Two Messages That Children Internalize That Contribute To Bullying In Patriarchal Church and Homeschool Groups

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemHomeschooled children sometimes experience bullying from peers. Part of this stems from the messages that children absorb about themselves.1. Children respond to the tiered authority by owning the message that they are the not as good as other people and exist to serve people who appear to be more powerful than they are;2. Children respond to the opposite message that they are the best and brightest and most privileged and enact that power on others.  … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Religious Reasons For Homeschooling Are The Best?

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by Jeramy Anderson from Persevero News - Homeschool: The Default Editor's note: Anderson seems to be saying that academic excellence doesn't matter, only that you keep your children away from anything that isn't religious. He needs to ask Alecia Pennington and others coming out of the movement how well that worked out... … [Read more...]

Fundamentalist Approved Feminist Literature

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by Melissa cross posted from her blog Permission To Live I read constantly. It was a way to find out more about the world outside my parents home, and escape from the day in day out monotony, and other than our family movie nights, some of my only entertainment. Some books that I read, were not approved. I speed-read them without my parents knowledge in the library (The Princess Diaries Series, Star Wars Sci-Fi) and later when I had access to book stores bought them and hid them in the cabinet that was mine (Leon Uris and Chiam Potok). Sometimes unapproved books made their way into our house from grandparents downsizing (Readers Digest collections) or a large box of classics a distant … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Sheltering Your Kids From The World Because Bible?

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by Kelly Crawford from Generation Cedar - Is it Right to Shelter Our Children?Editor's note: Crawford is trying to compare sending your children to public school as something similar to allowing your child free access to 'porn'. Very bad analogy and straight up Evangelical fear mongering. Logic fail 101. … [Read more...]

The Impact of Parental Values and Opinions on Educational Outcomes: My Perspective

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemThe impact of attitudes towards education, especially higher education, and its impact on adult life, has recently come up in discussion in the home school survivor community. We all have different experiences and heard variations of different messages while growing up in homeschooling families. Here is my experience: … [Read more...]

Fundamentalist Homeschooling Christmas: A Video of What My Mom Gave Me For Christmas

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground We never did much for Christmas as a kid, and in many ways, I’m glad. I’ve never felt that rushing around in mobs to buy gifts for western people who have it all is a particular worthy use of time and resources. I don’t have a problem with gifts, decorations, or good food, but right now, traffic is lethal in my town, enough to awaken me to the realization that my parents were at least partially correct. Instead of writing a post about what Christmas is like in a fundie family, I just made a short one-minute video of what my mom sent me for Christmas this year. It really says it all. Mom lives in her own homeschool world. Instead of se … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Raising Your Children?

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Last night I encountered this list of how not to raise 'Godly' children on Facebook. It was actually on the wall of someone I know from a very mainstream church where that church does not teach this restrictive list or anything even remotely close to it, but she firmly believes it. She's involved with the local homeschool group in my area, which is run by a woman that should be in jail right now for parenting failures of an extreme magnitude that originated with the type of thinking  this list is opposed to. … [Read more...]

Where in the World is Kevin Swanson?

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by Suzanne TitkemeyerOne of our commenters brought up a very good point yesterday: Where is 'Generations With Vision' radio show host Kevin Swanson? The guys who are now doing his radio show daily either refer to him as 'on sabbatical' or duct taped to the wall (or in the closet, hee). … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Public School Robs You of Your Children?

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by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - Daylight RobberyWeirdest reason I've heard yet for homeschooling. Victims! Robbery! Satan! … [Read more...]

Why the Homeschooling Movement Was So Frightening

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by Lana Hope originally posted on her blog Wide Open Ground on Oct. 4, 2014 The stories on Homeschoolers Anonymous have been more triggering for me lately. HA is hosting a series called “It hurts me more than you.” Then today Cynthia Jeub, a daughter of a well-known homeschool family with 16 children,shared her story of the abuse she and her siblings have received, and still are receiving. … [Read more...]


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