When Abusive Parents Homeschool

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Earlier today I talked a bit about some of the things abusive and neglectful parents might find attractive about homeschooling. Now I want to look at what happens when abusive parents homeschool their children. Sometimes these parents homeschool for the same reasons as anyone else---for religious or educational reasons, for instance---and sometimes they homeschool for other reasons---because they want to have complete control over their children, or to hide their abuse. Whatever their reasons, … [Read more...]

Why Homeschooling Is Attractive to Abusive Parents

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Last week a homeschool father named Steve left a comment on a post about HSLDA's efforts to deregulate homeschooling, and I found what he had to say very familiar. "Homeschooling" parents have manifestly demonstrated that they are willing (and able) to take a far more responsible and active role in child-rearing. Clearly they must be far less likely, on average, to neglect their children. Look at it this way: will a neglectful parent homeschool? He will not. Doing so would require an … [Read more...]

Solving the “Problem” of Stay at Home Moms

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Early on in graduate school I met a woman who identifies as a second wave feminist (personally, I'm third wave all the way). She told me that she's opposed to stay at home moms, because every time a woman drops out of the workforce, or declines to enter it, she stands in the way of gender equality and makes things harder for women as a whole. How? Well, the greater the number of women who drop out of the workforce, the more likely employers will be to view women as a risky investment---and the … [Read more...]

Dear Pearls: Crying Is How Babies Communicate

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I spent an hour this evening at the park with Sally and Bobby. I put Bobby in a swing, and gave him a good push, and you should have seen his face---it was like he'd just realized he had wings! After he'd been in the swing for about fifteen minutes, I took Bobby out to take him to play with something else. He immediately stiffened and started screaming, bucking and thrashing until it was all I could do to hold onto him (he's getting big!). So I put him down and watched him crumple, collapsing on … [Read more...]

Did R. C. Sproul Jr. Incite Anti-Abortion Violence?

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Let me tell you a story of two seemingly unconnected events. Both took place in Bloomington, Indiana, in early April of this year. Event #1: The first event took place on April 5th on the campus of Indiana University. It was that evening that Clearnote Campus Fellowship, the student outreach arm of Clearnote Church, brought in R.C. Sproul Jr. as a guest speaker. Sproul Jr. is a popular conservative pastor and theologian. This same group, Clearnote Campus Fellowship, brought Douglas Wilson as a … [Read more...]

Who D’you Think Made Your Clothes?

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When we (by and large) stopped having sweatshops in the United States, sweat shops didn't disappear, they just relocated. Today our clothes come from countries like Vietnam and Bangladesh, and they're still made under the horrific working conditions that caused things like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire a century ago. Our clothing is still made using child labor and working hours much longer than we would consider humane. Even though we like to think we are, we're not really any better … [Read more...]

When a Gospel of Servanthood and Suffering Stands in the Way of Equality and Justice

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Transcription:Question: What if the wife is the victim of the husband's hostility?Answer: There is no "victim" if we understand that we are called to suffer for righteousness. "For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps." I Peter 2:21 Christ was not a victim! He willingly gave His life for us. "By whose stripes you were healed . . . likewise you wives . . . " I Peter 2:24; 3:1 Christ's life teaches us h … [Read more...]


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