Why This Simone Biles Homeschool Success Meme is Disrespectful to Homeschool Alumni (and Simone Biles)

Meme features picture of Simone Biles with this text:But how will homeschooled kids ever compete in the real world?Pretty well, I guess. Speaking as a homeschool alumna, this meme is disrespectful to homeschool alumni---including Simone Biles---for a multitude of reasons. And yet, it's being shared by homeschool parents across Facebook as a way to show how awesome and amazing homeschooling is. For years now, I and other alumni have been calling attention to problems in the homeschool w … [Read more...]


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Christian Homeschool Leader Announces Conference for Arranging Child Marriages

This November, in Wichita, Kansas, fundamentalist and conservative evangelical parents will gather at a conference to create betrothals for their marriageable children---with emphasis on the word children. This conference is called Let Them Marry and will be held by fundamentalist writer Vaughn Ohlman. I've avoided writing about Ohlman here for a while now, but this conference is so the last straw.Let me start with how a parent can know if their child is ready to be married off: 1) The … [Read more...]


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About My Homeschool Success Story . . .

I posted earlier this week about David McGrath, a college professor who used to be anti-homeschooling but became avidly and uncritically pro-homeschooling after having a homeschool graduate in his class who impressed him with her academic work and interest. Here is the relevant quote from his article: All that changed when I started teaching at the college level, on an evening when I came home from work, slipped off my shoes, collapsed into the recliner and announced to my wife that the best stu … [Read more...]


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Stop Using My Homeschool Success Story to Erase Others’ Educational Neglect

In a commentary piece in the Chicago Tribune, David McGrath, a college professor, explains his transition from believing that homeschooling deprives children of their right to an education to believing that homeschooling is superior to other forms of education. Here's the bit that stopped this homeschool graduate up short: All that changed when I started teaching at the college level, on an evening when I came home from work, slipped off my shoes, collapsed into the recliner and announced to my … [Read more...]


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Christian Homeschooling and the Battle of Peer Dependency, Part 1: We’re Not Exaggerating

By Darcy. Originally posted on Homeschoolers Anonymous. Sometimes when homeschool alumni tell stories about the way things were — the things we were taught, stuff our parents said, and the teachings we practiced — we are not really believed. Our recollections are met with incredulity, doubt, and outright disbelief. Sometimes, our own parents are the ones telling us “that didn’t happen like that, you aren’t remembering correctly, I never said/did/taught/believed those things”. Those presently hom … [Read more...]


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Michael Pearl: Don’t Let Your Kids Play with Public School Kids

[image eaten by the internet]Image text as follows: "In our church, every family homeschools. If someone came into the church whose children go to or have gone to public schools or church schools, their younger children would never be allowed into the inner social circle with our kids. There would be zero fraternization, even on the church grounds after meetings. We have built community and will not allow it to be corrupted."Michael Pearl "Functioning Community" June 15, 2011 This … [Read more...]


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Support Homeschool Reform by Donating to CRHE!

I want to take a quick break from all of my posting about the Planned Parenthood shootings to shine a light the Coalition for Responsible Home Education's December fund drive. I have been very invested in supporting the Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE) since its founding two years ago, and am close friends with a number of the organization's board members.My regular readers probably remember the various blog posts I've written about the Home School Legal Defense Association (H … [Read more...]


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