Not All Homeschoolers Are Religious (But Many Are)

“When I and other bloggers talk about some of the problems in the conservative Christian homeschooling subculture, we are informed by secular homeschool parents that not all homeschoolers are religious, and in fact that religious homeschoolers are just a minority today and not really a problem to be worried about. Well yes, we know that not all homeschoolers are religious. However, it’s a simple fact that many—perhaps even the majority—are.”

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When Homeschooling Gets Crunchy: Darcy S.’s Thoughts

“Alumni like me have a lot to offer to the conversation of ‘new wave homeschooling,’ but I feel that often our concerns are brushed aside since ‘oh, well, we aren’t religious so we won’t have the same problems you did.’ But they already are showing signs of the same problems the original homeschoolers had, just from a completely different point of view.”

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I Cannot Write You a Happy Ending, Part Two: By Slatewoman

“Homeschooling and mental illness are a terrible combination. And chances are, if a parent is mentally ill, the child might as well be too — and this cycle can go on for generations. My way of ending it is to not have children. I don’t want them anyway and I would be a terrible parent. But I don’t want to spread my genes and the proclivities that go along with them.”

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I Cannot Write You a Happy Ending, Part One: By Slatewoman

“My mom has been bi-polar for as long as I can remember, but she was diagnosed when I was 10. I remember when she started taking medication for it and things got bad. Real bad. This was back before many long-term studies had been done on the medications she was given, and she was given just about every one under the sun between then and now.”

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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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Grassroots in Education: A History of the Modern Homeschooling Movement in America, Part 3, By Katy-Anne Wilson

“The Ideologues see homeschooling as a major way to wage the culture wars and gain political clout, trying to get America to live by traditional white, Protestant, fundamentalist values. These fundamentalists are now unhappy with the public school system that was a Christan fundamentalist initiative in the first place.”

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Grassroots in Education: A History of the Modern Homeschooling Movement in America, Part 2, By Katy-Anne Wilson

“The modern homeschooling movement is dominated by religious fundamentalists, who for the most part are against women’s rights. The fundamentalists also kicked back against the supreme court decisions to outlaw organized school prayer and Bible reading. This remains a large ‘culture war’ value to the Christian fundamentalists today.”

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Grassroots in Education: A History of the Modern Homeschooling Movement in America, Part 1, By Katy-Anne Wilson

“The modern homeschooling movement started as a grassroots effort in the 1970’s on the part of secular educational reformers who believed that an institutionalized school setting was not conducive to their children’s education and wanted to educate them through means they considered to be more natural.”

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Children’s Rights and Homeschooling: Patrick Farenga’s Thoughts

“Child abuse is a major, ugly issue that is difficult to discuss, especially among homeschoolers who are fearful of government intrusions into their lives. We tend to dismiss child abuse in homeschooling circles because most of ‘us’ are ‘good people’ or ‘good Christians.’ But the reality is there is some child abuse going on in homeschooling.”

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Home Education Ideologies and Literature: Review, Part 1

This is the first in a series of reviews of academic literature regarding the modern homeschooling phenomena in America. The goal is to provide a sociological framework for discussing the diversity and homogeneity of the various branches of the homeschooling movement.

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The Many Men and Women Behind The Curtain: Noah’s Story

“Their ideologies are reinforced in state and local support groups, where parents that don’t follow the line get ostracized, just like HSLDA has long ostracized the secular homeschooling movement. It’s really, honestly, a type of bullying. My parents experienced this from the beginning.”

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Why I Blame Homeschooling, Not Just My Parents: Reflections by Nicholas Ducote

“I know abuse doesn’t just happen because of bad parenting. The bad parenting that people indict was being advocated on stage before thousands of people. There is a reason why so many homeschooling alumni share stories and experiences.”

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Putting Children First: Karen Loethen’s Thoughts

“While we can not reparent any of these wounded people who are trying so hard to heal themselves, we can offer them our love and seek to understand their claims. We, as homeschooling parents, should never attempt to discredit someone’s story. No, instead, we must learn from these experiences.”

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