The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XX, NUMBER 6
- disclaimer -
November / December 2004


FEATURES
Charting freedom's course

Religious Freedom Protection Act

Case updates
Supporting homeschooling is so easy!

DEPARTMENTS
Freedom watch
From the heart

Giving thanks

From the director

Impact of the fund

Mission statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Members only
Around the globe
About campus
President's page


ET AL.

On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise


 «
  NATIONAL CENTER REPORTS  

» 


FREEDOM WATCH

Imparting a vision

"Where there is no vision, the people perish," warns Proverbs 29:18. Yet when people gain a vision for accomplishing something great, there is no telling what they can do. One of Generation Joshua's goals is to give young people a vision for taking America back to its Judeo-Christian foundations. To help accomplish this goal, Generation Joshua offers a self-paced online civics curriculum.

The online civics curriculum is free to Generation Joshua members. Find out more by visiting http://www.generationjoshua.org.
Currently, three courses are available online: The Founding Fathers, Introductory Constitutional Law, and Campaign School. In ten sessions, The Founding Fathers explores the lives and writings of men like the Reverend Dr. John Witherspoon. A signer of the Declaration of Independence and president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton), Witherspoon was known as the "Educator of the Founders" for his impact on so many of the men who gave their lives, liberty, and sacred honor on behalf of our fledgling nation. Witherspoon's sermon, "The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men," was highly influential in Revolutionary War-era America. Other Founders studied in this course include Noah Webster, Dr. Benjamin Rush, John Dickinson, John Quincy Adams, Samuel Adams, George Washington, the Reverend Jonathan Mayhew, and the Reverend Simeon Howard.

The four sessions of Introductory Constitutional Law introduce Generation Joshua members to one of the greatest documents in the world: the U.S. Constitution. If the next generation of homeschoolers is to help return America to its foundations, they must know what the Constitution says and what the Founders intended it to mean. Today, when a liberal judge declares something constitutional or unconstitutional, the average citizen cannot determine if that decision is correct. Ignorance of the Constitution prevents us from fully carrying out our civic duty. "Let us take care of our rights and we therein take care of our prosperity. Slavery is ever preceded by sleep," observed John Dickinson, one of the signers of the Constitution.

Campaign School was designed to help Generation Joshua members fulfill our motto, "Helping tomorrow's leaders elect today's." In five sessions, young people will learn how to place good men and women in elected offices. Even more importantly, students will realize that this is the only way to return America to what the Founders meant it to be. As William Penn wrote, "Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too."

The online civics curriculum makes a great addition to any homeschool program. Each self-paced, self-guided session includes readings and an automated quiz, making it simple for parents to assign government and civics credits and grades.

The curriculum is available free to Generation Joshua members. If you are not already a member, sign up at http://www.generationjoshua.org (the fee is $10 for HSLDA members' teens and $20 for non-member teens). Once your membership has been entered in our database, simply register for the courses of your choice and begin.

Christians young and old must gain a vision for America and for preserving freedom. Generation Joshua can help impart that vision. When enough people gain that vision and act upon it, great things will happen.