The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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a contrario sensu
Hide Your Eyes

    Our family has been home schooling for 12 years. We have always voiced to our children our belief that God wants moms to stay at home and “train up” their children, rather than turn them over to others. When our two youngest children were three and one, they were in the middle seat of our van in their car seats as we passed by a busy day care where many children were outside playing on playground equipment. Our one-year-old began to point to the children and get all excited. The three-year-old looked carefully at the situation and then quickly put her hand over the one-year-old’s eyes, saying “Don’t look, Becka. It’s a Day Care!”
—Patricia W. Wright, Goldsboro, NC

Of Bugs & Boys

    Out and about one afternoon, my sister-in-law and her five-year-old son passed by a sports field. My little nephew suddenly became excited at what he perceived. “Let’s go get my net!” he exclaimed. When mom asked why, he said, “There must be lots of bugs out there—look at them go!” Mom then had the opportunity to explain lacrosse.
—Paul Roseman, Victor, NY

Make That Two, Please!

    Our family currently consists of five children. Megan 10, Rachel 8, Noah 5, Elizabeth 2, and an unborn, unnamed child. When we told the kids we were expecting another baby, the older girls were thrilled, and our youngest, being not much more than a baby herself, was oblivious to the whole announcement.
    Little Noah was unusually quiet and said nothing. Then two days later, while sitting at the dinner table, he unexpectedly asked, “Mom, do you want a plain baby like Elizabeth?” I stared at him blankly for several seconds, unable to decipher this one. So he repeated himself, declaring, “Do you want a plain baby or a double baby? I want a double brother so it will be even.”
—Barb & Brian Powers, New Haven, IN

T-Rex or Allosaurus?

    My first grader and I were driving home. She noticed an airplane’s vapor trail and exclaimed, “Look! A comment!” I noticed the plane, and told her she was thinking of a ‘comet,’ but that the trail was from a plane. She added that she had heard that a comet had wiped out the dinosaurs. I replied that the theory was about a meteor, but that no one really knew for sure. She inquired, “What kind of ‘meat eater’? A T-Rex or an Allosaurus?” The thought of a giant meat eater hurtling through the sky toward earth made me laugh so hysterically I had to pull over my car!
—Jen Capone, Royerford, PA

Ones Upon a Time

    During our first year of home schooling last year, I had worked with my second grade son in writing simple stories. To my frustration, he always insisted he could think of nothing to write about. One day I found this short story lying on my desk. Since then, it has hung on my refrigerator as an encouragement and a reaffirmation of our decision to home school. Below is a copy of his handwritten story:
—Nancy Stapp, Tuscaloosa, AL

Onse Upon a Time

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