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July / August 2003

Homeschoolers shine at competitions
Ready for the new school year
Farris given prize
The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

Signs of the turning tide

Timeline of the Stumbo case

The Stumbos' thoughts
Bush signs bill to protect families

Along the way

The National Center for Home Education
Freedom Watch

Watching school choice issues
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Active Cases
About Campus
President's page

Beyond our expectations


Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for March/April 2003



Counting the cost

by Chuck Hurst, Membership Director

"Which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?" (Luke 15:28).

Counted the cost of homeschooling lately? We all know it's not cheap. There are books, classes, videos, workbooks, tests, and membership fees. Then there's the time we spend-hours upon hours-preparing, teaching, and grading. Consider also the cost in relationships: some friends fade away, grandparents don't understand, interactions with your kids increase, and so, too, do the potential conflicts.

Yet, in spite of the costs, thousands of families make the decision that homeschooling is worth it. What's behind their logic?

Is it the one-on-one attention we parent-teachers can give? The opportunity to protect our children? The flexibility we have? The chance to meet unique educational needs? The opportunity to pass on our values to the next generation? Our passion to raise a godly generation? The rewards at the end?

For most of us, it's a combination of motives that drives us to homeschool. Ultimately, though, the reasons have to add up to something we see as valuable, something we treasure, something we can go back to and draw from when times get tough. Otherwise, we can find ourselves ready to give up.

One of the reasons it's important to stop and count the cost of homeschooling is that we will at the same time face the ultimate question--do we have "enough to finish it?" Before we start this next school year, let's take the time to compare the cost to what we hold as valuable. I'm guessing we'll find in the process that we have the resources to finish what we're building--even if it towers over us.

>> CORRECTION: Our March/April 2003 "Notes for Members" incorrectly states that Sally Ride was the first woman in space-thanks to two sharp young Court Report readers for pointing out that she was the first American woman in space. Both boys correctly pointed out that Valentina Tereshkova of Russia was the first woman to venture into space. June 16, 2003, marked the 40th anniversary of her three-day orbit.