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Hard Times—
Part V: How Does a Family Handle Financial Crisis?

Volume 37, Program 35
5/31/2002
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Can home schooling continue when a family financial crisis strikes? Michael Farris, president of Home School Legal Defense Association, addresses families facing difficult times on today’s Home School Heartbeat.

    Mike:
    How can a home schooling family handle the loss of a job, a costly accident, or some other financial crisis?

    Home schooling families facing financial hardship should first remember that, despite curriculum costs, public education is not necessarily cheaper taken as a whole. Also, your local support group may offer a borrowing program for used curriculum. It’s quite possible that another family will have the second grade history book you need, discarded two years ago by their youngest child. If you don’t know how to contact your local support group or home school state organization, contact HSLDA for the phone number of your state organization and we’ll help put you in touch.

    But what about those families that need a second income? Many home schooling mothers have successfully operated home businesses, or found a job with flexible hours, or even involved the children in money-making ventures. While you do need to be wary of hidden costs that a home business may involve, it’s also very possible to bring in some extra income without sacrificing the educational good of your children.

    It’s important for every home school family to remember why they began home schooling: because it’s best for your children. Remember the why, and the how will usually follow. This is Michael Farris.

To keep you up-to-date with the latest research on home schooling, you can receive a copy of the study done by Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute. Contact Home School Legal Defense Association at area code (540) 338-5600. That’s (540) 338-5600.


 
   
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