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Left Behind in Egypt

When our two oldest children were little, my husband and I liked to read Bible stories to them every night before bedtime prayer. They especially loved to listen over and over to how God delivered His Hebrew children from slavery in Egypt.

One night just before our prayer, I suggested that the children might want to pray for Mr. and Mrs. Heralds, missionary friends we were supporting in Egypt. Five-year-old Bethany’s head popped up from her pillow, and I could hear concern in her voice “Mommy, are they slaves over there?”

My husband and I realized that we needed to teach our children more recent world history!

Tiet Parsons
Arlington, Texas

Forms and Curriculum Approval

Many Home School Legal Defense Association families in Texas are being harrassed by the authorities as the new school year begins. School districts are asking home schoolers to submit an array of forms and even to submit their curriculum for approval.

HSLDA regularly advises our Texas member families that they need only submit minimal information indicating they are using a written curriculum and teaching the subjects of reading, writing, math, and good citizenship. No other requirements apply under Texas law. Home schools are not required to initiate contact with the school district. However, if the district contacts a home school family, the family must submit this written statement of assurance that they are complying with Texas home school law. We frequently remind school districts that this simple assurance is sufficient.

At Fort Briggs, an army official told a home schooling father to either submit his curriculum for the official’s approval or face referral to Child Protective Services. HSLDA informed this official that neither Texas law nor the Department of Defense require curriculum approval. — Christopher J. Klicka