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The horrors of Christian homeschooling, as told by secularists

Christian homeschoolers are Bible-thumping, child-beating isolationists who hope their numerous children will take over America, according to a Washington Post story, Revolt of the Christian home-schoolers.


Reporter Peter Jamison focuses on Aaron and Christina Beall, a nice young Virginia couple who were raised in "the most powerful and ideologically committed faction of the modern home-schooling movement."


"Among conservative Christians," he explains, "home schooling became a tool for binding children to fundamentalist beliefs they felt were threatened by exposure to other points of view."


The Bealls were homeschooling their children, but sparing the rod. When they saw a daughter struggle with reading, they enrolled her in the well-regarded local public school. She thrived, so they enrolled her two school-age siblings. Christina, who has a toddler at home, now volunteers at the school.


Their parents were very, very unhappy by their "revolt," but seem to have adjusted.


So how large is this faction of homeschoolers? Are they all "oppressively patriarchal" child beaters? For that matter, what percentage of homeschoolers are conservative Christians? The Post doesn't really say.


The story does quote Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, who calls these families “the fringe of the fringe,” considered extremist by other conservative Christians. He says people lashing out at home-schooling were raised in this small minority of extremist families.


"Former home-schoolers have been at the forefront of those arguing for greater oversight of home schooling, forming the nonprofit Coalition for Responsible Home Education to make their case," writes Jamison.

Farris hopes a “Joshua Generation” of the homeschooled will "seek the political power and cultural influence to reshape America according to biblical principles," writes Jamison.


So they're not isolationists?


Homeschooling has become "more diverse, demographically and ideologically," Jamison concedes. The closure of public schools gave it a huge boost.


Yet conservative Christian activists remain influential. Jamison blames them for inflaming "the nation’s culture wars, fueling attacks on public-school lessons about race and gender with the politically potent language of 'parental rights'.”


So people concerned about "parental rights" are child beaters?


Aaron, who skipped college but became a successful software engineer, and Christina, who was graduated from a Christian college, "understand that they could not recover or reconstruct the lost opportunities of their childhoods," writes Jamison.

For example, they're not familiar with Punxsutawney Phil's role in Groundhog Day. Their daughter learned about Phil in public schools. (I had to learn it in the streets.) "These were the gaps Aaron and Christina had become accustomed to finding as they learned about a world whose boundaries extended far beyond the one in which they had been raised," he writes. "There were so many things they had not learned, and perhaps would never learn."


They really should watch the movie.



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phillipmarlowe
2023年6月11日

The Pearls advocate hitting children with tree branches, belts and other “instruments of love” to instill obedience, and recommend that toddlers who take slowly to potty training be washed outdoors with cold water from a garden hose. Their book advocates “training sessions” in which infants, as soon as they are old enough to crawl, are placed near a desired object and repeatedly struck with a switch if they disobey commands not to touch it.

The Pearls have defended their methods, saying they are not meant to encourage brutality and, when properly applied, reduce the frequency with which parents must later discipline their kids.


Hmmm.

That seems rather abusive.

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Joanne Jacobs
Joanne Jacobs
2023年6月11日
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Yes, it does. Also insane.

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phillipmarlowe
2023年6月02日

Christian homeschoolers are Bible-thumping, child-beating isolationists who hope their numerous children will take over America,


You didn’t do A great job of reading the article Joanne.


Also, it’s interesting that guidelines to raising children are based upon the Old Testament.

Not many quotes from the words of Jesus.

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ゲスト
2023年6月02日

So Punxsatawney Phil is the singularly vital bit of culture these home-schooled kids missed? Well, Groundhog Day is a wonderful movie; I imagine many many homeschoolers regularly watch it in any case. OTOH, what do kids in public schools miss? Coherent narratives of history; access to now "toxic" classic literature (eg, Huckleberry Finn), and more. As a born-in-diversity kind of nation, why can't we accept diversity in how our kids are schooled? Is there really a one-way-is-right about this?

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ゲスト
2023年6月02日

Here is a story of teaching a class at Hillsdale. The quality of the students and "it turns out a good half of them were homeschooled." These attacks on homeschooling will fail because there are thousands of examples of well-educated homeschooled people who can now get around the propagandist "journalists" to tell the reality.



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ゲスト
2023年6月03日
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Hillsdale College has 1500 undergradudates. The University of Central Florida has 71,000. Hillsdale would be insignificant if no for a few think tanks in DC hiring someone of their students.

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ゲスト
2023年6月02日

Oh no, these kids didn't learn about a marketing scheme and that is bad. But the public school kids don't learn much about Christianity, even in a historical sense so they can understand most of Western literature up until the 1950s. Which is worse.


I just saw an interview with Dr. Judith Curry by a young woman. Dr. Curry was using Goldilocks and the Three Bears as an analogy of differing opinions of "just right". Before she did, she did caveat it with "I don't know if you are familiar with Goldilocks and Three Bears?" Such things can't be taken for granted these days. Just as a public school educated person from the mid-1970s can't be assumed to be fami…



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2023年6月02日
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First, anyone who believes that in the 1950's when only about 50% of Americans ever graduated from high school that they all knew more than a little bit of trivia about ancients Greece or Rome is laughable.


Second, Goldilocks was a trespasser, a vandal, and a thief. Goldilocks should not be read to children since it might groom the child to be criminals.

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