Homeschooled kids

Cloistered Homeschool Syndrome

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The Foger family came to stay with us one spring about 12 years ago while they were on furlough from Mozambique. Their eighth child was soon to be delivered. Although I had just met the family, I was highly impressed by them. The oldest daughter, 19 years old, was a joyful, hardworking, energetic, blue-eyed beauty. The next, a 17 year old son, was cut in the mold of his father, dedicated, reserved, and very mission-minded. The five other children were 13 years old and younger. The family sang together with strong, forceful voices, no bashfulness among them. The two oldest… Read More
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Hypocrisy in the Homeschool Ranks?

Hypocrisy in the Homeschool Ranks?

Michael Pearl

Why would homeschoolers be singled out as guilty of hypocrisy? Because it’s true—sometimes. I have observed parents, who are not hypocrites at heart, employ tactics that result in instilling hypocrisy in their children.

June 2014
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A Wise, Happy Father in Law

A Wise, Happy Father-in-Law

Michael Pearl and Debi Pearl

Your children need “hope” possibilities.

August 2013
3 comments

Response from Bill Gothard

Bill Gothard

In a previous article I characterized the teaching of Bill Gothard in a manner that is not representative of his views. He graciously called to inform me of his position. I asked him to document his views in a letter to me. Here is Bill Gothard’s letter in its entirety.

April 2009
13 comments
Young man

Patriarchal Dysfunctional Families

Michael Pearl

They plod on in blind faith trying to do better, but they blame their failure on their children…When things don’t work out like the model they have been presented, they shut the door tighter against the world outside, not realizing that their failure… is actually a universal side effect of a very bad idea.

October 2008
9 comments
Homeschooled kids

Cloistered Homeschool Syndrome

Michael Pearl

The Foger family came to stay with us one spring about 12 years ago while they were on furlough from Mozambique.

August 2008
23 comments

Jumping Ship (Part 4)

Michael Pearl

If you want to almost guarantee that your children will not jump ship (other factors being equal), provide a community life that holds promise of suitable future mates.

December 2005
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Jumping Ship (Part 3)

Michael Pearl

I was one of those children who jumped ship, and I did so for all the reasons you listed. My parents were hypocrites and expected the same from my sister and me.

August 2005
2 comments

Jumping Ship (Part 1)

Michael Pearl

What to do so your children don’t jump ship to the world when they get older.

April 2005
3 comments