Quoting Quiverfull: Calling in the Media on Social Service?

Quoting Quiverfull: Calling in the Media on Social Service? April 18, 2013

by Rebekah Pearl Anast from Homeschooling Pioneers

Actually, the media wasn’t negative. It was a strategic move by my Dad to take the heat off of us. Social Services had gotten wind of our home education, and we were given a court summons. The judge and a few power-hungry and small-minded individuals assured Dad that his children would be taken away from him and put into state care. Dad came home, and within half an hour had three television stations and three newspapers scheduled to do a story on us. They came out to our rather fine home in the Shelby forest and filmed me (eight-year-old Rebekah) playing the piano, my brother Gabriel working in the shop with Dad, and my four-year-old brother Nathan swinging on a rope over the pond. They talked about Dad’s Bachelor of Science education, his artwork (he was a professional landscape painter) and showed clips of our schoolroom with posters and desks all tidy and organized. (Actually, we did most of our school in the yard or the kitchen – but it sure looked good.) They put forward the question, why didn’t the state just test us, and leave us alone if we tested up to state standards? Dad’s strategy more than succeeded. The state let go of us in a panic, and families all over the place started calling us for information about homeschooling. We had started a home education stampede. I was tested at a third-grade level and came out like Shirley Temple in Captain January (she was homeschooled in that film).

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

NLQ Recommended Reading …

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Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

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  • K

    Seeing as theyre Michael and Debi Pearl’s kids, maybe it would have been for the best if they had been taken away. Their parents are evil child abusers, and we already know that he beat them with plumbing line and switches before they were even a year old (In one of the stories, the kid was only 4 months old), pushed them in the pond to teach them a lesson about getting too close and are sociopathic child haters who are responsible for the deaths of three children.

    I bet they didnt mention their child training strategies…

  • Persephone

    Michael Pearl obviously does have a B.S. degree. Professional landscape painter. Wha?

  • saraquill

    Reading this passage, I couldn’t let go of the idea that there was a lot not being said. Does omitting key information qualify as bearing false witness?

  • I love how she seems proud of the fact the schoolroom wasn’t actually used, but hey, it looked good!

  • madame

    The Pearls were definitely smart. Put on the show, and do it big time.
    Homeschooling families who want to get the option legalized could make the effort to present it as a good option for parents who are willing to put the time into it and plan their children’s education.
    I would like the Pearls if they ditched their child training and wife denigrating teachings. They seem smart, simple, and down to earth.