Guest Post: Mrs. Karen, You Are Laughing at Real People

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A Guest Post by LanaI found the above comment on HSLDA’s facebook page, presumably by some homeschool mom who has been trained to laugh at the socialization question. And it made me angry.  See, it's fine if homeschool parents want to tell their stories about how they were socially awkward as public school kids, or how they are a social misfit. I will not laugh at their stories. But you know what, when homeschool parents laugh at the homeschool socialization question, they are actually laug … [Read more...]

Guest Post: An Outsider Reads Elsie Dinsmore, Part III

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A Guest Post by TraceySo, most of the cat is out of the bag; Elsie nearly dies before the book wraps up. The last piece of the story involves Elsie's extreme reluctance to do anything of a secular nature on the sabbath. Her only acceptable Sunday diversions are reading the bible and The Pilgrim's Progress (a religious allegory). So, of course, when Horace asks Elsie to read him secular story on Sunday, she refuses, saying its against God's law. Remember that Elsie has already run into pro … [Read more...]

Guest Post: An Outsider Reads Elsie Dinsmore, Part II

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A Guest Post by TraceyThis is the point in the book(s) where the chapters all start running together. This time I will summarize the events from chapter 8 of book one through chapter 3 of book two, spoil the ending, touch on some themes, and compare Elsie to other books.Picking up where we left off, Elsie and Papa (Horace) are all sweetness and shiny-happy. Horace has no major beefs with his obedient little daughter, although he does keep her on a pretty tight leash. Elsie still cries at … [Read more...]

Guest Post: An Outsider Reads Elsie Dinsmore, Part I


A Guest Post by TraceyMy name is Tracey and I write a blog describing my religious journey through local churches. In my blog surfing I became interested in the Elsie Dinsmore series, so I borrowed books 1 and 2 from the library. Functionally, I found them more like one long story than two, so I read them in succession. I would like to present an adult, outside (non-homeschooled non-evangelical) perspective on these first two books. The books I have read are, as far as I can tell, the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: On Fundamental Rights, HSLDA, and Homeschooling

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A Guest Post by Kathryn ElizabethI wasn’t planning on writing more about HSLDA but I was talking to my mom today about HSLDA’s refusal to do anything about child abuse and how it made absolutely zero sense to defend abusers. As I moved on to talking about how I feel that they’re using the Romeike family as pawns in their effort to establish homeschooling as a fundamental right, something dawned on me.Notice that phrase “fundamental right”? It’s a phrase they’ve been throwing around an awf … [Read more...]

Guest Post: HSLDA—Why We Fear the Child Snatchers


A Guest Post by AnonymousI 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 bee … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Why HSLDA is Wrong about Romeike v. Holder


If you follow the conservative media or have conservative facebook friends, you may know that there is a large brouhaha going on at the moment over the threatened deportation of a German homeschooling family that was originally granted asylum in the United States in 2010. Curious about the facts of the case, which conservatives are using as evidence of the evils of the Obama administration, the persecution of homeschoolers, and the fragility of American religious freedom, I asked a law student … [Read more...]