Ariel Bradley: Christian Homeschooler, ISIS Bride


Last week BuzzFeed broke the story of Ariel Bradley, a 29-year-old woman who was raised in a fundamentalist Christian homeschooling family and is now the wife of an ISIS fighter in Syria. BuzzFeed writes that Ariel's mother was "prone to religious outbursts" and that the education Ariel received at home was sorely lacking. Ariel ran away from home as a teen and tried out a variety of beliefs in a search for stability and meaning. She got tattoos, tried drugs, and became a socialist and then an at … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk about Rachel Dolezal’s Parents


By now you have surely all heard of Rachel Dolezal, who resigned earlier this week from her position as head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP after her parents revealed that she is in fact white. For years now, Rachel had been passing herself off as black. What Rachel did is inexcusable. She lied to people and violated their trust, she engaged in cultural appropriation and perhaps even plagiarism, and she used her assumed blackness to her advantage and for her own personal gain.I refuse t … [Read more...]

Those No Good Very Bad Homeschool Graduates


This weekend is the Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE) conference in Naperville. This afternoon homeschooling father and speaker Voddie Baucham, of Vision Forum fame, will be delivering the following keynote address:TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN IN MIND I am surprised at how many homeschool kids aren’t sure whether or not they are going to educate their own children at home. I’m more surprised that some are sure they won’t. Usually, further examination reveals a comple … [Read more...]

Can You Be More Deceptive? Homeschool Edition


I just came upon an article by Bob Adelmann of the New American discussing U.S. test scores as compared to those in other nations, and then arguing that homeschooling is the solution to U.S. underperformance. I bring it up because it is a really good example of the way some homeschooling parents use bad data and outright lies to argue that homeschooling is academically superior to other methods of instruction.I was homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade. While there were some … [Read more...]

HSLDA Opposes Anti-Bullying Bill


HSLDA Opposes Anti-Bullying Bill is actually the title of HSLDA's own article on a bill currently before the Iowa legislature. At least they're being honest about it, I suppose? We've talked before about the ways the Home School Legal Defense Association's lobbying veers out into topics that have nothing to do with homeschooling, but honestly, this case is out there even for them. Let's have a look, shall we?HSLDA opposes the anti-bullying bill now pending in the Iowa Legislature, SF 345, be … [Read more...]

Technically, Nicole Naugler Is Not a Homeschool Mom

Naugler family

Over the last few days, my social media pages have blow up with comments and articles about Joe and Nicole Naugler, an "off-grid" couple whose ten children were removed by CPS following the discovery that the family was living in tents and had inadequate heat, water, and sewage---a discovery that followed a standoff between Joe and one of the neighbors, in which Joe trespassed on a neighbor's property in order to steal water, and then, when confronted, threatened to shoot said neighbor.News a … [Read more...]

#makehomeschoolsafe and Michigan’s HB 4498


Last week Michigan State Representative Stephanie Chang held a press release announcing a new bill. According to her press release:LANSING – State Representative Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) announced new legislation at a press conference today that would create a list of homeschooled children in an effort to avoid the kind of tragedy that saw the murder of Detroit schoolchildren and siblings Stoni Blair and Stephen Gage Berry. The press conference was held together with Detroit City Counc … [Read more...]