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Freedoms Cracking?

The White House has questioned home school freedoms by rejecting its status as a “fundamental right.”. Mike Smith, president of HSLDA, explains the implications of this position on this edition of Generations.

Listen to this time-sensitive and critical interview at this link: White House Threatens Home School Rights

As we look back on 30 years of defending homeschool freedom, it evokes poignant memories of family milestones: The moment of realizing that homeschooling was just what a child needed. That exhilarating first day of bravely stepping out on a different path than everyone else. The joy of seeing children learn, grow, and graduate . . . and even start homeschooling their own children.

HSLDA Celebrates 30 Years of Defending Homeschool Freedom

Join HSLDA’s attorneys for a cornucopia of encouragement: these homeschool graduates and parents want you to know that homeschooling works! From deepening family relationships to allowing children to pursue their interests to passing on the torch of fervent faith and a vision to make a difference, home education yields an abundant harvest.

Homeschooling: A Bountiful Harvest

What are home-educated children like when they get older? How about at 13 to 17 years of age, or when 18 to 23 years old? That is a very broad question. Narrowing it down, professors Hill and den Dulk wondered, Do young people continue to be engaged in volunteering at different rates depending on their educational setting background?[1] They examined this topic, persisting in volunteering, as one way to hypothesize about civic engagement.

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Supreme Court is Unanimous!

In a historically-significant move, Canada’s Supreme Court voted unanimously to persecute Christians who speak against “sin” as defined by the Bible. No surprise here. But this will profoundly reshape the last few Christian churches in that country. Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner discuss the church’s response to the Christian apostasy in the West.

Canada Steps Up Persecuting Christians

No matter how well things are going in your family, there will be good days and bad days, says HSLDA Toddlers to Tweens Educational Consultant Vicki Bentley. A veteran homeschooling mother to 8 biological and 50 foster children, Vicki knows just how good or how bad things can get.

“I hate you and I hate homeschooling!” Vicki’s 14-year-old daughter shouted. In this video, Vicki takes an honest look back at one of her worst days of homeschooling and a hope-filled leap forward to the good fruit and strong relationships that grew out of her family’s homeschooling journey.

In fact, Vicki says the development of relationships is one of the most important fruits of homeschooling. And today her children recognize the gift of those relationships and the unique opportunities that home education provided—from professional acting to missions work to running their own company.

Vicki encourages parents “not to compare your family to another family, but to ask God to give you His vision for your family.”

Watch now. >> HSLDA Video Series, Episode 12: Homeschooling Through the Bad & the Good

Fascinating things are often associated with homeschooling. Dr. Lisa Meltzer does research on sleep in children with chronic illnesses, the impact of deficient sleep on adolescents with asthma, and developing objective and subjective measures of pediatric sleep and she just finished a study involving homeschoolers.

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An important article from HSLDA that we encourage every home schooler to read.

Sobering Thoughts from the Romeike Case

By Michael Farris, J.D., LL.M.
HSLDA Founder and Chairman

http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/2013/201302110.asp

Occasionally a news outlet makes it a point to associate a teen’s schooling type with his evil behavior. My experience is that you will (almost?) never see a headline that reads “Public-school teen shoots a peer” or “Public-school teen rapes neighbor girl.” Several days ago, however, the world was faced with “New Mexico homeschooled teen … accused of murdering family.”[note 1]

If you read the Internet for news, it seems that so many tragic stories are right in front of your face and on your mind. It appears evil is ubiquitous and you must worry all the time. And if you are part of a minority group – for example, homeschooling – then you might feel extra-sensitive or defensive about your group.

A news story like the one out of New Mexico begs the question, Are homeschoolers more or less violent than others?

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It seems it is dreadfully difficult for most Americans to remember, understand, and apply the history of the past 300 or so years. After 30 years of the modern homeschool movement, always-present private institutional schools, and the largely home-based education children experienced in what is now the United States from 1700 to 1900, the cry for the “common experience of public school” – and against homeschooling – still rattles around the country, on blogs, and in academic journal articles.

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