Things HSLDA Opposes: Kindergarten


Click here to read the full series.HSLDA opposes both mandatory kindergarten and full-day kindergarten. They argue that early childhood education is harmful to children's development, that beginning compulsory attendance at age five prevents parents from deciding when their children are ready to begin their education, and that full-day kindergarten programs both expand state control of education and cost taxpayers money. Let's take a look!Massachusetts:Summary: House Bill 349 … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: The Good Mother and the Bad Investigation

Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. woman standing in doorway looking out at bright sunny day, view from behind and below

Today we meet Gwen Landis, the mother. Gwen Landis was in her backyard pushing a giggling Casey on the swing."Higher, Mom. Push me higher," Casey laughed. This, then, is Gwen Landis: Good Mother.The doorbell rings, and Gwen leaves Casey in the backyard, telling her to practice pumping her leg. At the door Gwen finds "an unknown, professionally dressed woman"---Donna. Donna introduces herself as "Donna Corliss from Child Protective Services" and asks if she can come in and speak with … [Read more...]

Things HSLDA Opposes: Criminal Background Checks for Homeschool Co-op Instructors


Here is what HLSDA had to say about House Bill 295, a 2013 bill in New Hampshire:Summary: House Bill (“HB”) 295 imposes the requirement of criminal background checks on employees and volunteers at recreation and “youth skill” camps. The bill is a potential problem for homeschoolers because of the overly broad definition of “youth skill camps” that could include homeschool groups.The Senate Health, Education & Human Services committee amended the bill to define “Youth Skill Camps” as … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Meet the Social Worker


Today we meet the social worker, Donna Corliss. What's really interesting is how Farris introduces her---hungover with her law school boyfriend, lying to her boss and skipping work. The late morning sun crept slowly across the bedroom floor. The first ray of light crawled up the bed, touched her eyes and stabbed deep into her skull like a flash of lightening. Donna Corliss would be getting into nothing that Friday, except the bicarbonate of soda. Yep. This is how we meet social worker Donna … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 10: An Open Thread


This space is for conversation between commenters.* If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here. And so on. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. For those who are interested, I also try to have regular open posts specifically on children and parenting is … [Read more...]

“Daylight Robbery”

Above Rubies

I was struck recently by this bit by Nancy Campbell, on Above Rubies: Last night my husband and I were talking to our daughter-in-law. My husband asked her, "What is your main reason for homeschooling? "I don't want to be robbed of the time I can spend with my children," she replied. And that's a lot of hours! During the twelve years of a child's schooling (before they even go away to college), they will be away from home for THREE full years of their life! And that's not counting day care o … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Introducing a New Review Series

Anonymous Tip

Guess what just came in the mail? That's right, Michael Farris's novel, Anonymous Tip. Today I begin a new series---I will be reviewing the book in installments in the same way I reviewed Created To Be His Help Meet.Michael Farris published Anonymous Tip in 1996. I read the book as a teenager star-struck by Farris. After all, my family had long been members of his organization, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). I read the organization's publication---The Home School Court … [Read more...]