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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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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