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The fundamentalists were right: book learnin' gave me all sorts of ideas. feminist | bi | agnostic theist Christian humanist | bitter
Feb 13, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
If you've ever had the idea "homeschoolers are high achievers" or "homeschoolers outperform on tests" - you got that idea from Brian Ray. His ""research"" was bought and paid for by homeschooling activists, but he's also just ... not a good person:… My parents, like the Rays, also followed the teachings of Michael and Debi Pearls. Like Hallie, I bought into their abusive doctrine.

It took me years to finally strip off the distant, clinical terms I always used when recalling or speaking about the horrors of my childhood.
Nov 2, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
I found out yesterday my grandmother is a Trump supporter, and this latest revelation is forcing me to acknowledge something about many Trump supporters, generally speaking: I've seen a lot of Trump supporters getting upset about people "cutting people off" because of "politics."

And honestly that's just ... really revealing.

For me, finding out you support Trump signals a *rupturing* difference in values.

For them, there's nothing new happening.
Jan 23, 2020 9 tweets 2 min read
I have so many *thoughts* about the primary but I'm going to stow most of them at least for now and focus on something I don't see people talking about much:

...we're not really voting for a policy platform. Yes, POTUS has legislative goals, and I get wanting to make sure you're at least roughly on board with it. But in the end the only thing POTUS does with most legislation is sign it or not. Pretty sure all the credible candidates would basically sign the same bills (w/ exceptions)
Jan 30, 2019 7 tweets 2 min read
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:
Jan 20, 2019 19 tweets 8 min read
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.

Dec 13, 2018 65 tweets 21 min read
Me, watching the second half of the "Reflections: A #GC2Summit on responding to sexual harassment, abuse, and violence" oh goddess they're singing again
Dec 13, 2018 56 tweets 23 min read
Me today, watching the #gc2summit on #churchtoo: Kicking this thing off by singing the lyrics of "Amazing Grace"- a song about the repentance of a middle passage slave trader- I think is going to be pretty emblematic for today.

God loves us even thought we're BAD is probs going to be a major theme. #churchtoo #gc2summit