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Homeschoolers Push Back against Restrictive Rules

On May 31, 2013, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in favor of HSLDA members Eric Thacker and his wife, Gail Morgan-Thacker, pictured here with their children.

 

When it comes to protecting parental rights and homeschool freedom, HSLDA and its members make a pretty potent team.

In short, homeschool activists have convinced state education officials to reconsider changes they wanted to make in response to a state Supreme Court case--a case argued and won by HSLDA.

Autism Speaks Announces Grant for iPads

Autisms Speaks announces grant for iPads; On-line application opens this week, November 4th, 2013.

Autism Speaks has announced that through the generosity of Sevenly, Wyndham Worldwide, the Geier Foundation, the James Walter Pickle Charitable Foundation, the Agarwal Foundation and Jonathan Izak, 800 schools and financially disadvantaged individuals with autism will receive an Apple iPad 2 with a Kraken A.M.S. case, by Trident Case!

Two Events for Families who Homeschool Children with Special Needs

 

We want to take this opportunity to tell you about two opportunities designed to encourage and equip families who are homeschooling children with special needs.

 

 

I Cannot Believe They Did This!

 

It's absolutely chilling and shocking that Germany took the Wunderlich children from their parents for the simple reason that they homeschool. Can you imagine sitting at your table to coordinate the day's academic lessons and agenda --- then to suddenly encounter 20 people at your door who proceed to forcibly take your children?  

Never Forget The Nightmare of 9/11

Where were you on  9/11/01? It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since that indescribable day of violence...

The 12th anniversary of 9/11/01 - I remember seeing footage of the plane crashing into the Twin Towers. Seeing smoke billowing from the Pentagon, and hearing about the crash in Shanksville, PA---it was absolutely unbelievable. Today, I also think of the four people that were murdered last year in Benghazi...

Bright Spots - Highschool Graduate, Business Owner, and Scholarship Recipient

 

At the young age of 16, Dyer, Indiana resident Joshua DeBoer is a highschool graduate, a business partner for Tech Team 911, and now a scholarship recipient. 

In April, DeBoer recieved a Westwood College scholarship totaling $90,000 from school president Bruce McKenzie. His ambitions are to study Network Technologies with a major in Systems Security at the River Oaks campus in Calumet City. 

 

Wunderlich Family - "We are fighting, but we need help"

At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013, in what has been called a “brutal and vicious act,” a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, forcibly removing all four of the family’s children (ages 7-14). The sole grounds for removal were that the parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, continued to homeschool their children in defiance of a German ban on home education.

Common Core - How Does it Affect You?

Common Core proponents offer upbeat descriptions of utopian educational goals along with detailed practical lists of what students should know and be able to do in grades K–12 in mathematics and English language arts. But those goals and standards are just two facets of the conglomeration of federal funding, preschool–workforce invasive student tracking, and one-size-fits-all computer-based learning that has become the Common Core.

From Guatemala To Your Kitchen Table

Guatemala is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. There are seven active volcanoes, a climate that is "eternal spring," a diverse topography that takes your breath away, a history that dates back many centuries and a population that is open, warm, and loving. In contrast, it is also the most desperate place I have ever visited! Although we stayed in a wonderful resort located in a beautiful section of the city (where they actually mop the sidewalks at least once a day), you only had to travel a short distance to see how most Guatemalans really live (or maybe it is more accurate to say die.) 

"The Most Memorable Epoch in the History of America"

John Adams predicted that our nation would long celebrate our decision to declare independence from England:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding Generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It out to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore."

Hope for Colorado Homeschool Families Harmed by Wildfires

Hundreds of homes in Colorado have been scorched by wildfires last week with still more in the path of these devastating flames. Already the Home School Foundation, HSLDA's charitable arm, has been notified of several homeschool families who have lost their home and school materials as a result of the fires.

HSF can help. But only through your support.

Because of generous donations to HSF’s Compassion Emergency Response, a program to help homeschool families impacted by a natural disaster, we can provide some relief to these families by replacing textbooks, teaching materials, and basic school supplies.

Homeschool Lobbyists – Watching the Walls of Texas

 

The Watchmen take their name from Isaiah 62:6, “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent”.

This new kind of lobbyist has proven to be a passionate and capable watchman to guard the walls of our fundamental stronghold of freedom: the family.

Bright Spots: Homeschool Students Excel in Moot Court

Heart racing, your pulse beats in your ears. Taking a deep breath, you sigh and let it out again. Scanning over the papers in your hands, you check them just to make sure you’ve got everything. To your left paces your teammate, reciting out loud important facts about the case. A door opens behind you and your mentor walks in. It’s time! You take a couple deep breaths, straighten your suit, and walk confidently into the court room.

Made in Heaven | Studing God's Amazing Design with Ray Comfort

 

The Bible tells us that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” This week on Home School Heartbeat, Ray Comfort, co-author of the book Made in Heaven: Man’s Indiscriminate Stealing of God’s Amazing Design, shares with host Mike Smith how man has imitated God’s creation.

 

Today Is the Nat'l. Day of Prayer and Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

One of the greatest privileges we have is to pray -- to bring our praises and petitions before our loving and merciful God.  And when we homeschool, we have many opportunities throughout the day to teach our children what it means to pray.

 

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