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...]

HSLDA: Man Who Kept Children in Cages “a Hero”

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In my recent series on HSLDA and child abuse, I revealed that HSLDA has lobbied against bills banning excessive corporal punishment and in favor of cutting down on the ways child abuse tips may be made, but at the time I wrote that series I hadn't found hard evidence of HSLDA defending and praising known child abusers. I now have that information.It may make you sick to your stomach. It may make you feel the urge to vomit. It did all of that to me and more. But it also made me angry. Angry, … [Read more...]

“The Rod Is a Tool To Stay Connected.” Say What?

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I recently got a rather odd comment on a post in which I discussed Michael and Debi Pearl and their child training methods: You are taking the book out of context. The point they continued to emphasize was that you need to keep in communion with your children and the rod is a tool to stay connected. Look, the book is now online, so it's not like people can't read it for themselves and see whether or not I'm not taking it out of context (I'm not). But the thing is, it is true that the Pearls … [Read more...]

Guest Post: HSLDA—Why We Fear the Child Snatchers

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A Guest Post by AnonymousI wrote a post for Homeschoolers Anonymous. My parents know. They are supportive. They understand, after years of homeschooling, that there are some crazy people who believe some really crazy things in homeschooling.I love that they not only understand that, but readily acknowledge it. My parents, like many other homeschooling parents, got sucked into the system. But they broke free, as I did as well.We’ve been talking a lot lately about HA, in fact. It’s bee … [Read more...]


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