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VOLUME XV, NUMBER 6
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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 1999
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Teach Them to Dream Big Dreams: A Look at HSLDA's Conference at the Capitol

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First Hug

While watching the evening sky with my children as a particularly eerie storm developed, our eight-year-old son, Chris, became very frightened. Trying to calm him, I began talking with him of Jesus’ second coming, and how exciting that will be—how all people, even unbelievers will bow down and acknowledge Him as King.

After thinking a moment, Chris replied, “Well, everyone will be bowing down except for one person—me!”

A little perplexed, I asked him, “Why?”

“While everyone is bowing down,” he replied, “l’ll be running up to give Him His first hug!”

May we all love our Lord with the honesty and innocence of a child.

Bonnie Egan
Sumpter, South Carolina

South Carolina

Quality Public Education for Every Child

At its May 1999 meeting, The South Carolina Education Association identified a number of legislative issues as top priorities for the 2000 legislative session. The legislative priority that concerns home schooling families is the push to pass a joint resolution to amend the South Carolina Constitution to “require a quality public education for every child.”

Currently the state constitution only requires the General Assembly to “provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free public schools open to all children in the State . . .” Clearly, it is one thing for the state to provide an opportunity for all children to attend free public schools. It is quite another thing for the state to require a quality public education for every child. It is unclear what the full intent of The South Carolina Education Association is in seeking such an amendment to the constitution, but an unavoidable interpretation is that this constitutes an effort to abolish all forms of private education in South Carolina.

In the 1925 case of Pierce v. Society of Sisters, the United States Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a state law passed in Oregon which banned all private schools. Home School Legal Defense Association is confident that any such effort by South Carolina would suffer the same fate.

South Carolina home schooling families are urged to keep abreast of any efforts to further the agenda of The South Carolina Education Association. HSLDA stands ready to challenge the constitutionality of any effort to banish private education, including home schooling, in South Carolina.