HSLDA and the Deregulation of Homeschooling

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In this series examining the actions of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), we've discussed HSLDA's efforts to minimize child abuse reporting, stonewall child abuse investigations, and keep excessive corporal punishment legal. In this post we're going to change gears and look at HSLDA's efforts against homeschool regulations, efforts that, in effect, remove compulsory education and legalize educational neglect.Let me put it like this: HSLDA is against any oversight of … [Read more...]

Trained Monkeys and Seeing-Eye Dogs

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If parents carefully and consistently train up their children, their performance will be superior to that of a well-trained seeing-eye dog. This quote from Michael Pearl brought to mind a section in Robert Kunzman's book, Write These Laws on Your Children: Inside the World of Conservative Christian Homeschooling. In this excerpt, Kunzman, a researcher, is visiting a large homeschooling family in Tennessee who follow the Pearls child training methods. Gary, the father, demonstrates his child … [Read more...]

The Key to the Liquor Store

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One response to the stories of pain and abuse being aired at Homeschoolers Anonymous is that the problem isn't homeschooling, it's fundamentalism. Or, the problem isn't homeschooling, it's abusive parents. Homeschooling has nothing to do with it, they insist. Leave homeschooling out of it, they say. But I won't do that, and there's a reason for that.The sort of unregulated homeschooling that we have today, without any form of checks and balances, allows parents with abusive tenancies to a … [Read more...]

Commenting Problems!

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Many apologies to everyone who has been having problems commenting here, which I understand have been accelerating recently. The "you're posting too fast" message is something a lot of people are getting.It seems this is a problem with the Patheos commenting system---it's that there are too many comments total being posted on all Patheos blogs in that moment, not that an individual commenter is commenting too quickly. I am told that they will be doing a system-wide fix to resolve this … [Read more...]

HSLDA’s Defense of Child Abuse

Child-abuse

This post is part of a series examining the role of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in aiding and abetting child abuse. I have previously looked at HSLDA's efforts to prevent the reporting of child abuse and their efforts to stonewall child abuse investigations. In this post I will turn to HSLDA's defense of child abuse.HSLDA has made a name for itself defending parents' right to spank their children and spends a good bit of its time and energy monitoring and opposing new … [Read more...]

Purity Culture and Staying in Abusive Relationships

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There is one part of the purity doctrines that I don't think has been talked about often enough, and that is that the emphasis on sexual or emotional purity leads women to stay in abusive relationships rather than leave, because if they leave, having given up their sexual and emotional purity, they will be ruined and no other man will have them. This reality was recently elucidated in a rather moving post by Samantha of Defeating the Dragons: When I was fourteen, I went to a month-long summer c … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflection: Fundamentalist Homeschooling Is a Poison

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A Guest Post by Isaiah I have mixed feelings about homeschooling, to say the least. While I find many, if not most, of the common criticisms of homeschooling to have some kind of validity, I still feel myself cringe when homeschoolers are caricatured as deranged fundamentalists since I know from experience that there is more to the story. My experience with homeschooling consists of extremely varied highs and lows---the highs of a dedicated and capable parent as a teacher, an education that fit … [Read more...]


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