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...]

I’ve Had Enough: My Reply to HSLDA’s Response


HSLDA has now offered an official response to my post about their defense of child abusers. Interestingly, they didn't bother to link to my article, or even mention it by name. Were they worried that people would actually read it for themselves, and then not find their response convincing? Regardless, their response actually confirms that I had my details correct in that post, and also cements the concerns and problems I have with them as an organization. In this post I will look at their … [Read more...]

Who Are HSLDA’s “Clients”? Not the Children.


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...]