Hester Takes the Gen2 Survey

In December, my mother, who is still on several homeschooling mailing lists even though she’s officially retired from support group leadership, got a notice in her inbox about Brian Ray’s Gen2 Survey. Neither of us had heard of it, though apparently word had been circulating for several months (that’s what you get, I guess, for finally withdrawing, in large part, from the homeschooling community). Ray is the founder of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), and as you might expect has released many studies of homeschoolers in the past, almost all of which have been criticized for methodological flaws (see here and here). Continue reading

Why the Church Needs the Family and the Family Needs the Church (TBB)

The “TBB” in the name of this post means that it is part of The Big Box series. If you’re new to Scarlet Letters, read the introductory post to see what The Big Box is all about.

Hello again, readers! Hester is back from being “all rung out,” and ready to provide you with another installment of the Big Box. New this week is Jeff Pollard (bio here), a repeat speaker at the Uniting Church and Family Conference. As you’ve probably guessed, the terms “church” and “family” are central to his thought. Thankfully, unlike many of his associates at Vision Forum, Pollard meticulously defined these terms in his lecture, so let’s begin by examining his definitions, beginning with “church.” Continue reading