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...]


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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...]


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HSLDA’s Core Agenda: Abolishing Compulsory Education

Prominent HSLDA attorney Chris Klicka elucidated on HSLDA's agenda in a 2001 book, and frankly, when I read it I found even myself slightly surprised, not so much by what their agenda is as by how willing they are to publicly admit it. The framers of the Constitution, unfortunately, never specifically mentioned in the Constitution the right of parents to educate their children. They took it for granted that parents alone had this right and could choose whatever form of education they saw fit. S … [Read more...]


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Things HSLDA Opposes: Voluntary Home Visitation Programs

Ostensibly, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) works to keep homeschooling legal. In practice, the organization does much, much more than that. Over a year ago, I wrote a a series on HSLDA and Child Abuse, but HSLDA does more than oppose mandatory reporting laws. The organization also opposes the UN disabilities treaty and the Common Core. HSLDA claims to involve itself in these issues out of concern that they could be used to restrict homeschooling. But while HSLDA’s opposition to … [Read more...]


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HSLDA Explains Its Complicity in Child Abuse Coverup: We’re Not the Police Force of the Homeschooling Movement

HSLDA has finally responded to The Old Schoolhouse scandal. As you may remember, this scandal involves prominent homeschool speakers and publishers Paul and Gena Suarez hiding and covering up child sexual abuse and protecting child molesters from exposure. Earlier this year Gena Suarez's sister and fellow homeschool speaker, Jenefer Igarashi, became so concerned by her sister's actions that she determined she had to do something about it and reached out to other homeschool leaders, including … [Read more...]


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The Old Schoolhouse: The New Homeschool Scandal

Right now my heart feels heavy. There are some days when I wonder if the world can actually be a good and happy place. I've written before about scandals in the Christian homeschooling movement and I've talked about the homeschool alumni reform movement of which I am a part. But some days, I just don't think it can get any worse.If you are a regular here, the name of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is familiar to you, and that of Heidi St. John, one of the most popular s … [Read more...]


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The Gothard-Sized Skeleton in HSLDA’s Closet

There is a Gothard-sized skeleton in HSLDA's closet. But before we get to that, let's start with an excerpt from Michael Farris's white paper, A Line in the Sand: Although some people want HSLDA to be the police force of the homeschooling movement—removing those who miss the mark in some manner—that is not our role. Even though I have been uncomfortable with the teaching coming from each of these men for several years, it is not my place to try to remove viewpoints from the homeschooling com … [Read more...]


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