HSLDA’s Fight against Child Abuse Reporting

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This is the second post in a series looking at the relationship between HSLDA and both child abuse and educational neglect. In the introduction, I discussed my background with HSLDA and HSLDA's move from focusing on the legality of homeschooling to protecting families from child abuse investigations. In this post I turn to HSLDA's opposition to the reporting of child abuse. And I will warn you---this gets progressively worse as we go along.Opposition to the Anonymous TipIn testimony … [Read more...]

HSLDA and Child Abuse: An Introduction

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As a homeschooled child, Michael Farris, the founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), was my hero. It was HSLDA, I believed, that had given my parents the right to homeschool, and that continued to protect our rights against government encroachment. This made what I have learned about the organization upon adulthood that much harder to absorb and fully comprehend. Put simply, HSLDA is doing everything it can to keep people from reporting child abuse and to inhibit child … [Read more...]

Saving Children from Africa: A Quiverfull Adoption Fad

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Remember that little Lydia Schatz, disciplined to death by her parents, was adopted from Liberia? Well, this wasn't an abnormality. It was actually kind of a thing in quiverfull homeschooling families. I knew this as a kid because I noticed the trend in quiverfull publication Above Rubies magazine, which my family began subscribing to sometime in the 1990s. Throughout the early and mid 2000s, this magazine was peppered with images of families like the one shown above, this one a photo of Above … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: The Purpose of Marriage

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Forward Thinking is a values development project created in collaboration with Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers. Dan is introducing our next prompt today (head on over to see it!), but in this post I will pull together some of the responses to this month’s prompt: “What do is the purpose of marriage?” There was lively debate in the comments section of the original prompt, and nearly a dozen blog posts were written in response.I was impressed by the number of posts this month, and am glad to … [Read more...]

Why Is Calling for Homeschooling Reform Taboo?

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When individuals who attended public school talk about the negative experiences they had, point out that many public schools are failing or that certain practices in public schools leave much to be desired, and call for improving the schools and reforming public education, they don't face accusations of being anti-public school, of just being bitter, of being angry at their parents, or of over-generalizing and calling all public schools universally bad. No one tries to silence them for "giving … [Read more...]

I Am in a Huffington Post Article on Children and Politics

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This week I appeared in a Huffington Post article on children's voices in the marriage equality debate."Libby Anne," a blogger for faith website Patheos, who uses a pseudonym so that her parents do not read her work and retaliate by cutting off contact with her younger siblings, recently wrote a post that said she spoke out against gay marriage as a child and now regrets it."I never spoke before a House committee, sure, but when I was that age, my father was quick to push me forward to … [Read more...]

Street Harassment Is Not Flattery

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I was sitting outside a store eating ice cream with a friend when a car pulled up to a light on the street in front of us. The windows were rolled down, and there were two twenty something guys inside. They looked at us and started yelling at us."Hey ladies! Come get in the car with us! Lets go get a beer!"Mortified, my friend and I refused to look in their way and tried to continue our conversation. We'd done nothing to invited these men's attention beyond sitting outside while female. … [Read more...]


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