The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 3
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May / June 2003


FEATURES
A season to encourage

Burnt toast & sticky cards

A letter to my parents

The spiritual power of a mother
National Center hosts 2003 Summit
Farris addresses social workers

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

Homeschool litigation: preparing the way
Freedom Watch

What's ahead in 2003?
From the heart
Across the states
Active Cases
Members only
About Campus
President's page

Good judges make good decisions

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA legal contacts for November/December 2002



  COVER STORY  


A Letter to my Parents

Child Number One off to college! The first 12 years of homeschooling successfully completed . . . now, only 10 more years to go . . .

Despite the accomplishment of sending off your first graduate, do you find your determination flagging? Keeping your ultimate goal in mind can help.

The following tributes by homeschool grads to their parents, we offer to homeschooling moms and dads everywhere--whether you are just beginning your homeschooling journey; plodding along at the midway point; or sprinting toward the end. The young voices of these Patrick Henry College students express the sentiments of manyŚThanks, Mom and Dad!


David Cooper is the eldest of four. He was homeschooled for 12 years.
 

Dear Mom and Dad,

When I look back at my life, one of the things I am most grateful for is home education. The myriad of opportunities and experiences home education offers was a tremendous benefit. I know how much it cost you, and I am truly grateful from the bottom of my heart for the sacrifice you made in following God's call on you. It has impacted my life in more ways than I can say.

I love you both very much,
David


Sarah Lewis, the oldest of 10, was homeschooled for 12 years.
 

Dad and Mom,

How do I say "thank you" for homeschooling me? What a blessing it has been to learn from your teaching and example for so many years! More than anything, thank you for using homeschooling to lead me to God. In everything we studied, you gave me more than information; you led me to the One supremely worth knowing. I will thank you for the rest of my life.

Love,
Sarah

Dear Mama and Daddy,

I can't thank you enough for teaching me to love learning and letting me know you as best friends. I am humbled every time I think of the sacrifices you made. I will never have the words to thank you, but I hope to express my thanks by living my life to glorify God. It's still my dream to grow up to be just like you!

With All My Love,
Hannah

 
Hannah Curby (second from right) is the eldest of five children. She was homeschooled through grade 12.


Marybeth Clemmer is the second of five children. She was hmeschooled for 12 years.
 

Dear Mom and Dad,

Thinking back on my years in school, I'm reminded of your faithful support. Because you allowed me to try so much and always supported my endeavors, I wasn't afraid to try. What's more, I knew that even if I failed, it wouldn't diminish your love or support. I would never be here at Patrick Henry pursuing my education if you weren't behind me. Thank you so much!

Your loving daughter,
Marybeth


Rachel Kozlowski, homeschooled for eight years, has two younger siblings.
 

Dear Mom & Dad,

Your steadfast commitment to my education while at home has meant a great deal to me these past two years at Patrick Henry College. Your devotion to teaching inspired my love to learn. Even now, hundreds of miles from home, the energy you demonstrated despite the challenges and daily monotony of school serve as a continual reminder of the way in which I must approach every assignment and obstacle here. Thank you both!

With much love,
Rachel


Jeff Cavanaugh, homeschooled K-12, is the elder brother of three sisters.
 

Dear Dad and Mom,

I'm so grateful that you homeschooled me that I hardly know what to say. It has affected me for the better in almost every way imaginable, and in ways that I will continue to discover for the rest of my life. Being homeschooled gave me a unique perspective on life, taught me to think for myself, and gave me a love for learning that I likely wouldn't have gotten any other way. Thank you for taking the time and effort to be such wonderful parents by giving me this incomparable gift.

Love,
Jeff

Mom and Dad,

I want to thank you for investing in me through homeschooling. Back when you started, it was nearly unheard of, you faced criticism from family and friends, and perhaps you doubted your decision at times. But let me assure you that your sacrifice was not in vain. I would have it no other way! The qualities you instilled in me go beyond the academics--hard work, the importance of family, standing for what I believe, and growing closer to God. It has been your love, prayers, and support that have brought me this far. So thank you for sticking with it.

Your son,
Mark

 
Mark Wohlschlegel, the oldest of eight, was homeschooled grades 3-12.