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To Train up a Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl


Here is my “I Brake for Moms” column from yesterday’s Herald:

No child deserves parenting by the rod.

Luckily, I researched and wrote this article about Michael and Debi Pearl’s book “To Train up a Child” before I broke my wrist. One handed typing really slows me down. 😦

What I didn’t address in my column due to word count limitations, was homeschooling. I have carefully analyzed the copyright and decided not to share direct quotes. But page 101 is a crazed, bizarre manifesto, completely out of touch with reality.

There is a full-paragraph rant claiming that Planned Parenthood, the police, drug dealers, social workers and pharmaceutical companies are in league with the National Education Association to reap money by turning classroom education  into pits of despair.

The Pearls advise you to never put your children in private Christian or public school.They believe that leaving kids home to be corporally chastised is so much better.

To be clear, I support the right to homeschool your children. I understand that for many situations homeschooling is the best academic choice for children.

But I also believe that we as a society need to do something to protect homeschooled children who are in dangerous environments.

Now, I’m left with a conundrum. The intellectual in me would never consider burning a book. But I’m unclear about what to do with my copy of “To Train up a Child”. I truly believe that in the wrong hands, this book is dangerous.

So if you are a blogger who would like to review this book and help spread the word about the Pearls, I’ll send you my copy for free. It will be a relief to get it out of the house!



  1. […] She speaks more about the book and homeschooling here. […]

  2. Care says:

    I would love to, but I strongly suspect shipping to Canada is pretty well more than any of us are willing to spend. However, I may check out the used bookstores around and see if I can find my own. OH! And as far as what to do with your own, you can turn it into any number of really cute crafts!

  3. Suzy says:

    I am a librarian and I take that book home to my fireplace every time one shows up here. It’s been very useful in keeping my babies warm.

  4. Lana says:

    Hi Jennifer – I’ve been reading and enjoying your column in the Herald for awhile now. Somehow I didn’t realize you had a blog! So sorry to hear about your wrist. My older son plays hockey and is always trying to get me to ice skate with him, but I’m afraid of something like this happening 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  5. Colleen G says:

    I just chucked mine into the trash when my eyes opened fully to the crap I had been reading. It has been a habit of mine to treat books with respect and care no matter what but that one and another like it ended up in the landfill.

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