The Educational Inequality That Begins at Home

We take Sally and Bobby to the library regularly, and read to them quite a bit. They love books, and they love learning. We watch Cosmos and other educational shows on Netflix with them. We practice math problems in the shower, and write notes back and forth with Sally to encourage her reading and writing skills. We do science experiments at the kitchen table, and talk about history. Read more

Not All Days Are Easy Days

When I write about parenting, my pieces are usually upbeat and happy. I’m sharing some new connection I’ve made with my children, or something I’ve learned or realized. Today I simply want to point out that not every day is a good day. There are days when the children are yelling at each other and can’t seem to play nicely, and days when I’m trying to finish a project and they’re continually asking me for things, like I’m a dispenser of some sort. Read more

Anonymous Tip: Meet the Prosecutor

Honestly, we get more character development of Gail here than we’ve gotten of Donna in all these pages! All we really know about Donna is that she is her department’s ace investigator, that she was a party girl in college, and that she’s dating a rich kid who is about to graduate from law school top in his class and has daddy issues. We have very little to help us understand why Donna is acting the way she is. Read more

How HSLDA Talks About Abuse

And so, when I got to that part of HSLDA’s statement, I wanted to tear my hair out. This is no way to talk about abuse. This sort of rhetoric undermines what little chance abused children may have of getting help—especially when they are homeschooled and the number of adults they may have contact with outside of their parents’ circle of friends and acquaintances is limited. Read more

What Acceptance Can Mean

I recently stumbled upon a guest post on Camels with Hammers that I found quite interesting. In it the author, Alexandra, wrote about what it was like growing evangelical in France. She very effectively got at something I attempted to write about a few weeks ago—that when you are in a religious subculture, being treated judged or mocked by those in mainstream culture will only make you become entrenched further in that subculture, because it is there and only there you will feel accepted and valued and loved. Read more

Men Rape and Women Seduce: John Piper’s Deleted Tweet

Make no mistake about it, Piper is equating men raping with women seducing. Same sin, different form. There are so many problems with this! Perhaps most prominently, a man can say “no” to seduction, but a woman cannot say “no” to rape. Giving in to seduction is voluntary. Rape? Not so voluntary. Given my own consent-based sexual ethics, I find it appalling that one could equate the two and treat them as the same sin. But then, Piper does not operate from consent-based sexual ethics. Read more

What Makes a Person an “Atheist” Parent?

What, exactly, is an atheist parent anyway? Is an atheist parent simply an individual who happens to believe in God and is also a parent? That does not appear to be the definition Kate is using, or she would not be annoyed with Bones for allowing Christine to be baptized. Kate says “it’s OK if a grown-up has doubts about God, even if she doesn’t believe. It’s not so OK if she raises her kids that way.” But what does that mean, exactly? Read more

Crosspost: Fundamentalist Approved Feminist Literature

I read constantly. It was a way to find out more about the world outside my parents home, and escape from the day in day out monotony, and other than our family movie nights, some of my only entertainment. Read more

Anonymous Tip: Donna Hatches a Plan

In other words, Code B means falsifying reports and making things up in order to charge parents with abuse they are not actually guilty of. And in spite of Blackburn’s desire to win top child advocate and to keep his office number one in the state, he’s on board with this. Ostensibly, he’s trying to avoid getting sued. But if they’re closing the case anyway, would Gwen really sue? And if she did sue, she would only have a case if the office had done something wrong. Read more

On Responding to Abuse Allegations

It is easy to call out abuse carried out by your enemy, but far, far harder to call out abuse carried out by someone on your own team. I get that. But if we are serious about calling out abuse and protecting victims, we have to be willing do this in every forum, including our own. I only hope that Rachel Held Evans remembers that. Read more

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