Things HSLDA Opposes: Required Medical Exams for Public School Students


Click here to read the full series.While researching for this series, I came upon this from Illinois in 2009:Summary: Amends the School Code. With respect to the requirement that children enrolling in kindergarten have an eye examination, requires the use of dilating drops for the internal and external examination. HSLDA’s Position: Oppose.No explanation, nothing. HSLDA has absolutely no reason to weigh in on this at all. It does not affect homeschoolers in any way. That they di … [Read more...]

HSLDA, Champion of Gay Teens?


Telling half truths was easier before the internet---as was covering up past missteps.Back in September, a ThinkProgress article noted the following: One common attack on HSLDA has been that its work often extends to topics that are not directly connected to the rights of homeschoolers … In the 2006 [sic], the group even lobbied for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. A statement on the group’s website explained that because “Same-sex marriage attacks the traditions of the f … [Read more...]

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...]