The LEAH mock trial team from Schenectady, NY, was called “geeky” and “shy” at first, but by the end of their road to victory, they were described as “mesmerizing.” Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris will explore how this victory can positively affect homeschooling across the nation.
We’re speaking today with LEAH mock trial coach Tom Trouwborst. Tom, do you think achievements like this can help change the public’s perception of homeschoolers?
Oh most definitely, Mike. We’ve homeschooled from the beginning and there have been doubters and gainsayers among family and friends. And when we were actually in the tournament and in the state finals, some heard that we were going up against the New York City team and it was asserted that we didn’t really have a chance against those guys. And there’s a part of me that says, “If we would’ve known who we were going up against, we would’ve realized it all, we would’ve been, maybe we would’ve been in trouble.” But we—objectively so—we beat a very good school, and Nobel Prize winners from the school and so forth, and by God’s grace we’re able to come—not just go toe-to-toe with them, but actually to be victorious. And, I guess as they say, the proof is in the pudding, and I’m just really proud of the kids and really proud of the achievements of these families in training their children to this end.
So yes, the answer, Mike, is, it helps and we’ve had newspaper articles here, and people talking to us about what we've done in homeschooling and so forth. So I think it is a good thing. Thank the Lord for the movement.
Tom, thanks so much. As the LEAH mock trial victory shows us, homeschooling is a great way to achieve both academic and extracurricular success. I’m Mike Farris.