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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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In Defense of Liberty: State Rise to Protect Religious Freedom

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Reality Check
When my 20-year-old son was a young boy he watched animated videos occasionally, but he struggled with understanding the difference between “make believe” and “real.” My husband, who worked in the television business, had tried to explain and demonstrate the differences. Still, our son was skeptical. One day, my son and I sat and discussed the matter for a long time. At the end of our conversation, the light appeared to be dawning. He seemed so excited at grasping this new concept. He turned to me in his exuberance and whispered in my ear, “I know they’re make believe and you know they’re make believe, but do they know they’re make believe?”

Debi Hall
Chesapeake, Virginia
Virginia

Standards of Learning

Fredrick and Fairfax County public school systems have begun to require additional information concerning standards of learning. Home schoolers operating under Option 4 (approved-curriculum option) typically submit a copy of the table of contents of their textbooks to show that the curriculum complies with the math and English standards of learning.

A number of Home School Legal Defense Association families in Fairfax county have received correspondence from the school system, containing a list of all of the standards of learning and demanding that the family establish how their curriculum satisfied each one. Parents who are home schooling under options 1, 2, and 3 also received the same letter—even though they are under no obligation to prove they are complying with the standards of learning.

In Frederick County, the school system demanded that families bring in books for analysis. HSLDA continues to advise our members that a copy of the table of contents is sufficient. These new demands are out of line.