Kevin Swanson on “Apostate Homeschoolers”

Kevin Swanson

It seems Homeschoolers Anonymous has made an increasingly large splash in the homeschooling world. Prominent Christian homeschool leader Kevin Swanson himself felt the need to address the group in a recent broadcast on his Generations with Vision radio show. He gave it the title "Apostate Homeschoolers." If you click the link to listen, the section on Homeschoolers Anonymous starts at 5:00 and goes until 10:40, when Swanson moves on to the Boy Scouts.What does Swanson blame for the growth of … [Read more...]

“I Just Want To Be Normal”

Recovering Grace just posted a piece called "I Just Want To Be Normal." As I've said before, me too. Here's an excerpt from the piece: “What does this song remind you of?” my husband asked, as the song Take My Breath Away played on the radio station.I thought for a second before responding, “I don’t know. — Nothing, I guess. What does it remind you of?”He laughed. “Top Gun!”“Oh.” I said, feeling that familiar embarrassment overtaking me. “I’ve never really seen the full movie.”He … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Looking Back on Being Homeschooled


Do you perceive of your academic or social abilities differently today than you did when you were being homeschooled? Joe: I had the best of both worlds.  I went to public school and had many friends who were home taught.  I can relate to both.  Had I been homeschooled, I would have thought that everyone who thought differently than me was to be ostracized. Latebloomer: Definitely! As a teen, I put the blame on myself for my lack of social skills, and I felt happy to be safe at home.  I bel … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

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What do you see as the pros and cons of having been homeschooled? Do you feel that your homeschool experience prepared you well socially? Academically? Joe: Homeschooling is right for some people and very wrong for others.  Many people see homeschooling as the opportunity for indoctrination of their children.  Others see it as the only path to educating their child, with the child having failed all other alternatives.  I like the latter reason for opting for homeschooling.  But, the fact is, mo … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Homeschooling, Academics, and Socialization


Briefly describe your experience being homeschooled, including the amount of interaction you had with other homeschoolers or non-homeschoolers (socialization) and what sorts of textbooks or homeschool program your family used (academics). Joe: Not being homeschooled, I have no experience with it at all.  But, we churched exclusively with homeschoolers.  We never had friends outside of this church and, if we did, were banned from them immediately.  Homeschooling was God's plan for everyone and p … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Reasons for Homeschooling

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Why and when did your parents originally decide to homeschool? Did their reasons for homeschooling change over time? Joe: My family knew nothing about homeschooling until we met the esteemed, Bill Gothard.  Then, when Mama fell in love with every word that dripped off his tongue, she viewed his homeschooling program as the only program worth belonging to.  Little did I know this would be a huge blessing in my life.  I considered it a curse at the time, as you will soon see. In 1992, Bill Go … [Read more...]

Rebutting Ken Ham’s Response

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So you remember my Why I Am An Atheist post from last week? Apparently it came to the attention of Answers in Genesis researcher Dr. Georgia Purdom. She wrote a blog post bearing the title Answers in Genesis and Libby's Journey to Atheism in response, and then Ken Ham himself picked up my story and wrote his own response. I will respond to each, starting with Dr. Purdom's post since it came first.1. Creationism is only based on the Bible, physical evidence is irrelevant Libby seems to have … [Read more...]