Quoting Quiverfull: Educating Your Kids or Using Fear Tactics to Support Your Family??

Quoting Quiverfull: Educating Your Kids or Using Fear Tactics to Support Your Family?? July 29, 2013

From the Botkin Sisters (Anna Sophia and Elizabeth) Blog Visionary Daughters

The entire Botkin family is doing another one of their paid seminars, this time having to do with how you need to home school your child to make them into a successful adult, complete with the scare-tactic graphic of a wide-eyed teen reading a mock up newspaper with headlines such as ‘College Grads Can’t Find Work’ and ‘Generation Y Unemployed’

We’re doing Quoting Quiverfull a little different today. After reading what the Botkins have listed about their seminar topics it would be good if we listed in the comments the genuine ways you can help your child be ready for real life along with the commentary on the quotes.

What Should a 21st Century Education Look Like?

We homeschooling parents know we’re giving our children a decent academic education. But let’s face it – we sometimes wonder if we really know how to equip them to be the adults the 21st Century needs. After all, the world our children are inheriting will be more complex, uncertain, and turbulent than the one we had to face.

Will your children know how to handle business and finance in a down economy? Defend their faith to militant antagonists? Stand firm against a defiling culture? Fight for their freedoms? Take advantage of technological innovations? And see opportunity amid the chaos?

More importantly, what kind of salt and light are they prepared to be? They may be able to name every country in the world, but do they know how to disciple the nations? They may know about the Battle of Waterloo, but do they know how to fight the battles of today – to win? Homeschoolers have proven they can beat the world at geography and spelling. But can we lead in the arts? Can we lead in the gates? Do we know how to take dominion of science and technology?

If your children are going to be the leaders of the 21st Century, they need to be educated for it. And even if you feel unprepared to equip them for this… there’s no one more qualified for the job than you.

Sessions include:

  1. Ready for What? What We Must Educate Our Children to Be and Do
  2. Ready to Think and Communicate: How to Have Something to Say and How to Say it – Studying Theology, Apologetics, Critical Thinking Skills, Writing, Researching, Editing, Speaking, and how to boldly give an answer.
  3. Ready to Lead Culture: How to Take Dominion of the Arts Without the Arts Taking Dominion of You – Studying Music, Art, Photography, Graphic Design, Fashion, and Filmmaking
  4. Ready to Take Dominion of the Earth: Studying Science, Math, Engineering, Medicine, Computer Sciences, Agriculture, Construction, and the basic knowledge necessary in order to participate in 21st Century progress.
  5. Ready to Lead in the Gates: Studying Economics, Law, Political Science, Military Studies, Geography, and History
  6. Ready for Anything: Figuring Out Vocation, Gifts, Real Life Skills, and the Unique Challenges of the 21st century
  7. Bonus: Final Questions and Answers

Comments open below


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 …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce


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  • I don’t know if this is on-topic, but what I’ve always wondered about homeschooling is: when you get down to 2nd and 3rd generation homeschooling families, how are they qualified to teach? Because it seems odd that what grandma taught mom is ok for mom teaching kids. Does that even make sense?
    I guess what I’m trying to ask is, if the homeschooling parents who were homeschooled have no incentive to update their teaching skills or education, how can they even think they are preparing the next generation?

  • Trollface McGee

    The Botkins don’t believe in sending girls to college and the type of home college that is promoted by fundamentalist organisations tends to be very heavy on ideology and very light on facts and study. It doesn’t exactly promote an environment where a child can receive an adequate education.

    I don’t think a parent can home school only with a degree but it does require a great deal of planning and preparation and a parent who wants to be part of teaching and learning, not just indoctrination.

  • Jayn

    I think that’s where prepared curriculums and textbooks come into play. I certainly don’t remember everything I learned in school (and some of it wouldn’t be that relevant to my children anyhow), but if I were to homeschool I wouldn’t rely on that anyways.

    Of course, there’s also then questions of how to decide which one(s) to use, as well as if the mother can understand the subject matter well enough to adequately teach it to their children even with the textbook right in front of her.

  • Saraquill

    How are a pair of parents, or just one, supposed to have in depth knowledge of the very diverse array of topics listed above, and be able to successfully teach in an age appropriate way all the way through 12th grade?

  • Theo Darling

    Not a parent, but my parents could’ve definitely done more to prepare me for adulthood…things like teaching me how to budget and balance a checkbook (and NOT with fucking Dave Ramsey curricula), how to apply for financial aid for school or other necessary government assistance, how to find housing, how to understand transit systems. It would’ve helped if they’d let me learn to drive sooner, get a first job sooner, and take advantage of the post-secondary program at the local community college. I would’ve LOVED a better general education–I’m having to backtrack, in some subjects all the way to the beginning, to purposely reeducate myself and fill in important gaps. It would’ve been helpful to live closer to friends, or at least to be able to interact with them much more frequently, and to live in a more racially and religiously diverse area. It would’ve also been helpful if they had looked for constructive ways to help me get into and advance in my field, instead of mocking it and belittling me.

  • Fledgeling Feminist

    I find the phrasing of “taking dominion” over science to be very significant. It has the idea, not of excelling in the field, but gaining control over it