A Call for Inclusion in the Survivor Community: Sarah Henderson’s Thoughts

“A plural of narratives does not add up to empirical data. But it does add up to a plethora of narratives. As more survivors come forward and share their narrative, it will become harder and harder to reject each narrative as an anomaly. Denial of abusive homeschooling survivorship is a serious issue, and becoming elitist and selective about sharing stories contributes to the denial.”

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A Call for Precision: Benjamin Keil’s Thoughts

“My goal is to strengthen the true parts of our movement — not to detract from any one person’s story, or empirical claim, or philosophical argument. All are valuable and all have their place. But unless we clearly identify the type of claim we are making, and unless we are clear on what type of evidence would support our claim, our claims will be weak.”

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Crosspost: Kevin Swanson and the Fundamentalist Code Book

“If Swanson doesn’t want to agree with Homeschoolers Anonymous, he should say what he disagrees with and address our arguments. I’m not all oh-he’s-gotta-agree kinda gal. Just, yeah, tell me the what, why, and how you disagree. Oh yeah, that’s against the fundamental code book.”

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FAQs: Can Sharing Individual Stories Make a Difference?

“A significant chunk of what HA has done so far involves finding and sharing highly personal and individual stories. These stories can be difficult, heart-wrenching, and provocative. Sometimes, in response to these stories, people want to be dismissive, pushing these stories aside with a ‘Pssh… anecdotes.’ As if anecdotes about people’s lived experiences are somehow less than legitimate. Or sometimes people wonder if we are just wasting time, asking, ‘Can sharing individual stories make a difference?’”

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To Break Down a Child: A Call for Stories about Pearl-Style Discipline

“It is time for those of us familiar with the teachings of Michael and Debi Pearl to speak up and speak against these abusive methods. It’s time to show that the damage of the Pearl’s method goes beyond just a few parents who got out of control. It’s time to show that it’s justifiable for the Pearl’s teachings to be linked to these horrible outcomes.”

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Homeschooling, A Means to an End: R’s Story

“Homeschooling is just a tool, a method of instruction, a means to an end. All the positive homeschooling stories combine with the negative stories to show that. Like any tool, homeschooling can be misused and abused. It is important to remember this as we chronicle the stories of our youth: that responsibility does not lie with the method of instruction but with the instructors themselves, whether they be our parents or those our parents look to for guidance.”

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I Am A Testament To Homeschooling’s Power: R.L. Stollar

“Do you want proof that homeschooling can be awesome? Then look at Homeschoolers Anonymous. Seriously. Along with Nicholas Ducote, I have organized an online community that — in less than five months — has received national media coverage, garnered almost half a million views, received both the praise and the wrath of educational activists, and engages in dynamic social media activism. I don’t attribute that to myself. I attribute that to homeschooling.”

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Incorporating Thinkers: When Communities Are Unsafe or Unwelcoming

“Everyone who shared their stories on H.A. has a different story. Some tell stories of people who welcomed them, and some tell stories where people shut the doors behind them. The point is that where bigotry exists – even if it’s not in Luke’s church – it is wrong. This is not a generalization; it is not a generalization about anything at all. It is just individual stories, stories that need to be heard and told.”

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Incorporating Thinkers: A Lesson in Debate Theory and Wolves

“If you acknowledge there are problems, and you actually care about fixing those problems, then by all means let’s work together! We can agree to disagree on many things — this is evident from the fact that the HA community consists of Millennials, Gen X’ers, Boomers, current homeschoolers, former homeschoolers, students, parents, conservatives, moderates, liberals, libertarians, Marxists, Christians, atheists, Buddhists, Protestants, Catholics, Universalists, and so forth.”

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FAQs: Why “Homeschoolers Anonymous”?

“Today I will be addressing probably the most common question: Why are we called ‘Homeschoolers Anonymous’? While this question is common, it is asked for two different reasons. On the one hand, some people are asking this question in this way: Why are we named after Alcoholics Anonymous? On there other hand, some people are wondering something entirely different: Why are we just ‘Homeschoolers’ Anonymous and not something more specific, like ‘Christian Homeschoolers’ Anonymous?”

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