A Guest Post by Darcy. Sometimes when homeschool alumni tell stories about the way things were — the things we were taught, stuff our parents said, and the teachings we practiced — we are not really believed. Our recollections are met with incredulity, doubt, and outright disbelief. Sometimes, our own parents are the ones telling us “that didn’t happen like that, you aren’t remembering correctly, I never said/did/taught/believed those things”. Those presently homeschooling deny that homeschoolers were like that and tell us “well, you were just part of a small group of extremists”. Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Kids These Days When Empathy Doesn’t “Work”, by Aha Parenting The Breakfast Club, Updated, by Almost Diamonds Feminism & Gender Crafting Gender, by School of Doubt Is Barbie a Feminist Now? by Sociological Images Consent Isn’t Enough, by Samantha Field Reproductive Justice What’s… Read more

Now, don’t think I haven’t seen you all in the comments making bets on what happens to Gwen’s husband Gordon! Where do you place the odds now? Does (a) Gordon die in a tragic accident; (b) Peter change his mind about divorced women; or (c) Farris keep the two unmarried at the end of the book. And if you’ve read it, no spoilers! Read more

At the very least, we can refuse to let individuals like Daubenmire and Sorbo off the hook when they repeat the same rhetoric that led to the Planned Parenthood shootings, and we can hold them and other anti-abortion activists accountable for condemning anti-abortion violence without caveats. Condemning the shootings in one sentence while arguing that Robert Dear’s crime is nothing compared to the grisly murder that takes place inside Planned Parenthood clinics every day simply doesn’t cut it. It’s time to hold their feet to the fire. Read more

I am no longer afraid of so many things, fears that have been a part of my life for as far back as I have memories. And that changes a person. It takes a huge weight off their shoulders that makes every aspect of their life lighter. So, yes, I am different these days. I am whole. I am unashamedly, gloriously me. And I am not afraid any more. Read more

And that, perhaps, is why I am so puzzled when I see Michael praised for opposing the cultish family structures that often occur in cases of extreme homeschool isolation, as though what Michael describes is not also very cultish indeed. Michael advises parents to cut their children off from contact with any children who are not being homeschooled and raised with the same standards and expectations, to ensure that their children will not be “corrupted.” The fact that he sees children outside of his circles as such a threat alone should be a blaring warning sign. Read more

Several months ago, while reading articles about the refugee crisis, I came upon a video from Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian aid organization working in Greece to help Syrian refugees off of their rafts as they land. I was especially struck by some lines near the end of the video. Start at the 5:10 marker. Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Child Advocacy The Trouble with American Views of Female Genital Cutting, by Sociological Images Statement Regarding Adrian Jones, by the Coalition for Responsible Home Education Jonathan and Alison Schumm Abuse Case Raises Questions, by Homeschoolers Anonymous Politics & Activism There Is Space… Read more

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