful and desperately wicked.” (See Jeremiah 17:9)

    So good Christians are likely to be offended by their hearts. And when that happens, therefore, they must follow the commandments of Jesus as recorded in Mark 9: 42-48.

    Just sayin’.

  • carpenterman

    When I see stuff like this, I can’t help thinking the unemployment rate in this country is not nearly high enough.

  • eric

    Doctors have discovered that the seed of the man is an alien substance to the woman. It triggered responses similar to those of an “allergic” reaction.

    I have a live vaccine for that. If anyone is interested, I give the injections for free. [eyebrow wiggle]

  • Larry Kearney

    Steve Martin, the comedian, had a bit where he joked that parents should respond to their children’s questions with the wrong answers, just to mess with them.

    IT WAS A JOKE, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    Interesting… In that first quote, there are quotation marks around the words “allergic” and “immunity,” but none around the word, “confused.”

    Don’t know what to make of that, but it jumped out.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    It actually sounds like a very good curriculum if the goal is to prepare the children to become as ignorant and irrational as their parents.

    .

    More than their parents, actually. Some of those parents are victims of decent public schools.

    .

    grumpyoldfart says: If it was such a bad education system the government wouldn’t allow it.

    .

    In the Good ole’ US ofA a parent’s right to abuse his child is sacred. If they can’t beat other people’s kids(1) by golly, they’ll at least see that their own are beaten(2). In a sane world home schooled kids would be tested often, perhaps every three months, to confirm that they are meeting acceptable standards.(3)

    .

    (1) In nearly half of US states physical punishment is public schools is still legal.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporal_punishment

    (2) In a charitable mood, one may interpret this statement as metaphorical.

    (3) Not done here, for that would be questioning the parent’s values

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    “How do prime numbers illustrate the principle of ‘one flesh’ in marriage?”

    1 flesh, also 2, 3, 5, 7, 11… fleshes

  • lldayo

    @7 John Pieret

    I think they meant to say homefooling.

  • eric

    @19: yeah, I get the distinct impression that – along with their many other idiocies – these folks don’t know that 2 is a prime number.

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    Those who advocate “blanket training” for children want blanket parties for those who advocate science.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Homeschooling. It’s so important to feed your children misinformation that even German families will seek asylum in the United States in order to do it.

  • Trebuchet

    Once again, please visit En Tequila Es Verdad here at FTB and seek out Dana Hunter’s excellent analyses of Christianist “Science” education. Time well spent.

  • Richard Smith

    @caseloweraz (#13):

    So good Christians are likely to be offended by their hearts. And when that happens, therefore, they must follow the commandments of Jesus as recorded in Mark 9: 42-48.

    Or as demonstrated in the classic religious epic, Indiana jones and the Temple of Doom:

    “Bali mangthi Kali ma. Shakthi degi Kali ma. Kali ma… Kali ma… Kali ma, shakthi deh!”

    “Om Namha Shivaye, Om Namha Shivaye, Om Namha Shivaye…”

    (Where would we be without IMDB quotes?)

  • abb3w

    The bit about sperm allergy may not be completely delusional; poking Google Scholar for seminal plasma hypersensitivity suggests it’s a rare but real medical phenomenon.

    Contrariwise, the claims about monogamy being helpful seem inaccurate (to understate); some of the articles suggest that some women are only allergic to a particular partner, and that they may not have a problem with a different partner. Additionally, the cancer claim appears purest bullshit; what journal articles address the topic suggest that allergies may reflect syndromes of immune hypertrophy that also protect against cancers (or at least correlated, if not necessarily caused).

    Nohow, what I’m really most interested in is the claims about prime numbers.

  • mentalcase79

    I’m a big fan of bad test questions. That prime number one jumps out at me. Here’s my analysis:

    Prime numbers = only two factors = only two marriage partners = two partners “cleave” together to create one whole (a la the Babble).

    However, that analogy does not indicate a gender for the factors, so they’ve just made an argument that works for same-sex marriage but opposes polygamy.

  • DonDueed

    Mentalcase79: I think you missed it. One of those two factors is always number 1, obviously indicating that the man is always in charge!

  • psanity

    Well, allergy symptoms can include shortness of breath, elevated pulse rate, flushed skin, and a slight feeling of disorientation.

  • pixiedust

    I’m hoping Ed will provide the answers to the questions.

  • felidae

    “How do prime numbers illustrate the principle of ‘one flesh’ in marriage?”

    3,5,7 seem like an argument for polygamy, ya think? or one hell of an orgy!

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @DonDueed, #28:

    One of those two factors is always number 1,

    Just got around to reading this, so you’ve beat me to the punch on the crucial observation by hours, but if this is supposed to “illustrate the principle of ‘one flesh’ in marriage” it sure seems like it is true to marriage:

    There’s Naamah and her husband Solomon.

    There’s Esther and her husband Solomon.

    There’s Rebecca and her husband Solomon.

    It goes on a bit, but yeah, definitely of the format, 2 and 1; 3 and 1; 5 and 1; …

  • thebookofdave

    homeschooling

    You keep using that word …

    Makes more sense, John Pieret, if the term refers to the content instead of the mode of instruction (as in subject matter with no relevance or application outside one’s own home).

  • DaveL

    @28,

    Keep in mind, we don’t generally consider 1 to be a factor, and if we did, we’d have to come to grips with the fact its multiplicity is arbitrary. So rather than “2 and 1, 3 and 1…” it would be more like “2 and an arbitrary number of 1s…”

    Of course, they’d probably consider that some kind of deviant “modern math”, like set theory.