Does Homeschooling Really Give Children Freedom?

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After writing a post exploring (or failing to explore) the potential positives of homeschooling, I had an additional thought. Over and over again when I look at lists of the good things about homeschooling, I see "freedom" rise to the top. Freedom from the constricting schedule of a formal school, freedom to go at your own pace, freedom to choose what to study and when to study it, freedom to go on educational trips or randomly leave formal homework unfinished and head outside to a more … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: What is the purpose of marriage?

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It's 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 on the ethical relevance of pride two weeks ago, and with that said, it’s time to turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt.The Christian Right is constantly talking about the importance of "traditional marriage" while the recent focus of the LGBTQ rights movement has been on marriage equality. Every few months there is yet another article in a mainstream n … [Read more...]

I Was Grace Evans; Or, Using Children as Political Props

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When I first heard about an eleven year old girl speaking against marriage equality before a Minnesota hearing, I immediately wondered if she was someone I knew. Why? Because it was so, so familiar. The truth is, I've been there. I never spoke before a house committee, sure, but when I was that age my father was quick to push me forward to speak to reporters in support of "traditional marriage," or against abortion, or in favor of gun rights, or what have you. And I saw this pattern repeated … [Read more...]

Can’t You Say Anything Good about Homeschooling?

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I've been fairly critical of homeschooling in a good number of blog posts over the past two years. One thing I've been asked a number of times is whether, looking back, there was anything about my homeschooling experience that was positive. It's true that Sierra of the Phoenix an the Olive Branch and Lana of Wide Open Ground, while generally critical of many things about homeschooling and their own homeschool background, have both written posts outlining the things they found positive about … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, part V: The Princes Come Riding

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So with her father's blessing light upon her, she rode away beside the prince; and ever after, all her life was crowned with happiness as it had been written for her in the stars. In part I of this series I offered some background to Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 short story The Three Weavers, and in part II the story began as three weavers---Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar---who live side-by-side and have similar fortunes, bore three infant daughters---Hertha, Huberta, and Hildegard. At each … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, part IV: The Girls Weave On

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So with her father's blessing light upon her, she rode away beside the prince; and ever after, all her life was crowned with happiness as it had been written for her in the stars. In part I of this series I offered some background to Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 short story The Three Weavers, and in part II the story began as three weavers---Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar---who live side-by-side and have similar fortunes, bore three infant daughters---Hertha, Huberta, and Hildegard. At each … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Don’t Take Your Mr. Steady for Granted

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 86-92 God is as steady as an eternal rock, caring, providing, and faithful, like a priest---like Jesus Christ. Debi says Mr. Command Man is like God the Father, Mr. Visionary is like the Holy Spirit, and Mr. Steady is like Jesus. She does not cite any Bible verses as proof, or discuss how she formulated this idea. She just asserts it.I wrote last week that my husband Sean fits Debi's definition of a Visionary Man perfectly. Well, I recognized Debi's Mr. … [Read more...]


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