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So. I was born in 1976. I started school in August 1980, just before I turned 5, at home - my older brother had attended an ACE kindergarten, and it was deemed too liberal by my parents (his teacher wore PANTS when she wasn't teaching!) #thread CW: Abuse
I was literally part of the first wave of Christian Right-wing Homeschoolers; my parents had planned to homeschool us illegally, and it became legal that month in Louisiana because a legislator's relative wanted to homeschool.
I learned to read when I was 4. I also was acutely observant and aware - because by that time I'd already survived broken bones in my arm and neck, at least one rape, and an STD. This made me hypervigilant, and also primed me to be skeptical of everything around me.
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I'm still reeling from the information that the gunman in San Diego last weekend was home schooled Christian and knew his Bible verses and used specific Christian coded language. #ChristianExtremism
So, last year there were reports of multiple shootings by Christian Extremists/Home Schoolers. Obviously, there were others by people in schools, etc, but I'm not here to examine those.…
This was called out by various people already, and it's not a trend I want us to take lightly.

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I live in the fastest growing school district in MT. We are trying to pass a bond the next 2 weeks to build two more schools cuz our schools can't hold everyone. You know who is actively campaigning to tank our bonds? HOMESCHOOLERS. #ExposeChristianHomeschooling
You know who is helping them? THE FUCKING CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS. They are actively posting on social media and trying to stop people from voting for our bond. #ExposeChristianSchools
The homeschoolers and private Christian school-goers are working against their own community to stop us from passing the bonds we need to make our community thrive. So next time you adopt a live and let live attitude toward them, remember this.
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So the governor of South Dakota, apparently without prompting and with no explanation, asked the State Affairs office to write a bill getting rid of the assessment provision in the SD's homeschool statute.

This is bad.
South Dakota is one of precious few states (it's 1 of 10) that has any kind of assessment provision that can actually be enforced, and it's minimal. Currently, homeschool students in SD take a test in grades 4, 8, and 11. Here's the part that makes SD one of the better states:
If a student's scores are low, the local school board can intervene (they usually don't, but that's a cultural problem not a legislative one). In South Dakota, if a homeschool student is neglected, *something* could be done about it.

HB 1065 tosses all that out the window.
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With #ExposeChristianHomeschooling - yep. I have lots to say. Necessary disclaimer: I am not opposed to home education, when said education is properly done (as I am doing with my child, as many other parents are doing with theirs.) I am doing #SecularHomeschooling. (a thread)
We did "School at Home" - starting with ACE. I was 4 when I started first grade; I turned 5 two weeks later. I finished first grade in under 3 months, so my mother made me repeat it.
Then we switched to aBeka for my second grade year.
Don't get me wrong - I loved aBeka because it didn't take me long at all to realize that all I had to do was skim the text for bolded words, and read the sidebars for "terms and definitions" - that's all they ever tested on.
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My homeschooling story is complicated by my parents’ entanglement with a fringe religious group, but I was taught that women should NEVER go to school.

I graduate this May with a bachelor’s in Molecular & Cellular biology (4.0!) at the age of 39.

Like many others, my parent opted for HS because it removed us from society. We had no oversight, no curriculum, no testing. It petered out around the age of 15 when I started working to help our large family make ends meet.

My “curriculum” consisted of the life skills they thought a godly woman would need:

•Lamaze childbirth breathing techniques
•Veggetable gardening
•Food prep & storage

But one skill turned out to be profoundly useful: I learned to read like crazy.
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I watched the #ExposeChristianSchools tag yesterday and felt a lot of resonance ... but now I'd like to #ExposeChristianHomeschooling.
Standard disclaimer: #notallhomeschoolers, and I know a lot of people who homeschool well and I have a lot of respect for them. I do not want to ban homeschooling in the US.

HOWEVER. There are patterns and cultural habits that are fairly endemic among homeschoolers, especially Christian homeschoolers-- but I've often seen secular homeschoolers/unschoolers/etc participate in these problems, often unknowingly.

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I’m going to talk about #ExposeChristianHomeschooling from a slightly different angle. I was homeschooled for 3 years, and have homeschooled for around 15 years; 3 of my kids are now in public schools.
Homeschooling in some ways was damaging to me because Christian homeschooling is so tied to the identity of being an appropriate mother. #ExposeChristianHomeschooling
And it was hard, and there was never any discussion about too hard, because so much of being a woman is about enduring. Quitting homeschooling was seen as giving up on the best for your kids. #ExposeChristianHomeschooling
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