New Survivor Blogs?

What with all of the Homeschoolers Anonymous activism and the rest, I've started to notice that there are a whole lot more of what I term "survivor blogs" than I currently have on my list. So, I want to add to and revamp my list.For my survivor blogs, I am most interested in bloggers who were themselves homeschooled and are today critical or some or all of the homeschool culture in which they grew up. They do not have to blog about homeschooling directly, but from time to time they should at … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Earning Your Abuser’s Trust

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 132-133***trigger warning for domestic violence***This section is called "Earning His Trust," and calling it that is messed up on about three million levels, as we shall see. It is the story of a young woman named Sunny. Years ago I knew a sweet young girl who was really dumb. She had a very tender heart (which she thought was GOd's love and compassion in her), and she always showed a weakness for guys who "needed" her. Her name was Sunny, and she was as … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Methodological Problems with Brian Ray’s Study on Youth and Religion

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A Guest Post by Apodosis Libby Anne posted recently about a new survey conducted by Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute, a non-profit which conducts studies of questionable scientific validity on homeschooling. As a Ph.D. social scientist myself, I looked over the new survey with a critical eye and I'm sorry to say there won't be much useable data gleaned from it because it is rife with methodological problems.The survey has over 100 questions and nearly every q … [Read more...]

My Brothers Too: Purity Culture and Double Standards

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Every time purity culture issues come up---purity rings, purity balls, saving your first kiss for the wedding---someone inevitably makes an argument about double standards. Sometimes these commenters are absolutely right---modesty discussions almost without fail involve a double standard---but other times, well, it's not so simple.In the conservative evangelical homeschool circles I ran in as a teen and young adult, boys didn't get a pass on not having sex before marriage. Guys were expected … [Read more...]

Brainwashed Shock Troops

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Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and probably the most visible Christian homeschool leader, is fond of calling his generation the Moses Generation and my generation the Joshua Generation. Christian homeschooling parents, he says, removed their children from the perils of Egypt (aka the public school system) and educated them in the wilderness (aka homeschooling them) in order to send them forth to conquer Canaan (aka take America back for Christ). This really … [Read more...]

Dear Prudence on Neglectful Homeschooling

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We recently saw Dear Abby respond to an isolated homeschooler, and now Dear Prudence has broached the subject of neglectful homeschooling in a reply to one of her readers.Q. Child Abuse—Nonphysical: My partner of 15 years has a 14-year-old grandson who visits us every other summer for a week. We have nurtured this young man as best we can. His mother moved him to another state when he was 6 and fails to follow the child-custody agreements (no school report cards, no weekly phone calls, li … [Read more...]

George Zimmerman and Race in America

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I was raised in a family where we "didn't see race." This was the world of "colorblind" conservatism. I believed we lived in a post-racial world where everyone was equal and it was the quality of your character that mattered, not the color of your skin. And then I grew up, and I realized that the era of racial equality I thought I had been living in was a fairytale---a myth.We are at this moment in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin. A friend of mine … [Read more...]


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