Homeschooling isn’t a full-time job—it’s two! That’s why both Mom and Dad need to be involved. This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith and his guest talk about the central role a dad plays in his family’s homeschool.
It’s a pleasure for us to welcome Scott Somerville to the program. Scott, you recently left your job as a full-time attorney here at HSLDA to start a new ministry. What led you to make that decision?
Mike, working at HSLDA has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life, but in my 14 years as an attorney, I’ve seen some problems that lawyers can’t solve. You know, it’s easy to defend the legal rights to homeschool when people are willing to fight for it, but it’s been distressing to see more and more families willing to give away what we fought so hard to win. And as we looked at the problem, it turned out more and more that it’s just what the Scripture says: “Without vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). And in particular, it’s dads. Some dads seem to be losing the vision of homeschool freedom that the rest of us are fighting for. So I’ve started a new network, the K-Dad Network, in order to try to import some vision to the homeschool dads of the world—trying to tap into the untapped potential of homeschool dads. We think the homeschool movement got this far with one spouse tied behind its back, and we’re ready to take it to the next level.
Scott, that’s great. We look forward to hearing more about your ministry next time. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.