Membership benefits expand
In the July/August Court Report, HSLDA announced several discounts we had negotiated with vendors on behalf of our members. These vendors offer products or services we believe you will find truly valuable, such as the following:
- Dell: Computer equipment at a discounted rate. Discounts range from 2-10%.
- God's World News: 25% discount on weekly full color "newspaper" for children grades PreK-9.
- Liberty Mutual: Discounts up to 20% on home and auto insurance.
- National Car Rental: Discounts of 5% on leisure rentals and up to 20% on business rentals.
- National Driver's Ed Institute: $25 off this parent-taught driver education program.
- SmartThinking: Online tutoring in everything from calculus to essay brainstorming for a discounted rate of $25 per hour.
Visit our website at http://www.hslda.org for more details and the latest additions.
If you know of other companies who provide a valuable nationwide product or service and who might be willing to offer a discount to 70,000 home schoolers, please e-mail contact information and a brief description of the product to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new pioneers: A word of explanation
The July/August Home School Court Report cover story generated more member response than we have seen in recent years. Overwhelmingly, the feedback was positive-families expressing appreciation for the encouragement they found in reading this story. We also received many more requests than normal for additional copies of this issue.
However, several members took issue with the article. Helen Sanders, M.D., of Weston, Massachusetts, pointed out that the article said, "a lower income . . . forces both parents to work, which rules out home schooling." She countered, "Working parents can educate their children at home very well. I know because I have done it." Good catch, Helen! The statement that both parents working rules out home schooling was actually part of the challenges and misconceptions that Gilbert Wilkerson was enumerating. At some point during our work on the article, this statement lost not only its quote marks, but its context as well. We apologize.
Other readers expressed strong concerns that this article promoted segregation or divisiveness within the home schooling community.
This was never our intention. HSLDA's goal is to spread the news that home schooling works-for everyone! Our intent with this edition of the Court Report was to reach out to people we knew to be struggling, identify the issues they're struggling with, and encourage them.
We are not promoting, at any level, segregated home schooling. Rather we pray that home schooling will be an agent of reconciliation and restoration.
Finally regarding our choice of the term "pioneer." Groups of settlers took to the Oregon Trail in significant numbers beginning in 1843. This "pioneer" movement lasted until 1869. Those who traveled in the last wagon train were still called pioneers, even though the first group had set out and begun settling the western territories 26 years before. However, even the pioneers in the first wagon train were not the first settlers of European extraction to make their home in what is now Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California.
We used the word "pioneers" in our headline in the same understanding of the term. As the article stated, the Burges and the Wilkerson families have both been home schooling for 12 years. A handful of other Black families, scattered across the country, have also been home schooling for similar lengths of time, or longer. But only in the last two years have we begun to see Black home schoolers emerging in significant numbers-like the wagon trains heading west on a journey of exciting promise and tremendous reward.