I’ve decided to start a periodic blog series on pop culture for sheltered homeschoolers and other people who grew up under a fundamentalist rock. It’s going to be an ongoing feature where I cover parts of pop culture that a lot of people who grew up in American fundamentalism missed out on. I’ll put up […]
Sophie Anna Platt wrote the following piece in response to Jim Bob Duggar’s quote from Wednesday’s interview on The Kelly File. Sophie is a homeschool alumna who grew up in a conservative Christian homeschooling family with many of the same teachings as the Duggars. She’s given me permission to republish her thoughts here. (Also by […]
These themes keep showing up in my Facebook newsfeed, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is getting more than a little tired of it. 1) Any variation of over-spiritualized “love the sinner” rhetoric. Apart from the fact that you’ve declared someone who is a professing Christian is a hell-bound sinner, something […]
Sibling sexual abuse is not some normal thing that happens in families. Not letting your children play hide and seek lest your teenage son molest his sisters again isn’t normal. A teenage boy repeatedly molesting his young sisters, including one still in the preschool years, isn’t just a thing that most families deal with. Unless […]
Posts keep showing up in my Facebook newsfeed saying that as Christians we should forgive Josh Duggar. No. We should not forgive Josh Duggar because we cannot forgive him. Josh Duggar did nothing to any of us. It’s not our place to decide whether to forgive or not because you can’t forgive someone if you’re […]
Did you hear about the Kentucky off-the-grid homesteaders who allegedly had their ten children taken away because they were homeschooling? If not, you’ll probably hear about it soon, it’s rapidly going viral. As the outrage machine kicks into high gear, here are seven important things you should know. 1. Homeschooling is legal As with every […]
There’s been a lot of misinformation floating around about Michigan HB 4498, but here are the facts. The bill doesn’t require home visits, the only requirements are things that loving and responsible parents are doing already. Please share to help correct the misinformation.
How many times over the course of a year do your children come in contact with a doctor, nurse, teacher, clergy member, or other individual who is designated as a mandatory reporter of child abuse? It’s a fairly regular occurrence, right? If you’re homeschooling, your kids are probably seeing your pastor every week or so, […]
On September 10th and 11th of 2014, leaders of various right wing family organizations from around the world gathered at the Kremlin for what was to have been the “World Congress of Families VIII – the Moscow Congress.” The conference was a “pro-family” event that blended a mix of quiverfull, homeschooling, anti-abortion, and anti-LGBTQ organizations […]
My non-profit, the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, is featured in a front page, above the fold New York Times article today. Needless to say, this is all a bit surreal. Hopefully the story will help build momentum to ensure that homeschool children everywhere are protected.