Quoting Quiverfull: Homeschooling the Wrong Way Leads to Porn and Other Issues

by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - The PuristsEditor's note: Get your forks and salad dressing out as this is some of the craziest sounding word salad I've seen in quite some time from the poison pen of Debi Pearl. To boil the entire thing down it seems to be saying that allowing structure, rules and laws into the homeschooling movement has lead to unmarried adult daughters at home and whole families becoming involved in pornography. Random selections from the article are below. Of course Debi never explains how they fell into porn or dope smoking, she just accuses them of doing so. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Homeschool Because Public School is Filled With Pornography?

by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife - Pornography in the SchoolEditor's note: I cannot decide if Lori sounds like Harold Hill in 'The Music Man' warning about the terrible dangers of pool tables or the moderator in 'Reefer Madness' in this piece claiming that evil Ipads are stream-lining porn into the classrooms. Does no one in Eninitas school district know how to put content blockers on their media devices? Why isn't Lori worried about the real problems in her community, like the homelessness of the middle class? I guess it's just easier and more ego-boosting to complain about the godless public schools than take real action. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Learning Chores More Important Than Education?

by Mary Pride from Homeschool World - The Joy of ChoresEditor's note: Mary starts off her article with the story of what sounds to me more like the typical homeschooling families I knew, with mom bemoaning to dad that just doing the household chores with the children took up the entire day and she never got around to academic teaching. While making sure your child knows how to cook a simple meal, do their own laundry and sew on a button before they leave your home that does not give one a pass on academic subjects. It's not more important. Some of us manage to teach those skills while we work and our children go to school outside of the home. This shouldn't be so hard as she wants to … [Read more...]

Betsy DeVos – Fundamentalist Homeschool Mom

by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlyI have been kinda quiet as authoritarianism and fundamentalism takes over our country.  But it doesn’t mean I’ve been ignoring it.  Rather I’m trying to collect my bearings, decide what to do next.  I had genuinely hoped that this stuff would be a fad and fade away and I could go have a normal life, but it has not and now I cannot.  Not like this.  I profoundly misjudged the extent of it and how easily others would misunderstand and either dismiss or capitulate to this movement. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Patriarchal Homeschoolers Most Marginalized People?

by Tim Bayly from Bayly Blog - The Good Father: Teaching Your Child to Submit to AuthorityEditor's note: Here Bayly discusses Patriarchal Homeschoolers and rebellion. Surprisingly enough the unquoted part of this piece has Bayly admitting that the real problem with rebellion starts with the fathers being too selfish and self-involved. But this part we're quoting is Quiverfull martyrbating at its finest. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Go Too Nutty Over Homeschooling?

by Steve Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church - Overboard on HomeschoolingEditor's note: I believe what we're looking at here is jealous at its finest. Right before this post Anderson wrote one attacking Paul Washer, who he mentions here while attacking Michael Pearl. I cannot believe I am about to say this, but based upon the measure Anderson gives here Pearl almost sounds less toxic with his belief that humans inborn nature is to do right. Too bad I've never actually seen where Michael Pearl has stated that. Is it possible that Anderson didn't actually read much of any of Pearl's writings because I've never seen anything that Pearl has written that didn't order you to beat the … [Read more...]

Examining ATI Wisdom Booklets: Booklet 3 – Medical Paralyzed Eyelids

 by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll images by Mel from When Cows and Kids Collide used with permission. This post is  7 pages long.Today's ATI crazy medical bit takes us on a tour of how a partially paralyzed eyelid can explain humility.  Don't worry; this will make no more sense at the end than it does now. … [Read more...]

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Examining ATI Wisdom Booklets – Booklet 3 Science The Elements of Our Body

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll images by Mel and When Cows and Kids Collide used with permission. This post is 12 pages long.Let's see if we can guess the science topic of this month's Wisdom booklet from the introduction: … [Read more...]

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Examining ATI Wisdom Booklets: Booklet 2 – Breathing and Speech

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll images from When Cows and Kids Collide.This is part four in Mel's dissection of Bill Gothard's ATI Wisdom Booklets, the educational system used by TLCs Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and many others in Quiverfull to educate their children. Mel exposes how fundamentally flawed much of the information is in the teaching materials. This post is 7 pages long.I get a strange feeling of unease every time I type "ATI" and "medical" in the same sentence.  I think this is because the medical section is quite strange.  This section, for example, manages to be very detailed without necessarily teaching information well. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Less is More With Young Kids?

by Zsuzsanna Anderson from Are They All Yours?!?? - Homeschool Tips: Young KidsEditor's note: While learning to sit still and concentrate is difficult for many young children is having the child do housework instead of sitting down to teach them to read really the best educational choice? Any teachers of first grade or kindergarten out there that can address the issues of not doing much schooling with the younger children? … [Read more...]