Daily Beast Article on Homeschoolers Anonymous

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When I first started blogging there were essentially no homeschool graduates speaking out about the downsides of homeschooling. When I put up my first post critical of homeschooling, I felt like I had killed a sacred cow. I grew up in a world where homeschooling was viewed as a perfect panacea, all positives and benefits and sunshine and rainbows. Coming from that world, what I did in talking about the downsides of homeschooling was taboo. Fast forward almost two years today and so much has … [Read more...]

Sally, Clara Oswald, and Doctor Who

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***Doctor Who Spoiler Ahead*** "I am going to die and come alive again," Sally informed me recently. "Um, okay," I replied. "Do you know of someone who did that?" I asked, curious where her comment was coming from. "Yes," she answered confidently. "Who?" I persisted. I frequently read her Bible story books, alongside fairy tales, Greek mythology, and Curious George, so I expected that the answer would be "Jesus." "Clara in Doctor Who!" she replied with excitement. In other words, when … [Read more...]

“So What Do You Do?”

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Several weeks ago I introduced myself to the mother of one of the children at Sally’s preschool. “So what do you do?” I asked her after we exchanged names. We went on to talk about our respective careers, but this exchange brought my mind back to an exchange I had years ago when my mother tried to explain why retirement was being so hard for my grandfather. “The first question men ask after they meet each other is ‘what do you do?’” she told me. “And once they’ve retired, … [Read more...]

The Bizarre Libertarian/Christian Reconstructionist Alliance

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Ron Paul has just announced a new K-12 curriculum for homeschooled students---The Ron Paul Curriculum. It is comprehensive---history, economics, math, science, literature, Bible---and focuses on the "biblical principle" of self responsibility and the history of liberty. It advertises itself as incredibly academically rigorous---such that a student who makes it through will test out of the first two years of college. All of this honestly sounds like standard fare for these circles---not unlike … [Read more...]

Lost and Found: A Friendship, a Shunning, and an Apology

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While I talk a lot about my background here on the blog, I generally maintain some level of distance. Today I want to narrow that distance by sharing an email from a young woman who was a good friend of mine growing up. We'll call her Kate. Her email reduced me to tears and reveals a lot about just how this sort of culture functions---and about how and why shunning occurs. Kate was a good bit younger than I but was one of my closest friends during my high school years. She was homeschooled … [Read more...]

Why I’m a Feminist First

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Remember when I asked which you would find more rage inducing---a patriarchal atheist or a patriarchal Christian? Well, I have a bit of an update. In that very short post---more a conversation starter than a post, really---I offered this quote from a male atheist named Jesse Powell: When I look at the relentlessly deteriorating family situation so obvious in the world around us today my conclusion regarding the source of this disaster is that American family life is being destroyed because of … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, part VI: Alternative Endings

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At the end of my series on the sexual purity morality tale, The Three Weavers (part I, part II, part III, part IV, part V), a number of readers offered alternate endings. I enjoyed these so thoroughly I wanted to bring them together here as a sort of epilogue. Feel free to add your own additional alternate endings in the comment section! If you haven't read the story, here's a quick summary. Three weavers, Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar, each had a daughter, Hertha, Huberta, and … [Read more...]


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