Checks and Balances—Except for Homechooling?

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Growing up, I heard a lot about the importance of checks and balances in our government. My parents explained that the checks and balances in our government---the sharing of power between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches---ensure that our country will not become a dictatorship. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, they explained time and again.But it was  like all of this was erased from their brains when they started talking about their right to homeschool. Instead, any … [Read more...]

Homeschool Regulations: Your Turn

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Lately, I've been written a lot about why I think there needs to be some reasonable regulation and oversight of homeschooling, but while I've made a few suggestions in the comments sections I haven't really laid out any sort of actual plan of what I think this should look like. Part of the reason is that I'm not completely sure about that myself yet. But just this morning, one of my readers made an interesting request: Would Libby Anne be willing to open up a post just for debating what … [Read more...]

I’ve Had Enough: My Reply to HSLDA’s Response

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HSLDA has now offered an official response to my post about their defense of child abusers. Interestingly, they didn't bother to link to my article, or even mention it by name. Were they worried that people would actually read it for themselves, and then not find their response convincing? Regardless, their response actually confirms that I had my details correct in that post, and also cements the concerns and problems I have with them as an organization. In this post I will look at their … [Read more...]

Who Are HSLDA’s “Clients”? Not the Children.

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One commenter on my post on HSLDA's defense of child abusers argued that I was misunderstanding how legal ethics works, and that HSLDA was simply defending its clients. As she explained: They have simply represented their clients' interests in being able to maintain custody of their children and direct their education. Ah, but there's the rub, isn't it? Who are HSLDA's clients? Whose interests does HSLDA look out for? The parents. And in the case of the Carrolls, HSLDA defended the right of a … [Read more...]

Homeschooling To Hide Abuse

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I recently wrote about what happens when abusive parents homeschool. In this post I want to look specifically at cases when abusive parents start homeschooling in an effort to hide their abuse. In other words, these aren't parents who start homeschooling for religious or educational reasons, or even because they like the control it gives them. These are parents who start homeschooling because there are abuse reports being made against them by their children's teachers.I'll warn you once … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: What Is the Purpose of Public Education?

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I’ts that time of the month again! Head on over to Camels with Hammers to see Dan’s roundup of the posts written in response to his prompt about our ethical responsibilities in the face of shocking public violence two weeks ago. You may also want to check out the online philosophy classes Dan is offering using google hangout---they sound like an awesome experience! And now let's turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt.Recently, I've been devoting some time to writing about homeschooling here … [Read more...]

Sex and Chewing Gum: The Danger of Purity Culture

Elizabeth Smart

Remember how I wrote recently about how the belief that one's virginity is of utmost importance can make women stay in abusive relationships they might otherwise leave? Well, it's worse than that. Elizabeth Smart, a girl who was kidnapped at age 14 in 2002 and held captive for almost a year before she was rescued, recently explained that these exact ideas about sexual purity can aid and abet human trafficking. Rescued kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart said Wednesday she understands why some … [Read more...]


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