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VOLUME XX, NUMBER 2
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March / April 2004


FEATURES
State Legislation Summary—2003
Battleground New Jersey

Late-breaking news

Congress investigates

With the help of others
College sports: Game on For Homeschoolers

What is the NCAA?

Sports organizations
Generation Joshua vision

Election realities

Generation Joshua leadership

Getting involved
Eliminating anonymous tips

DEPARTMENTS
Freedom watch
From the heart

From the director:In the armsof amazing love

Impact of the HSF General Fund

Mission Statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Members only
About campus

Elite education: Hope for our national crisis

SAT score comparisons
President's page

ET AL.

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise


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Election realities

TRAINING: Homeschooled young people gain valuable experience on the campaign trail in Arkansas.
The impact homeschoolers can make in elections is not speculative.In the fall of 2002, working under the Madison Project, seven teams of homeschool and Christian college students worked on federal House and Senate races across the country. They made phone calls and dropped literature on behalf of conservative candidates who believed in liberty. In six of the seven races, the conservative candidate was victorious. In light of this, and because of recent changes to the way campaigns are financed, publisher Joel Belz recently opined in WORLD magazine that homeschool teens could become one of the most powerful forces in American politics.1

The optimism of the Generation Joshua program is not unfounded. The number of adults registered to vote in America varies, but in most areas it is about 70%. Clearly, if more people become registered to vote, the face of politics will change. But even assuming registration does not change, making a political impact in America is not as difficult as some people might imagine. Consider that the number of adults who actually vote varies, but generally is around 50%. Of these, around two-thirds express commitment to a political party, usually divided evenly between the two major parties. Accordingly, in any given election, only about 17% of those who vote are actually in play. And to be victorious, only a majority of this 17% needs to vote in favor of the candidate we want to win. So, only about 9% of the people who vote really need to be reached to change the political landscape. This is doable.



  1. Joel Belz, "Secret weapon: Homeschoolers may become to conservative Republicans what labor unions are to Democrats," WORLD, October 18, 2003.