Homeschooling To Hide Abuse

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I recently wrote about what happens when abusive parents homeschool. In this post I want to look specifically at cases when abusive parents start homeschooling in an effort to hide their abuse. In other words, these aren't parents who start homeschooling for religious or educational reasons, or even because they like the control it gives them. These are parents who start homeschooling because there are abuse reports being made against them by their children's teachers.I'll warn you once … [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...]

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...]

Why Homeschooling Is Attractive to Abusive Parents

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Last week a homeschool father named Steve left a comment on a post about HSLDA's efforts to deregulate homeschooling, and I found what he had to say very familiar. "Homeschooling" parents have manifestly demonstrated that they are willing (and able) to take a far more responsible and active role in child-rearing. Clearly they must be far less likely, on average, to neglect their children. Look at it this way: will a neglectful parent homeschool? He will not. Doing so would require an … [Read more...]

The Breaking of a Child: A Story of Near Disaster

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The next day was Tuesday. Hope did not say please and so did not have breakfast, lunch, or her bottle. By late afternoon Hope had gone for forty-eight hours---two straight days---with nothing to eat or drink but a single six ounce bottle of milk. By that time she was beginning to act strangely. Her usual vivaciousness had disappeared, replaced with a sort of melancholy. She lay on the couch listlessly, uninterested in playing or even reading books.  --------------- I've hesitated from sharing t … [Read more...]

The Key to the Liquor Store

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One response to the stories of pain and abuse being aired at Homeschoolers Anonymous is that the problem isn't homeschooling, it's fundamentalism. Or, the problem isn't homeschooling, it's abusive parents. Homeschooling has nothing to do with it, they insist. Leave homeschooling out of it, they say. But I won't do that, and there's a reason for that.The sort of unregulated homeschooling that we have today, without any form of checks and balances, allows parents with abusive tenancies to a … [Read more...]

HSLDA’s Defense of Child Abuse

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This post is part of a series examining the role of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in aiding and abetting child abuse. I have previously looked at HSLDA's efforts to prevent the reporting of child abuse and their efforts to stonewall child abuse investigations. In this post I will turn to HSLDA's defense of child abuse.HSLDA has made a name for itself defending parents' right to spank their children and spends a good bit of its time and energy monitoring and opposing new … [Read more...]


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