QF: The View From Here: Strategies For Educating Children

QF: The View From Here: Strategies For Educating Children June 28, 2016

View from Hereby Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Redeeming Dinah

All images by Cindy Kunsman and Redeeming Dinah used with permission.

This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.
What do you believe is the appeal of QF to women in 2015 America?
Response Part Two

At the beginning of QF/P, I believe that the religious aspirations were largely healthy, or at least the original ideologues behind it envisioned healthier models. Initially, both private Christian schooling and homeschooling offered alternatives to secular education in government schools which would not only allow parents to convey their particular set of values to their children, but the data in the early days of the movement showed that homeschooling offered many children a significant academic advantage.

Unfortunately, due to fear mongering and fancies of conspiracy, for many Christians, the movement quickly became a method of cloistering children from the evils of culture who baited their children to sell their souls to secularism. This attitude of fear created a ready market for QF/P as the ideal method for responsible Christian parents to “save” their children from a culture that they believed sought to eradicate their religious beliefs altogether while also saving their souls from eternal hell.

As with all new movements, many young entrepreneurs saw QF/P as an opportunity to make a living while also devoting their lives to something idealistic, allowing them to live meaningful lives. In the early 1980s, these various family oriented, wholesome interests coalesced into an interesting clustering of beliefs and practices of which homeschooling and the pro-life movement became an essential part in the US.

Having created a ready market through propagating fear, many of these entrepreneurs provided ready-made, Bible-approved solutions for all of the problems of these families in need. From there, the focus branched from education and the virtue of family into a dynamic lifestyle which offered the lowliest of seemingly insignificant persons the powerful opportunity to save the world. The housewife and blue collar worker became mighty warriors on the front lines of the culture war, empowered by ‘godly’ formulas and strategies that promised them success and victory. In the end, their children would take dominion over the earth and would make the world a Christian utopia.

~ Cynthia Kunsman
The view of Quiverfull from my vantage
August 2015
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Cindy is a member of the Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network.

Cynthia Mullen Kunsman is a nurse (BSN), naturopath (ND) and seminary graduate (MMin) with a wide variety of training and over 20 years of clinical experience. She has used her training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a lecturer and liaison to professional scientific and medical groups, in both academic and traditional clinical healthcare settings. She also completed additional studies in the field of thought reform, hypnotherapy for pain management, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is often associated with cultic group involvement. Her nursing experience ranges from intensive care, the training of critical care nurses, hospice care, case management and quality management, though she currently limits her practice to forensic medical record review and evaluation. Most of her current professional efforts concern the study of manipulative and coercive evangelical Christian groups and the recovery process from both thought reform and PTSD.

She blogs at Under Much Grace and Redeeming Dinah.

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