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  1. So I’m finally doing it. I’m finally giving Lisa Metzger her own thread. We’ve talked about her on The Activist Mommy (TAM) threads. I’ve never wanted to give her her own threads because she’s just as narcissistic as TAM. But I just feel like I have to after her post about homeschooling on bedrest. I will give some background. Lisa Metzger was homeschooled growing up with only one brother. She is currently pregnant with #14. This pregnancy started out as a twin pregnancy but she lost one twin earlier in the pregnancy. She is high risk due to many past pregnancy problems. Including almost
  2. We have been discussing the Tierneys over in the M is for Mama thread and I think she deserves her own thread, so here one is. Mods, feel free to change the title if you don’t like it. Kendra Tierney lives in an enormous mansion in LA. She has 10 kids whose names I can’t get straight because sometimes she uses nicknames and sometimes not, but they’re in age from 17/18 to a baby. They are all perfectly adorable (especially the baby) with no faults that I can see except that they have the tendency to suck up to their narcissistic mom a lot. Kendra has a ton of money because her husband is s
  3. Like most parents of school aged children during this coronavirus virus locked, I’m having to temporarily homeschool my kids (probably through the end of the school year). I have one in elementary school, one in middle, and one in high school. 3 different schools, 3 different online homeschooling programs with multiple teacher websites per student. Plus, one has Autism, and requires a 1 on 1 aid to help him through the school day—obviously that’s not happening now—well, I guess I’m the aid. anyway, it blows. I hate it. hate hate hate hate hate it. My hats off to parent
  4. I am working on a story exposing the churches I went to and the calculated denial of education that occured within them. If you are interested in working with the Houston Chronicle please comment here. Denial of diplomas, driver's licenses, jobs, etc. Physical abuse covered up by the church. You can keep your contributions anonymous if you'd like. We are looking for people who were homeschooled for religious reasons but suffered under Texas' lax laws that favor parent's "rights" over children's wellbeing. Right now we are focusing on GFBC, KBC, Crown and Covenant, and CBC. If you didn't
  5. More here. The group was linked the measles outbreak in 2015 And a sexual abuse case in 2018
  6. Get the popcorn out and rescue ferrets may be needed for this rabbit hole... We were discussing this family in the MisForMama thread and some suggested we create a new thread. Michelle & Rod have 12 going on 13 kids and most of the kids feel neglected because "Our mom is either pregnant, nursing, or making YouTube videos" and father is someone "We don't really know" and one kid says on Dr. Phil, "I feel like my dad is a stranger living in my house". The husband says the mom neglects the kids with her YouTube channel, GOTKiDz. The kids agree that the mom neglects them for their Youtube
  7. https://homeschoolsummits.com/parenting/ Including Geoff and Victoria Botkin of "Western Conservatory" (wow, they're sticking their heads out of their burrow), Kevin Swanson, Norm Wakefield, Emeal Zwayne (aka EZ, son-in-law of Banana Man Ray Comfort), Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies, and several others. The Botkins' topic is "Raising Kids to Stand on Your Shoulders" (meanwhile the actual PM of New Zealand is back at work from maternity leave)
  8. OK, new here and really struggling with finding my way around but think I'm in the right place - Atheist Club? If not, oops. Has anyone else watched Captain Fantastic? Got to say, we loved it. Noam Chomsky day, now there is a concept I can get behind! And secular homeschooling.
  9. starfish

    Bowe Bergdahl

    Hey everybody, I know Bowe Begdahl's case is all over the news. I understand that he was the product of "strict homeschooling" but I was wondering if anyone knew if his parents were evangelicals? I gather they live a somewhat off the grid existence.
  10. Just came across the Rembis family: 11 kids CPS currently has their 11 kids, age 16 months to 17, homeschoolers, antivax-ers. They have been reported to CPS in at least 3 different states with CPS taking various kids at various times. They had just skipped town in Lubbock, TX and moved to Colorado, apparently to try and stay one step ahead of CPS. When I googled them, the Medical Kidnap site was all over these people like stink on poop because of the homeschool angle. Here's the "official report" at http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/couple-investigated-states-facing-neglect-cas
  11. So, Ray and Charlene Notgrass (Notgrass History--homeschool curriculum publishers) are coming for dinner in a few weeks. They are "dear friends" of my parents. I have been summonsed. The long version: my parents are on the relatively liberal end of IFB, meaning they wear jeans, go to movies, and listen to mainstream radio. This also means marriage is one man and one woman, premarital sex is bad, and drinking alcohol is a no-go. They are high school friends with Ray and Charlene Notgrass, who publish a very white-washed version of history in effort to instill a "biblical world view"
  12. https://www.thelocal.de/20170406/german-parents-go-to-eu-court-after-police-seized-kids-in-homeschool-raid Although the parents are not expected to win in court, there is an interesting conversation going on about the general ban of homeschooling in Germany.
  13. Years ago a large family of bluegrass musicians visited my childhood church (in Georgia so maybe they were touring the Southeast, or possibly the whole country?) They arrived on their own bus, and I believe they were going on a tour of churches maybe? They gave a speech/presentation about how they were some of the very first modern homeschoolers and claimed that they paved the way for everyone else. I believe the dad said he was arrested once for refusing to send his kids to school. He told a random story about how the police came to his house and he went to make a phone call and the police th
  14. Have we talked about this Facebook page? It's a collection of outtakes from uber fundy Christian homeschooling texts, compiled, it says, by people who were subjected to them as kids.
  15. Forgive me if she's been mentioned before but I tried searching and didn't come up with anything. This woman is a mom of seven who has a website called the encouraging homeschool mom (it looks like this site is being updated right now but I've been on it and there's quite a bit there). She now has a new site just for her food, grocery haul, and freezer cooking stuff which was pretty popular on her other site. I've watched some of her youtube videos and most are about her once a month/twice a month grocery shopping at aldi and walmart. As a mom of eight I do find her 'buy huge amounts of n
  16. Anyone else follow Hannah Hagarty? If I had a gateway fundie it was probably her. Her blog is at cultivatinghome.blogspot.com, but she is mostly active on flickr/instagram these days. when I started reading her blog, they lived in a gorgeous old house in upstate NY, which they were fixing up, and had four kids or so. They had chickens and bought their meat "on the hoof" from local farmers and processed it themselves. Hannah sewed clothes, baked, canned and all the rest. Her husband Sean was self-employed (I think in real estate but I'm not sure) and seemed to be doing well. They w
  17. http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/07/how-a-guy-from-a-montana-trailer-park-upturned-150-years-of-biology/491702/ The article goes on to say he spoke German as a result of his family background and got into a German uni that makes room for the occasional exceptional student who lacks high school transcripts, but the bulk of the article is about his actual scientific discovery and its potential repercussions. It's an interesting read, but I'm curious about his upbringing. Do any FJers have an inkling as to what fundie group he might have been raised in, etc?
  18. GenerationCedarchip

