Do Homeschoolers Need More Regulation?

  The number of homeschoolers grew by nearly twenty percent between 2007 and 20012.  Not surprisingly, then, there has been increased attention on homeschooling from legislatures around the country. What is the appropriate role of the state in the lives of homeschoolers?  Do I as a parent have the right to call all the shots for my [Read More…]

Goodie Bags At Jesus’ Birthday Party

What if Jesus got the good gifts for this birthday, and we got goodie bags? [Read more…]

Washington, Lincoln, and Obama: A Thanksgiving Day Reflection on Ferguson

When asked to choose between saving the Union and ending slavery, George Washington chose the Union. Abraham Lincoln, asked to make the same choice, wrote, “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it. … What [Read More…]

Andrew Jackson On The $20 Bill: Let’s Not Hide From History

As we were watching an episode of We Shall Remain, the PBS series about Native Americans, Zach said, “I just can’t see anything else where the Americans are the bad guys.” Ezra replied, “Yeah, it’s freakin’ me out.” It’s not that we hadn’t studied awful aspects of American history before.  We studied the role of [Read More…]

The ‘If You Wouldn’t Say It About a Boob Job, Don’t Say It About Adoptive Families’ Test

Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t say to adoptive families. If you don’t want to be an idiot, that is. [Read more…]

Slave Castles and Watering Holes: Reflecting On Our Trip To Ghana

We’ve been home almost a week, and the intensity of what we experienced in Ghana is finally hitting me.  I finished a short video of  our trip last night, and I watched it this morning with our homeschool group.  It’s been two weeks since we visited the slave castles, and I shed my first tears [Read More…]

The Problem With Teaching Your Children That They Are Blessed

There is a menancing aspect to teaching your children that they are blessed because they are healthy and have money. Feeling blessed in the face of others’ suffering often serves to distance us from rather than connect us to others. We are blessed; they are not. [Read more…]