How HSLDA Talks About Abuse

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In 2012, HSLDA opposed a New Jersey bill that would have allowed the Division of Family and Youth Services (DFYS) to determine whether children under their "care, supervision, or custody" should be prohibited from homeschool. The main reason this bill was introduced is that children who are homeschooled are not seen regularly by mandatory reporters in the way children who attend school are, and therefore children who are vulnerable or at risk of abuse may benefit from being in school. A perusal … [Read more...]

More Blatant Hypocrisy from Chris Jeub

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Last year, many in the homeschool alumni reform movement were encouraged by the support of Chris Jeub, a homeschooling father of 16 (and author and speaker) who denounced "patriarchy" and urged other homeschooling parents to listen to our concerns. But then Chris's daughter Cynthia began blogging, and we learned that Chris was saying one thing and doing another. (I wrote about this at the time.)Today, I want to call out another a piece of hypocrisy on Chris's part. This week the Montgomery … [Read more...]

Voddie Baucham, Daughters, and “Virgin Brides”

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Last summer, Michael Farris denounced patriarchy. Or, so he claimed.Among those who homeschool for religious reasons, there is a subculture sometimes called the "patriarchy movement." Michael Farris, founder of the powerful Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and probably the most well-known leader in the Christian homeschooling world, has for decades espoused the beliefs of this movement. But in the last year and a half, two of its leaders, Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips, lost th … [Read more...]

Things HSLDA Opposes: State-Mandated Medical Exams for Homeschoolers

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View series intro here, and all posts here.New Jersey is one of eleven states that do not require homeschooling parents to notify education officials of their intent to homeschool, and from time to time bills introduced into the state's legislature have sought to change this. In 2010, a bill was introduced that would have required parents to provide notice of homeschooling at the beginning of the year and turn in a portfolio documenting the child's educational progress at the end of the yea … [Read more...]

HSLDA’s Core Agenda: Abolishing Compulsory Education

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Prominent HSLDA attorney Chris Klicka elucidated on HSLDA's agenda in a 2001 book, and frankly, when I read it I found even myself slightly surprised, not so much by what their agenda is as by how willing they are to publicly admit it. The framers of the Constitution, unfortunately, never specifically mentioned in the Constitution the right of parents to educate their children. They took it for granted that parents alone had this right and could choose whatever form of education they saw fit. S … [Read more...]

Things HSLDA Opposes: Making Emergency Medical Personnel Mandatory Reporters

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View series intro here, and all posts here.In 2013, Alabama legislators introduced a mandatory reporting law. While all states require teachers and certain medical professionals to report suspicions of child abuse, some go further and make all individuals mandatory reporters. The Alabama bill read as follows: Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or who observes any child being subjected to conditions or circumstances … [Read more...]

Why You Should Support the Coalition for Responsible Home Education

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I wrote two weeks ago about a fund drive being held by the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, but I want to touch on it again. You can read more about the organization and their efforts here, and view suggested donation levels and incentives here. The fund drive lasts for the month of December, and all donations are tax deductible. Today I want to write about why you should support the organization. In part, I want to explain why I care about organizations like the Coalition for Resp … [Read more...]


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