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?

Dear Nancy, Just so you don't confuse 'robbery' and 'public schooling' again. Robbery looks like this....

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...]

The Homeschool Myth

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground In my last post on emotional abuse in homeschooling, I wrote this:The reason I connect this to homeschooling is that homeschooling made the shit seem natural, the way that it was ought to be. In the comment section of that post, one reader writes: … [Read more...]

Part 1 – Navigating the Justice System: Alone at Nine Years Old

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemTrigger Warning: For child abuse/neglect/mistreatmentWhen I was about 9, my parents were investigated by Children's Aid. Social workers came out to talk to us. They met with us and found out that my parents spanked as punishment - which made sense since my parents had posted "The 21 Rules of This House" next to the dining room table. They came back a … [Read more...]

Why the Homeschool Movement Was So Frightening

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground 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...]

Facing Our Fears: How the Voices of Homeschooling Alumni Can Help Homeschooling

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This is the presentation that Homeschoolers Anonymous and HARO's R. L. Stollar would have given had he been allowed to participate in the 2014 Great Homeschool Convention that took place in Ontario, California. Too bad GHC bowed to fear and pressure from within the homeschooling movement and rescinded their permission for Stollar to participate in the conference. It is a powerful presentation and would have been helpful to those at the conference to hear. From the Homeschoolers Anonymous site:by R.L. StollarFacing Our Fears: How the Voices of Homeschool Alumni Can Help Homeschooling was originally prepared by R.L. Stollar, Executive Director ofHomeschool Alumni Reaching Out(HARO) for … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Surviving the End of the World as We Know it? Part1

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - How to Survive the Coming Apocalypse Part 1or as I like to call it 'Fear-Mongering 101'Michael has written a series of posts on what to do if those 'evul liburuls' he likes to rant about bring about the end of ordered society. This is the first of those, complete with a fake letter to the Pearls asking for help.First: The Letter Dear Mr. Pearl,We live in the suburbs of a fairly large city. We homeschool our six children and also home church. We are very concerned about the way our country is going. There are so many bad things happening in the world, and the signs point to the coming of antichrist and the tribulation. We talk about … [Read more...]


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