Teddy Foltz-Tedesco and HSLDA’s Blindness

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Last week an Ohio state senator introduced S.B. 248, a bill designed to prevent homeschooling from being used to hide child abuse. HSLDA responded predictably. It is true that this particular bill, which has already been withdrawn, went too far. It would have required the name of each homeschooler to be run through a statewide child welfare information database to flag those with a concerning history of social services investigations, which is good, but it would have also required each parent … [Read more...]

The Twelve Tribes, Child Abuse, and Michael Farris

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Last week, German authorities removed 40 children from the Twelve Tribes sect. Police raided a Christian sect in southern Germany, taking 40 children into foster care on suspicion they were physically abused and seizing sticks allegedly used to hit them, authorities said Friday. Members of the so-called "Twelve Tribes" sect acknowledged that they believe in spanking their children, but denied wrongdoing. The Twelve Tribes sect, founded in Tennessee in the 1970s, boasts 2,000 to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Because We Thought HSLDA Cared about Us

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A recent comment by J on Homeschoolers Anonymous' crosspost of my post about the Josh Powell story caught my eye. In general, I appreciate your efforts to lobby HSLDA to be more sensitive to issues like this, but I think it’s important to remember that HSLDA provides legal services and is bound by certain ethical and legal duties that could prevent it from expressing sympathy for Josh Powell. If HSLDA represents a party involved, they have an ethical responsibility not to make public … [Read more...]

Where Is Your Sense of Compassion, HSLDA?

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Josh Powell wanted to go to school so badly that he pleaded with local officials to let him enroll. He didn’t know exactly what students were learning at Buckingham County High School, in rural central Virginia, but he had the sense that he was missing something fundamental. By the time he was 16, he had never written an essay. He didn’t know South Africa was a country. He couldn’t solve basic algebra problems. So starts a recent Washington Post article about Virginia's religious … [Read more...]

HSLDA as a Supervillain

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I recently received an email from the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) with the headline "Single Mom Shields Son from Bullies, Faces Charges." Curious, I looked at the summary the email provided: New Jersey: Charges Dropped, Case Dismissed After HSLDA Intervenes Home School Legal Defense Association worked closely with a local attorney to prove that charges of educational neglect against a single mom were false. Still curious, I clicked the link to the full article. Single mom … [Read more...]

Where We Are on HSLDA, Homeschooling, and Child Abuse

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This has been a crazy couple of weeks, to be honest. I never expected that HSLDA would respond to my posts or that people would come out of the woodwork angry about the blind eye HSLDA has turned toward the issue of child abuse in homeschooling families. Some people have even rephrased this whole thing as "Libby Anne vs. HSLDA." I've put together a page bringing together everything I've written on homechooling, child abuse, and HSLDA recently---feel free to take a look. So where are we, … [Read more...]

Guest Post: On Fundamental Rights, HSLDA, and Homeschooling

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A Guest Post by Kathryn Elizabeth I 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 … [Read more...]


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