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

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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...]

A Letter from Jesus and Living in Fear

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I wrote earlier this week about the way even Christian homeschool kids aren't immune from peer pressure---or from picking things up from the culture that surrounds them. In that post I quoted from an article by Lorraine Espenhain, a Catholic homeschooling mother, in which she explained why her children are so lonely---because she has isolated them from any children who are not also both Catholic and homeschooled----and why she thinks their loneliness is okay.But as several readers pointed o … [Read more...]

Picking Things Up from the Culture, Homeschool Edition


If you're a regular reader, you may have noticed that, when speaking of my conservative evangelical homeschool upbringing, I frequently say "I was told X" rather than "my parents told me X." There is a reason for that---sometimes I can't remember whether my parents actually taught me some specific aspect of purity culture or political conservatism or whether I just picked it up from the Christian homeschool culture around me. After all, I read the homeschool magazines we subscribed to, listened t … [Read more...]

HSLDA on those “Radically Atheistic” Public Schools


As my regular readers will know, I am in favor of allowing homeschooled students to play sports in their local public schools. Perhaps surprisingly, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has long remained neutral on sports access bills, declining to directly oppose them but refusing to support them. I've heard concern that allowing homeschooled children to participate in sports would require some form of academic oversight, but then that oversight would only apply to those who volunt … [Read more...]