Why Is Calling for Homeschooling Reform Taboo?

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When individuals who attended public school talk about the negative experiences they had, point out that many public schools are failing or that certain practices in public schools leave much to be desired, and call for improving the schools and reforming public education, they don't face accusations of being anti-public school, of just being bitter, of being angry at their parents, or of over-generalizing and calling all public schools universally bad. No one tries to silence them for "giving … [Read more...]

I Am in a Huffington Post Article on Children and Politics

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This week I appeared in a Huffington Post article on children's voices in the marriage equality debate."Libby Anne," a blogger for faith website Patheos, who uses a pseudonym so that her parents do not read her work and retaliate by cutting off contact with her younger siblings, recently wrote a post that said she spoke out against gay marriage as a child and now regrets it."I never spoke before a House committee, sure, but when I was that age, my father was quick to push me forward to … [Read more...]

Street Harassment Is Not Flattery

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I was sitting outside a store eating ice cream with a friend when a car pulled up to a light on the street in front of us. The windows were rolled down, and there were two twenty something guys inside. They looked at us and started yelling at us."Hey ladies! Come get in the car with us! Lets go get a beer!"Mortified, my friend and I refused to look in their way and tried to continue our conversation. We'd done nothing to invited these men's attention beyond sitting outside while female. … [Read more...]

The Knight in Shining Armor

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I am no longer surprised when I meet a woman raised in the same quiverfull Christian homeschooling culture as I who grew up to leave it all and yet still married young. There are a number of reasons for this, including habit and familial expectation. But I want to focus on a few common themes I've noticed in these situations, and the way these themes come together to create what I call the knight in shining armor phenomenon.First, its important to bear in mind that one part of the entire … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Butter Churn, the Carrot, and the Stick

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 94-98Debi starts off this section by discussing the 1989 movie Dad. I haven't seen it so I have only the wikipedia summary to go off of. Basically, a busy young executive is called home to help his ailing parents, and he ends up helping his dad, who had been growing senile, live more fully and learns to live more fully himself in the process. Upon waking up from a coma, the father suffers delusions that he spent his life on a dairy farm, rather than as an … [Read more...]

Daily Beast Article on Homeschoolers Anonymous

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When I first started blogging there were essentially no homeschool graduates speaking out about the downsides of homeschooling. When I put up my first post critical of homeschooling, I felt like I had killed a sacred cow. I grew up in a world where homeschooling was viewed as a perfect panacea, all positives and benefits and sunshine and rainbows. Coming from that world, what I did in talking about the downsides of homeschooling was taboo.Fast forward almost two years today and so much has … [Read more...]

Sally, Clara Oswald, and Doctor Who

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***Doctor Who Spoiler Ahead***"I am going to die and come alive again," Sally informed me recently."Um, okay," I replied. "Do you know of someone who did that?" I asked, curious where her comment was coming from."Yes," she answered confidently."Who?" I persisted. I frequently read her Bible story books, alongside fairy tales, Greek mythology, and Curious George, so I expected that the answer would be "Jesus.""Clara in Doctor Who!" she replied with excitement.In other words, when … [Read more...]


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