Donate to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education!

Hey all! I've written a number of times about the abuses that can occur in homeschool settings. Homeschooling can be a positive educational option---indeed, some of my readers homeschool---but without oversight unscrupulous parents can get away with failing to educate, and even with hiding children away or abusing them horrifically. Five years ago there were no organizations out there working on this problem, but this is no longer true. In past few years, homeschool alumni have created two n … [Read more...]


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Robert Saunders’ Race Problem, and the Republican Party

They told us we were supposed to change the world. They told us to run for office. They told us not to say racist things on Facebook. No wait, they didn't tell us that, and Robert Saunders, running for state legislature, is learning this the hard way.Saunders and I were both raised in an environment that mixed evangelicalism and conservative politics to the extent that the two became indistinguishable. And we were both homeschooled. For many, homeschooling is simply a method for giving their … [Read more...]


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Big Families and the Fine Print

I was reading the abstract of a 1986 article on declining SAT scores when a sentence brought me up short. "In particular, a large part of the recent SAT score decline was caused by the large families of the post-war baby boom." What? Why would large families contribute to falling SAT scores? I scanned the text.Large families, female-headed families and a less educated populace reduce SAT scores. There it was again! And further down:The three major contributors to the predicted … [Read more...]


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Christian Homeschooling and the Battle of Peer Dependency, Part 2: Family, Not Friends

Note: I just realized that I never posted the second part of Darcy's post about peer dependency. Darcy writes about the toxic beliefs held by many Christian homeschool about peer relationships---and the ways in which these beliefs can deprive their children of deep friendships. Darcy speaks as a homeschool graduate, and seeks to shed light on the these groups' wildly inaccurate beliefs about child development and the pain caused in their wake. You can read part 1 here.By Darcy. Originally … [Read more...]


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Homeschool Socialization Is Not Extraneous

Not long ago, I read a blog post by a homeschool mom Lisa titled Saying 'No' to the Homeschool Group. As a homeschool graduate, I was extremely bothered by the author's attitude toward her children's desire for friends and time to socialize. I remember being a homeschooled child begging to do co-op because it meant seeing my friends. I remember watching my siblings beg for time with friends. Social interaction is not an optional part of children's development. It's critical.In her blog post, … [Read more...]


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Statutory Rape in Christian Homeschool Perspective

When I first started blogging five years ago, I was unaware of any cases of sexual abuse in my own evangelical homeschool community of origin. In the last two years, that has changed. I'm not going to give any names or details here. I do, however, want to talk about some overarching themes and ideas I've noticed."In another day and age, they would have just made him marry her.""Why should he go to jail? All he did was start a relationship."These are actual things I have heard said … [Read more...]


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How Michael Farris Cons Christian Families into Homeschooling

Have you seen this piece by Michael Farris? Let me touch on a few points and then get down to what I see as the meat of his piece---the repeating of a lie my parents bought, and a lie so many other parents are currently buying. The lie that, by homeschooling, you can determine your children's outcome, beliefs, and values.But first, Farris' view of public schools: The conflict over transgendered bathrooms is a symptom of a far greater conflict over values. At its core, the public schools are … [Read more...]


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