Forward Thinking: What Is the Purpose of Public Education?

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I’ts 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 about our ethical responsibilities in the face of shocking public violence two weeks ago. You may also want to check out the online philosophy classes Dan is offering using google hangout---they sound like an awesome experience! And now let's turn to our next Forward Thinking prompt. Recently, I've been devoting some time to writing about … [Read more...]

Sex and Chewing Gum: The Danger of Purity Culture

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Remember how I wrote recently about how the belief that one's virginity is of utmost importance can make women stay in abusive relationships they might otherwise leave? Well, it's worse than that. Elizabeth Smart, a girl who was kidnapped at age 14 in 2002 and held captive for almost a year before she was rescued, recently explained that these exact ideas about sexual purity can aid and abet human trafficking. Rescued kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart said Wednesday she understands why some … [Read more...]

HSLDA: Man Who Kept Children in Cages “a Hero”

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In my recent series on HSLDA and child abuse, I revealed that HSLDA has lobbied against bills banning excessive corporal punishment and in favor of cutting down on the ways child abuse tips may be made, but at the time I wrote that series I hadn't found hard evidence of HSLDA defending and praising known child abusers. I now have that information. It may make you sick to your stomach. It may make you feel the urge to vomit. It did all of that to me and more. But it also made me angry. Angry, … [Read more...]

“The Rod Is a Tool To Stay Connected.” Say What?

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I recently got a rather odd comment on a post in which I discussed Michael and Debi Pearl and their child training methods: You are taking the book out of context. The point they continued to emphasize was that you need to keep in communion with your children and the rod is a tool to stay connected. Look, the book is now online, so it's not like people can't read it for themselves and see whether or not I'm not taking it out of context (I'm not). But the thing is, it is true that the Pearls … [Read more...]

Guest Post: HSLDA—Why We Fear the Child Snatchers

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A Guest Post by Anonymous I wrote a post for Homeschoolers Anonymous. My parents know. They are supportive. They understand, after years of homeschooling, that there are some crazy people who believe some really crazy things in homeschooling. I love that they not only understand that, but readily acknowledge it. My parents, like many other homeschooling parents, got sucked into the system. But they broke free, as I did as well. We’ve been talking a lot lately about HA, in fact. It’s … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Woman Was Deceived

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 106---108 This chapter is called "The Nature of Man and Woman." Last week, in the first section of this chapter, we learned that it is in men's nature to beat their chests and roar at each other while women by nature sit back, admire, and wait to be conquered. This next section is called "The Woman Was Deceived." I think you can guess the topic. Debi starts by telling the story of the fallen angel Lucifer and God's creation of Adam. Debi explains that Adam … [Read more...]

When Abusive Parents Homeschool

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Earlier today I talked a bit about some of the things abusive and neglectful parents might find attractive about homeschooling. Now I want to look at what happens when abusive parents homeschool their children. Sometimes these parents homeschool for the same reasons as anyone else---for religious or educational reasons, for instance---and sometimes they homeschool for other reasons---because they want to have complete control over their children, or to hide their abuse. Whatever their reasons, … [Read more...]


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