17 Mar

I was wondering how long it would be before former homeschoolers started speaking out about the restrictive and sometimes abusive control that many have experienced. I guess it has started….

Homeschoolers Anonymous

For the media: 

Former homeschoolers rally against abuse

March 16, 2013

A group of former homeschoolers are joining together to bring awareness to, and healing from, different forms of abuse in extreme homeschooling subcultures. The organization, Homeschoolers Anonymous (HA), is being coordinated by former homeschoolers across the United States, including California, Louisiana, Oregon, and Washington.

According to recent surveys, approximately 2 million children are taught at home in the United States. The total number of home-educated kids doubled between 1999 and 2007. While some are being homeschooled in non-Christian families, the National Home Education Research Institute claims almost three-quarters of those 2 million children have conservative Christian parents who aim to pass on their moral and religious values to their kids through home education. This makes religion the primary motivating factor behind this form of education.

HA’s creator is R.L. Stollar, who was homeschooled from K-12 and currently resides in…

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  1. theaspirationalagnostic March 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Good to hear that they have found their voice. It must be a hard thing to do after being raised in a ghetto of fundamentalism.

    • christianagnostic March 18, 2013 at 2:59 am #

      I agree…I remember as a young parent and trained educator, being concerned that Homeschooling was being touted as silver bullet solution.

      Many proponents promised amazing results and demonized public and even private schools. I was especially concerned when I started reviewing many of the faith based curriculum. They contained many half truths and an awful lot of ideological statements.

      Even as a Christian, I was very uncomfortable with the direction of the homeschooling movement that was emerging around 20 years ago..

  2. christianagnostic March 18, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    Any interested in this article might also want to check out a post about over at Spiritual Sounding Board.


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