Homeschooling To Avoid the Truancy Officer

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There is a homeschool truancy problem. To be more specific, there is currently a problem with parents of chronically truant children claiming that they homeschool in order to get around truancy laws and avoid prosecution, and then not actually homeschooling. I'm not talking about people who make the choice to homeschool their children for religious or educational or social reasons and then set about making an effort to give them a good education---I'm talking about parents who deliberatly make … [Read more...]

Guest Post: On Fundamental Rights, HSLDA, and Homeschooling

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A Guest Post by Kathryn ElizabethI wasn’t planning on writing more about HSLDA but I was talking to my mom today about HSLDA’s refusal to do anything about child abuse and how it made absolutely zero sense to defend abusers. As I moved on to talking about how I feel that they’re using the Romeike family as pawns in their effort to establish homeschooling as a fundamental right, something dawned on me.Notice that phrase “fundamental right”? It’s a phrase they’ve been throwing around an awf … [Read more...]

What I Liked about My Homeschool Experience


My parents were the kind of people that were always learning. My mother was very crafty and was always tackling a new sewing project and my father was always reading and always ready to take the time to teach us children things about nature or science. They modeled this for us and taught us to love learning as well. It was about discovery, and tackling new things, and about always seeing life as an adventure. Dad designed playground equipment and we children helped him build it, and mom taught … [Read more...]

“One More Never Made a Difference”


I grew up in a very large homeschooling family, and people were always surprised when they found out how many children my parents had. Sometimes it came from a stranger, a sort of incredulous sort of shock. Sometimes, coming from other homeschooling parents, it was a sort of admiring awe. One thing I remember clearly is my mom's response to people's shock, surprise, and awe. After about five kids, one more never made a difference! At the time, I smiled and nodded in agreement. We children ate … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: You Only Think You’re Spiritual!


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 109-10Women, in general, give the appearance of being more spiritual than men. They like to dabble in soulish thoughts. There are many ways of expressing spirituality, but most of them have nothing to do with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. We ladies are more inclined to trust in our feelings and intuition than are men, which makes us more subject to deception, just like sister Eve. Feelings and intuition are ever-changing. The Word of God is objective and … [Read more...]

Checks and Balances—Except for Homechooling?

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Growing up, I heard a lot about the importance of checks and balances in our government. My parents explained that the checks and balances in our government---the sharing of power between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches---ensure that our country will not become a dictatorship. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, they explained time and again.But it was  like all of this was erased from their brains when they started talking about their right to homeschool. Instead, any … [Read more...]

Homeschool Regulations: Your Turn


Lately, I've been written a lot about why I think there needs to be some reasonable regulation and oversight of homeschooling, but while I've made a few suggestions in the comments sections I haven't really laid out any sort of actual plan of what I think this should look like. Part of the reason is that I'm not completely sure about that myself yet. But just this morning, one of my readers made an interesting request: Would Libby Anne be willing to open up a post just for debating what … [Read more...]