HSLDA: Homeschooling Families Constantly Almost Never Reported to CPS


A New Jersey homeschool family is suing after a social worker visited their home and asked questions about their curriculum, their children's medical history, and the safety of the firearms stored in their house. Buried deep in an article about the case are these paragraphs:The case highlights the tension between state social welfare agencies and homeschool families as the number of children being educated at home continues to grow. More than 2 million children are now involved in … [Read more...]

HSLDA Opposes Anti-Bullying Bill


HSLDA Opposes Anti-Bullying Bill is actually the title of HSLDA's own article on a bill currently before the Iowa legislature. At least they're being honest about it, I suppose? We've talked before about the ways the Home School Legal Defense Association's lobbying veers out into topics that have nothing to do with homeschooling, but honestly, this case is out there even for them. Let's have a look, shall we?HSLDA opposes the anti-bullying bill now pending in the Iowa Legislature, SF 345, be … [Read more...]

HSLDA on those “Radically Atheistic” Public Schools


As my regular readers will know, I am in favor of allowing homeschooled students to play sports in their local public schools. Perhaps surprisingly, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has long remained neutral on sports access bills, declining to directly oppose them but refusing to support them. I've heard concern that allowing homeschooled children to participate in sports would require some form of academic oversight, but then that oversight would only apply to those who volunt … [Read more...]

How HSLDA Talks About Abuse


In 2012, HSLDA opposed a New Jersey bill that would have allowed the Division of Family and Youth Services (DFYS) to determine whether children under their "care, supervision, or custody" should be prohibited from homeschool. The main reason this bill was introduced is that children who are homeschooled are not seen regularly by mandatory reporters in the way children who attend school are, and therefore children who are vulnerable or at risk of abuse may benefit from being in school. A perusal … [Read more...]

Michael Farris’s Selective Interest in Protecting Children


In the most recent installment of my Anonymous Tip review series, social workers Donna and Rita forcibly strip-searched four-year-old Casey. In the comments, a reader pointed this out: The strip-search bit sounds (to me, anyway) awfully similar to a spanking. Child is pinned down against her will, clothing is removed against her will, child writhes and screams to no avail... Casey is probably surprised that after this, the social workers just let her go instead of whacking her with a wooden … [Read more...]

Voddie Baucham, Daughters, and “Virgin Brides”


Last summer, Michael Farris denounced patriarchy. Or, so he claimed.Among those who homeschool for religious reasons, there is a subculture sometimes called the "patriarchy movement." Michael Farris, founder of the powerful Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and probably the most well-known leader in the Christian homeschooling world, has for decades espoused the beliefs of this movement. But in the last year and a half, two of its leaders, Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips, lost th … [Read more...]

HSLDA, Champion of Gay Teens?


Telling half truths was easier before the internet---as was covering up past missteps.Back in September, a ThinkProgress article noted the following: One common attack on HSLDA has been that its work often extends to topics that are not directly connected to the rights of homeschoolers … In the 2006 [sic], the group even lobbied for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. A statement on the group’s website explained that because “Same-sex marriage attacks the traditions of the f … [Read more...]