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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