My Sister, Joy—and Me

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Regular readers are often curious about my younger siblings. Half of my siblings have come of age and left the nest, and the other half of them are still at home. Those who are grown have chosen a variety of different paths. Sometimes I've pitched in and helped a sibling out with leaving or getting started on their own, but the process has generally been fairly smooth, both because my siblings have been given a solid academic foundation and because my parents have not been vindictive.But I … [Read more...]

Suffer Not a Woman to Teach (at Cedarville University)

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I participated in AWANA, a Bible club, from kindergarten through 12th grade. When I was in the high school group, there was a bit of a disagreement over who could serve as our lead teacher. You see, a woman wanted to lead the high school group. You know, a woman. There were Bible study books we would work through, it wasn't like she would be developing the materials or anything. But still, she was a woman. And therein lay the problem.Some of the leaders argued that it would be okay for her … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard has resigned . . . but is that enough?

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Yesterday Bill Gothard resigned from the Institute for Basic Life Principles. As my regular readers know, Gothard has been under increased scrutiny due to accusations that he has sexually molested girls and young women for decades.More on this development from Ryan Stollar of Homeschoolers Anonymous: Last month the IBLP board placed Gothard on administrative leave. . . . There are rumors that David Gibbs, Jr. — the former president of ACE who was the longtime attorney for convicted child abu … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Many Valuable Lessons I Learned at ATI

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A guest post by LauraOriginally posted on Homeschoolers' AnonymousThe 14 years I spent as a student in Bill Gothard's ATI taught me many valuable lessons for my life. Here are some of the highlights:* Parents are always right.* Men are always right. Therefore, your father is double-right.* Getting out from under the “umbrella of authority” means you will have many problems, including being raped. (Not sure what the warning is for boys who get out from under their umbrellas. I’ … [Read more...]

Patrick Henry College: Claims to be Anti-Quiverfull, Invites Quiverfull Speaker

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Patrick Henry College released a statement after the New Republic article on its mishandling of sexual assault cases (which I wrote about here). To my knowledge, this statement was released only to alumni and students, though it may have also been released more generally. You can read it here. The statement was read aloud during morning chapel, and was met with applause. What I found most interesting about this response, in line with what I discussed last week, was this bit: Some readers have … [Read more...]

Michael Farris Responds to the New Republic

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This past Sunday, before the New Republic article about the mishandling of sexual assault at Patrick Henry College, Michael Farris issued a statement on his facebook page. It was not about the upcoming article but rather a response to the growing Bill Gothard scandal, which has followed close on the heels of the Doug Phillips scandal.Even in this statement calling out their failings Farris does not name Gothard or Phillips. Indeed, some commenters (presumably homeschool parents) asked … [Read more...]

“Homeschool Girls” Speak Back

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Last week I wrote about Louis Markos' article, "Why Homeschool Girls Are Feminism's Worst Nightmare." Today I want to highlight three comments by other "homeschool girls" like myself. I thought these three comments were particularly insightful, and did not want them to be simply buried in that comment thread.First comes Lasselanta's comment. I have met Dr. Markos once or twice. He is engaging, lively, and a good speaker, and his students enjoy his classes. He also frequently falls into the … [Read more...]


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