Things HSLDA Opposes: State-Mandated Medical Exams for Homeschoolers


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


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


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...]

Things HSLDA Opposes: Voluntary Home Visitation Programs


Ostensibly, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) works to keep homeschooling legal. In practice, the organization does much, much more than that. Over a year ago, I wrote a a series on HSLDA and Child Abuse, but HSLDA does more than oppose mandatory reporting laws. The organization also opposes the UN disabilities treaty and the Common Core. HSLDA claims to involve itself in these issues out of concern that they could be used to restrict homeschooling. But while HSLDA’s opposition to … [Read more...]

Help Support the Coalition for Responsible Home Education

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The Coalition for Responsible Home Education is holding a fund drive for the month of December. I highly recommend making a donation, if you are able. All donations are tax deductible, and the organization is offering a variety of incentives.Click here to read more about the fund drive and to make your own donation!When I first started blogging over three years ago, I had no idea that I would become a part of a homeschool alumni reform movement. Since that date, homeschool alumni … [Read more...]

I Will Not Apologize for Growing Up

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Most survivor bloggers today are of my generation, other children homeschooled in patriarchal quiverfull families in the Christian homeschooling movement. Some, though, are of my parents' generation, former quiverfull patriarchal mothers who saw the error of their ways and left the movement. Sometimes this can create tension. Cindy of Under Much Grace recently wrote a blog post titled Are You a Mom Who is Triggered by Cynthia Jeub's Blog? Finding Healing Part I. In it she said this: In the wake … [Read more...]