Quoting Quiverfull: Homeschooled to Mow Lawns For Life?

by Eric from No Greater Joy magazine - From EricEditor's note: The last of the Pearls articles on their homeschool successes. This poor fellow sums up so much of what is rampantly wrong in the Pearl homeschooling world. His career path was laid out for him as a child without much choice for him and he's embraced it. It's good he's able to earn money, but somehow this seems like so much wasted possible potential from here. … [Read more...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – What Christian and Non Christian Activities?

Another installment of giving better answers to the questions asked at Debi Pearl’s site message board for the book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’. Many young ladies ask questions on all sorts of different subjects brought up by the book. There was just one big problem, many of the answers stray into either the outright bad and emotionally unhealthy to dangerous. Yes, typical Debi Pearl borderline abusive. Here’s what we’re going to be doing here at NLQ. Every week, once or twice a week, I’ll be posting up one of the questions from the message board and ask you, our readers, to answer that poor soul’s question in a way that is logical,  rational and the best possible solution, in other words 1 … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Who Needs Textbooks and Boring Lessons?

by Karen Sargent from No Greater Joy Magazine - From KarenEditor's note: We're continuing on from Michael Pearl's anti-traditional edumakashun marathon in this month's No Greater Joy magazine. Here Karen is pretty much doubling down on Pearl's stated non-teaching of teenagers before college. Mel wrote an excellent take down of Karen's words last week - Response to 'Karen' From No Greater Joy Magazine … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Homeschooling? Who Needs Stinkin’ Edumakashun?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Homeschooling High SchoolersEditor's note: Michael finally gets around to answering the original letter writer's question and it's a mere one sentence dealing with how much time should be study time. Great. He never explains what he means by 'work' but I think it's safe to assume that it means work for daddy for free around the farm/business. And ugh, actually a big UGH because mindset is NOT more important that mind content in education. Attitude can only carry you so far, you need to acquire the knowledge of the subject you are studying too. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Homeschooling? Who Needs Stinkin’ Edumakashun?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Homeschooling High SchoolersEditor's note: Here comes the authoritative leather strap of Michael Pearl's words. He is now telling homeschooling parents that what they do is no different than his hated public schools. Talented and gifted children? He thinks that translates into warped adults and does not think they should receive any tutoring or specialized education at all. Claiming that it's too high pressure competitive. Sounds to me like his vision of what students are is the weaker screwed up version, not the ones in his previous piece in public and private schools. He wants a world where every single person is as ignorant, uneducated and b … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Homeschooling? Who Needs Stinkin’ Edumakashun?

by Michael Pearl  from No Greater Joy - Homeschooling High SchoolersEditor's note: Here Michael Pearl explains how he and Debi taught their children. It does not sound like there was any official curriculum, lesson plans or text books involved. Michael is responding to a question on how best to teach high school children. I'd say by his measure he is short-changing the kids any real education. This is really crummy parenting, effectively he's denying his children any education that will help them become self sufficient and dooming them to a life of poverty. How is that loving? Homeschool your children if that's your thing, but please please give them a good education instead of this sub … [Read more...]

Response to ‘Karen’ from No Greater Joy Magazine

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideNo Greater Joy published a piece on common misperceptions by homeschool parents about college entry.  The information presented in the article is true, but misleading.  For the blog post to be accurate, the author needs to present what the prospective college student is missing by not having certain qualifications that the average public, private, or parochial school graduate would have. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: College Degrees Are a Waste of Money?

by Marc Cohen from No Greater Joy Magazine - From MarcEditor's note: This new issue of No Greater Joy magazine has four articles written by homeschoolers singing the praises of homeschooling while claiming that the lack of college degree hasn't harmed them in the slightest in the job market. While I cannot speak to some of the areas of the career paths most of them have taken I have to say this one particular one, a pilot with the US Army is at best highly exaggerated! A position as a pilot is one of the most coveted and competitive in the entire military and almost always requires the rank of officer AND a college degree. What's likely true is that the author is a Warrant Officer and he … [Read more...]

Five Things Home School Moms Should Know About Abusive Marriages

by Virginia Knowles cross posted from her blog Watch the Shepherd When our family started the homeschooling journey about 25 years ago, I envisioned my comrades in the movement as the ideal examples of healthy marriage and parenting. I have learned much along the way about educating and nurturing my own ten children, and I am seeing this legacy continue with my six grandchildren. However, as the years have gone by, I have had to lay aside my cute little rose-colored glasses and acknowledge that there can also be a dark side. Abuse, whether it is against a child or a spouse, is a tragic reality in far too many homeschooling families. Because I write frequently on the topics of domestic … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 2 Chapter 4

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll quoted sections of the book are in blueThis book does have some fun side-effects.  My sister-in-law offered to lend me any and all books from her house to stop me from continuing to read this book.  The offer was tempting, but inflicting this book on my family is sweet.  (Reading chunks aloud....it's a twisted pleasure for me.) Well, we get a glimpse into the teenage Botkin sisters. … [Read more...]


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