Salon Magazine covers this story. Their angle: conservative Christians are beginning to speak out about this. The article includes some penetrating analysis from Christian homeschoolers.
A friend of the family shares some thoughts. I appreciated her tone and how she points the way forward with both heartbroken love for the family and bold resolve to speak out about the issues and methods.
Timberdoodle, a homeschooling supply company, speaks out about this on their company blog: Discipline and Murder
And here’s the company store site, in case you would like to do business with them: Timberdoodle
Tulipgirl pulls together some quotes about the Pearls’ recommendation that parents make “total defeat” their goal in disciplining children, showing how that could lead a convinced reader to take spanking to greater lengths than any normal parent would commonly think of doing.
Seeking insight? Nearly everyone who encounters this tragic story responds to it with very strong emotions, by turns feeling anger, then sorrow, then bewilderment Many are asking why anyone would use this material in the first place, since it seems patently over-the-top. Here’s a story of how one mother turned to the Pearls for help raising her young brood of kids, and why she eventually turned away from their methods. Giving Up on ‘To Train Up a Child and here’s another few brief remarks from a mother who tried to follow their methods and let them lapse for fear of hurting her child.