    NOAH Plan/Principles approach

    Has anyone ever heard of the NOAH plan or the principles approach to homeschooling? I'm familiar with a number of different homeschooling philosophies (Charlotte Mason, classical, unschooling, etc..), but this is one I don't know much about. I just mention it because in my area, it suddenly seems to be trendy. The most I'd heard is that it has something to do with "learning as our forefathers did" and that it was big in the 90s and is now back. I was looking at co-ops for when my son is old enough for school, and I'd noticed a few in my area seemed to require parents to go with this plan.
  19. GenerationCedarchip

    It's Homeschool Convention Season!

    I went to my state homeschool convention earlier this month. Mostly, it was really good. Things definitely veer conservative, but I'd say the vibe is more mainstream conservative Christianity than hardcore fundie. The emphasis in most workshops was on educational methods, though some of the folks I was with waxed nostalgic about the days when you would get lots of courtship seminars and the like. The only fundie-ish stuff I saw were some of the YEC science vendors and some of the "providential" history materials. Michael Farris was there hawking his constitutional history, but I didn't get a c
  20. Blimey Cow is a youtube channel run by home school graduates. They hang out with Olivia Howard occasionally (from the Fresh Modesty blog) since they all live in the same area. Their newest video is about home schoolers and dating. It had some funny things in it (like side hugs and a song about the first time their shoulders touched). What do you think about their channel?
  21. Those evil librarians are promoting an evil gay agenda. And apparently even books like The Whipping Boy or The Midwives apprentices are considered trash. I want to troll this woman so hard and point out the most recent Newbery Award winning book is about grandmother and son who go to church and serve at a homeless shelter. Obviously part of an evil agenda. http://deeprootsathome.com/books-unhealthy-for-children-recent-newbery-caldecott-ya/
  22. devoe364

    The Flanders Family

    I just found this family on youtube! Flanders Video I am not sure how to snark on this family. Mom has a math degree. Dad is an Doctor. one of their daughters has a degree in Biology. Their children are actually worldly. they've volunteered overseas. One son has been a member of the military. Her kids are homeschooled, but seem like they are actually educated and aren't protected from the big bad world. One of their daughter in laws studied ballet (dance *gasp*) in College, and they don't hide that, and in fact seem pretty normal. Except most of their kids finished high school e
  23. I fell down a rabbit hole while I was reading the comments on the S'Morton blog and found myself at: http://simplyfarmhouse.blogspot.com.au/ Does anyone know anything about her? She seems like she has the gift of bitchy judgementalism and a less than stellar grasp of the English language. Her posts about how and why she homeschools are pretty damn snark-worthy. It looks like she spends a hell of a lot of time making her blog look picture-perfect and a justifying her lifestyle, and seems to equate educamacation with a handful of (Christian) worksheets.
  24. Continues from Part 3: http://www.freejinger.org/topic/24836-erika-shupe-grim-rictus-large-families-on-purpose-part-3/
  25. Erika *shudder* has not posted much new content lately. She's been mostly reposting old entries. *smug grin* The Shupes have 9 homeschooled kids. All of the children, from the teens down to the toddlers, go to bed at the same time. But the teens are allowed to get up as early as they want! *middle finger* Their days are blocked out in 15 minute increments, and everything is superduper organized. Most of the time the kids aren't allowed to play in the yard because it's too muddy, so Erika makes them run laps on the deck for a few minutes for exercise. Mealtime at the Shupe residence i
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