You Can Help Fund This Important Homeschool Research!

The Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE) is holding a fundraiser for a study of homeschooled students' academic performance. I've often written about homeschooling on this blog, and about my own experience being homeschooled.This study is badly needed, and CRHE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so your donations are tax deductible! As the fundraiser's Generosity page explains: There are an estimated two million children being homeschooled in the United States today—and rese … [Read more...]


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On Will Estrada’s Strange Attempt to Make Trinity Lutheran about Homeschooling

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, a case being argued before the Supreme Court this week, hinges on whether public funds can be used to improve church property. The case began when the Missouri Department of Natural Resources declined to give a grant for resurfacing private preschools to The Learning Center, a religious preschool operated by Trinity Lutheran Church, despite ranking its application highly.In reading an article about the case, I was struck by these comments:An official for … [Read more...]


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The Home School Legal Defense Association’s Strange Legislative Agenda vis a vis Children with Disabilities

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is opposing Tennessee House Bill 1411 and Senate Bill 477. Why? They actually don't explain---they simply offer an explanation of what the bill does. As introduced, enhances the punishment for child abuse and child neglect or endangerment if the child is vulnerable because the child is handicapped; also replaces "knowingly exposes" a child to abuse or neglect resulting in physical injury to "exposes." Curious, I clicked through to the bill's … [Read more...]


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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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