How Michael Farris Cons Christian Families into Homeschooling

Have you seen this piece by Michael Farris? Let me touch on a few points and then get down to what I see as the meat of his piece---the repeating of a lie my parents bought, and a lie so many other parents are currently buying. The lie that, by homeschooling, you can determine your children's outcome, beliefs, and values.But first, Farris' view of public schools: The conflict over transgendered bathrooms is a symptom of a far greater conflict over values. At its core, the public schools are … [Read more...]


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Michael Farris Calls for Closing Doors to Syrian Refugees

The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday are bringing out a nasty side of the right wing. Of particular interest to me was Michael Farris's response. Farris, as you may remember, is the founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College. He was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1993, and since then has focused on encouraging political activism among conservative young people through Generation Joshua.With this background, … [Read more...]


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Michael Farris Doesn’t Read the Bible (Apparently)

Three months ago, Dan Price, C.E.O. of Gravity Payments, a credit card processing company in Seattle, announced that he would no longer pay an employee less than $70,000 a year. Price hoped to ensure that all of his employees would have a minimum standard of living, and figured the publicity wouldn't hurt along the way. Yesterday the New York Times published a piece on Price's struggles since making that fateful decision, as two of his best employees quit, upset that newer and less q … [Read more...]


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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...]


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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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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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Why It Matters That Farris Strawmanned Patriarchy

Last week Michael Farris published his white paper, A Line in the Sand. As I mentioned at the time, I appreciate his efforts to distance himself, and HSLDA, from the more extreme voices of the Christian homeschooling world. However, as I wrote immediately afterwards, Farris mischaracterized Doug Phillips' views and those of Phillips' organization, Vision Forum, throughout his piece. He wrote that "patriarchy teaches that women in general should be subject to men in general" and that "women are … [Read more...]


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