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Critics of Christian Home Schooling Are Calling for Reform. Here’s Why.

Mar 1, 2019

By Hannah Brashers

Last month, self-described “exvangelical” and writer Chris Stroop coined the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools. The hashtag was in direct response to the news that Karen Pence had taken a job at a Christian school infamous for its discrimination against LGBTQ students. #ExposeChristianSchools quickly exploded on Twitter into a collection of personal stories, highlighting the dangers posed by Christian schools for queer students, students of color, and women, which Religion Dispatches also covered.

Just two days later, the hashtag #ExposeChristianHomeschooling also began trending. Since then users have been sharing their stories of abuse, indoctrination, and educational neglect while also advocating for home-school reform.

There were an estimated 1.69 million home-schooled students in 2016, the latest year for which data is available, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. State legislatures, however, do little to ensure home-schooled children are receiving a proper education, largely due to the lobbying efforts of the Home School Legal Defense Association. In many states the lack of government oversight puts children at risk of physical abuse or educational neglect.

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2 comments on “Critics of Christian Home Schooling Are Calling for Reform. Here’s Why.

  • Thank you for (finally) recognizing that the problem isn’t homeschooling or private schooling but extreme indoctrination and control, which can take place in either environment. And, for those who still doubt the promise of secular homeschooling, here’s a list of colleges and universities attended by formerly homeschooled (in secular or otherwise tolerant families) young adults who I know personally:  University of Washington, University of Puget Sound, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Portland Community College, Chemeketa Community College, Pacific University, Willamette University, Southern Oregon State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Humboldt State University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, University of Redlands, Hampshire College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fashion Institute of Technology, Cornell University, New York University, American University, George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Lawrence University, Miami University, Oberlin College, George Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, University of Montana, Colorado College, King’s College London, University of London, Oxford University, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia


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  • @OP – State legislatures, however, do little to ensure home-schooled children are receiving a proper education, largely due to the lobbying efforts of the Home School Legal Defense Association. In many states the lack of government oversight puts children at risk of physical abuse or educational neglect.

    Negligence and incompetent  political meddling in schooling, does have consequences!

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/02/which-countries-have-the-best-literacy-and-numeracy-rates/

    Unfortunately America’s under employed , unemployed, and unemployable,  semi-literates in obsolete industries, are making full use of  their Dunning-Kruger confidence and “superior evangelical reasoning skills”, to read false news and keep voting for more Trump policies, in order to ensure the future of their children!   Sad really!

    It is obvious from my link, which other countries will have the future jobs and life-styles, they won’t look at!   The UK also needs to dump its political brexiteer morons, and “raising standards by way of cuts” charlatan idiots.

     


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