Bill Gothard, ATI, IBLP, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Homeschool Curricula
The Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family has been a long-time supporter and promoter of Bill Gothard’s ATI homeschool program and foundational program at Institute in Basic Life Principles. Bill Gothard resigned from the Institute in Basic Life Principles in the Spring of 2014.
Gothard’s ministry had been a popular gathering spot for thousands of Christian families, including the Duggar family from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute conferences were also popular among families within the Quiverfull movement, who eschew birth control and promote big families. (Source)
After Gothard’s resignation, it appeared that the Duggars were distancing from the ATI homeschool program. The Duggar family publicly said they were now using Switched-On Schoolhouse (SOS) homeschool materials. Here is an interview Michelle Duggar gave with someone at SOS describing how the SOS program has benefited their family.
Last week, during the height of the Josh Duggar sex abuse scandal, I went to both the IBLP website and connecting ATI website to see if the Duggars were still connected with this organization or homeschool program in any way. I found that they were on the schedule. I waited another week and they are still listed on the schedule.
The Duggars are indeed still connected with IBLP and ATI and are scheduled to speak this summer at conferences. Some of the conferences will be via video; however, we can see in the image below, they are also scheduled to speak live at two events.
This family clearly approves and promotes the materials of Bill Gothard, even after his sexual grooming of 34 known women who have come forward. Something is very wrong here.
On this pdf, you can see that they will be speaking live at ATI Family Conference.