My First Time With Shakespeare

A former home schooler describes her continuing fight with the holes in her education. [Read more…]

Darn straight I’ll eat alone with a woman

I used to believe men and women couldn’t be just friends. It was an impoverished view of the world. [Read more…]

Iowa seeks exemption for Christian school with history of abuse

Teenage runaways and allegations of physical and sexual abuse dog the facility that Iowa Republicans want to exempt from accreditation laws. [Read more…]

Iowa state bill to allow unaccredited fundamentalist curriculum

A bill before the Iowa House would allow a school to provide the unaccredited Accelerated Christian Education curriculum. [Read more…]

Out among the stars: Defeating the legacy of religious indoctrination

An ACE escapee finds his place in the universe after years of indoctrination. Contains references to corporal punishment. [Read more…]

Leaving the Fold: A documentary about leaving religion

Or: How Def Leppard Made Me An Atheist [Read more…]

No secularist I know supports the burkini ban

Secularism is about freedom of conscience and a religiously neutral state, not authoritarian diktats. [Read more…]

Christian teacher on ACE training: “I was being indoctrinated”

  Here, as far as I know, is the only first-person account of what it is like to ‘qualify’ as an Accelerated Christian Education supervisor anywhere in the academic literature. ACE supervisor training is much like ACE schooling: The staff complete workbooks at desks facing the wall, separated by vertical screens. They obtain permission to [Read More…]

Rebirth of Our Nation review: introduction

I have decided to review Donald R. Howard’s 1979 classic Rebirth of Our Nation. You have almost certainly never heard of this book, but if you’re interested in this blog, you’ll want to know about it. Donald Howard was the founder of Accelerated Christian Education, and Rebirth of Our Nation is his manifesto, not just for education [Read More…]

Christian website runs article “When God Sends Your Daughter a Black Husband”

Presumably the alternatives “When God Sends You a Racist Mother-in-Law” and “Help! My Mom Sounds Like a White Supremacist” were rejected in the editing room. The article begins: For years I prayed for a young man I had yet to meet: my daughter’s husband. I asked the Lord to make him godly, kind, a great dad, [Read More…]