Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Call for Stories for HA’s Upcoming Mental Health Awareness Series

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“Mental health is a fundamentally important part of our daily lives. It is as important — and as natural — as any other type of health like dental or physical health. But when we are mentally unhealthy, we are often afraid to talk about it. We can feel ashamed. Embarrassed. Terrified of what others might think. Alienated. ‘Crazy.’ …We need to break this stigma.”

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How Not To Homeschool Your Children: Judith’s Story, Part One

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“My parents started homeschooling me in the mid-90’s. Recently I asked about the factors involved that led them to homeschool, something I never thought to ask about previously because I always assumed it was for the stereotypical reasons. Turns out, they were not ever ‘anti-public school’, nor was it a matter of “we can better educate them at home.'”

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Results of HA Basic Survey, Part One: Demographic Considerations

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The Homeschoolers Anonymous (HA) Basic Survey was conducted for adult graduates of the Christian homeschool movement. 242 individuals took the the survey. Those 242 individuals represented 42 U.S. states and 8 foreign countries. The majority of respondents are from families which were members of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

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Homeschooling Is A Human Right, But That Doesn’t Make It Immune To Regulation

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“In a recent post, Ryan made the case that homeschooling is not a human right and, as a result, state regulation of homeschooling (or even outright prohibition, as in Germany), does not amount to a violation of human rights. As much as I have been appreciating his examination of homeschooling culture, in this instance I disagree with his analysis.”

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Pirates, Bible Abiders, and The German Tea Party: What Germans Think

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“One of the things I get asked quite frequently is ‘What do those living in Germany think about parents who want to teach their children at home?’ Also, ‘Is there as much hype in Germany about these cases like what we’re hearing in the US?’ which is quickly followed by, ‘Is it just not in your news?’ I’d like to try to share some of what I have seen and heard in response to those questions.”

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The Fundamental Reality of The Family Is Not Just Amorphous “Rights” Language

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“‘The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.’ That’s article 16(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights… That statement transcends legal controversy or political debate: it states a principle that is widely shared… It is an affirmation of how people generally feel about the dignity and centrality of home and family.”

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The Mutterpass: Motherhood, Healthcare, and Homeschooling in Germany

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“I usually stammer a bit and try to explain that things are just so different here with German culture vs. American or Canadian culture. With the healthcare system that we have, women who are prenatal and postnatal are well cared for and children are seen as an investment and something that the entire ‘village’ should protect. It all starts when you get your first positive pregnancy test.”

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“Diplomas Play No Role For Us”: The Case of the Wunderlichs

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“All the news articles I’ve read in English (from Fox, The Blaze, World Net Daily, CBN, World Mag and others) so far show very clearly that the authors know next to nothing about Germany, German law, German society at large, or the German educational system and its history. Instead, they’re happy to perpetuate myths and simply assume the police is this evil entity, because surely the HSLDA would not lie.”

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