Topic: History

Title:Battle for the Child: The History of Homeschoolers’ Struggle to Be Free
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Traces the history of religious freedom and parental rights for home educators as recognized through court decisions and legislative battles.

Title:Homeschooling: The Struggle to Be Free
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:60 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Education, History, Legal, Legislative
Audience:All
Description:Homeschoolers have won the right to teach their own children in their own homes. How did this happen? Who gets the credit? Is that struggle over? Jim recounts the political history of American education and proves that the price of liberty is still eternal vigilance.

Title:A Sense of Family: Passing on Our Christian Heritage
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:Many American students know America’s history and founding principles, but how many Christian students know their Christian history? We as homeschooling parents have an unparalleled opportunity to show them how God has worked through His Church through the ages.

Title:From Tyndale to Madison: The Battle for the Bible and the Foundation of American Liberty
Speaker:Michael P. Farris
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Political, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:How the battle in England to publish God’s Word in the English language began a struggle for freedom that would impact the U.S. Bill of Rights.

Title:Defending the Freedom to Homeschool
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but forces are still at work to capture our children’s minds, bodies, and souls. These forces seek to erode our current freedoms and our will to preserve them. What can we do to ensure that the blessings and freedom we have to homeschool are secured for posterity? Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly answer that question.

Title:Parents’ Rights—A Crisis Is Coming
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Motivational, Parenting, Political, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:In 1923, the United States Supreme Court ruled that parents have the fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children. So why are parental rights suddenly endangered? Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly discuss the next biggest threat to homeschool freedom and what you can do about it.

Title:Knock, Knock! There’s a Truant Officer or Social Worker at the Door—What Are You Going to Do?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:There is no need to fear if you understand your rights, the law and how to manage the interaction with these government workers. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come hear HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike will discuss how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities

Title:A Hitlerian Legacy? Germany’s Treatment of Homeschooling
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–55 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:Education, History, Legislative
Audience:All
Description:German homeschoolers are threatened with fines, jail and worse. If homeschooling is a human right, why does a civilized nation treat homeschoolers like this? What are parallel societies and why are German judges and policy makers so afraid of them? Is the German homeschool experience the edge of night for America? Could this pernicious German philosophy make its way across the Atlantic to America and re—impose the difficult early days of American homeschooling? What is HSLDA doing to support positive change for our brother and sister homeschoolers in Germany, and what can you do to help? Come hear HSLDA staff attorney for Germany and homeschooling father Michael Donnelly answer these important questions.

Title:Why We Need the Parental Rights Amendment
Speaker:Dewitt T. Black
Length:60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:All
Description:Explains the constitutional basis for parental rights, the current threat posed by court decisions and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the need for adoption of the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Title:Why Teens Need the Parental Rights Amendment
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:History, Legal
Audience:Parents, Teens
Description:Joel explains the constitutional basis for parental rights, the current threat posed by court decisions and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the need for adoption of the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Title:What is Easy and What is Right: A Call to Greater Responsibility in the Youth of the Nation
Speaker:Joel D. Grewe
Length:50 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Motivational, Political
Audience:All, Parents, Teens
Description:The iPod—wielding, social—networking youth of today are often irresponsible. They lack motivation to do what is right, in favor of doing what is easy. Drawing from personal experience as someone who has had to choose between what is right and what is easy, Joel calls on the generation of today to stand up and do what is right, because it is right, rather than what is easy.

Title:International Homeschooling—Why Should American Homeschoolers Care what Happens over There?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Motivational, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Homeschooling is a growing global movement, but homeschooling parents overseas face the mounting pressure and challenges similar to those American homeschoolers experienced 30 years ago: social services investigations, fines, and criminal prosecution. In a world where ideas travel at the speed of light, should American homeschoolers be concerned about the plight of homeschoolers in other countries? Should we, and how can we help? Can what happens “over there” really affect homeschooling “over here”? HSLDA Staff Attorney, Director for International Affairs and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom. He will tell you why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there” and what can be done to help.

Title:Go Home and Love your Family!
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, History, Parenting
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:Someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, and she responded: “Go home and love your family!” Homeschooling is really about putting love in action, but does homeschooling really promote world peace? Parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father of seven Michael Donnelly shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace, but more importantly, allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty.

Title:Creature of the State?
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Legal, Motivational
Audience:All, Fathers, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents
Description:In 1925 the U.S. Supreme Court said children are not mere creatures of the state. The 1945 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that parents have the “prior right” to decide what kind of education their children will have. Is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? HSLDA Staff Attorney, homeschooling father of seven, and Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly explores this question and shares a presentation he delivered at the world’s largest human rights conference on the philosophy of law and social philosophy. In this talk, Donnelly examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling.

Title:Faith of Our Founders
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Q & A, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, History, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:In 1775 Patrick Henry said “give me liberty or give me death.” You know that the founders of our country were mostly Christian men who understood that liberty meant Christian liberty. But how much a part of our founding was the faith of our founders? John Hancock and John Adams’ battle cry was one of “No King but King Jesus.” While secular historians want to minimize the impact of the founders’ faith, the truth is that 93% of the founders were members of Christian churches. A knowledge of our history is critical if we are to ever recover our nation’s heritage. Michael Donnelly is an HSLDA Attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Patrick Henry College where he teaches constitutional law. Listen as he unearths the truth and import of the Faith of Our Founders.

Title:The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child—It Takes a Village to Raise Your Child
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, Political
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Will goes into detail about the history, content, and effects of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. He discusses the dangers it would pose to homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will discusses the shifting political support for the treaty, and what freedom-loving citizens can do to fight against this dangerous international treaty. He closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of this U.N. treaty.

Title:Constitutional Liberty, Social Services, and Your Front Door
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Will gives a historical review of the Founders’ intentions when they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He then discusses how many of the provisions in the U.S. Constitution directly protect homeschooling families. Will concludes with an informative and practical discussion that includes real-life examples of how parents can protect their Constitutional freedom even when an irate social worker is demanding entrance into their home.

Title:The Keys to the Kids
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45-60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, History, Motivational, Parenting, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Who really has the best interests of children at heart, parents or the state?
There is a growing chorus of voices insisting that children don’t belong to parents. Children, they say, belong to the “community.” In order for democracy to survive, these voices claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should only learn in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. Lawmakers are being prompted by these voices and misguided groups both in states and at the federal government level to hand over the keys to the kids. These forces want to dictate what children eat, what kinds of doctors they can and can’t see, and what they are taught! Skirmishes are being fought over this issue now—are you prepared?. HSLDA Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly and homeschooling father of seven will address these serious issues and tie together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control.

Title:Teaching a Christian Worldview Through Literature: Reading Your Way to an Understanding of how Christians Look at Life, the Universe, and Everything
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, History, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:All
Description:Join us as we look together at 2,000 years of Christian literature and discuss how to pass on a Christian worldview to our children using the riches of the past and present! Authors to be considered include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), poets and novelists, and theologians ranging from Athanasius to Lewis. Bring your own favorites, too!

Title:Taming the Hydra
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:History, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Is the federal government operating outside the boundaries of the Constitution? Does Congress delegate vast legislative authority to unaccountable regulatory agencies? How have we accrued massive deficits that put our country and our children’s future at great risk? How does the president operate freely without explicit grants of authority from Congress or the Constitution? How has the Supreme Court become a quasi-legislative power, deciding that it is the final voice on what is or is not constitutional? Is this what the Founders intended? Clearly not. But what can citizens and states do to restore the American republic and put our country on a sound constitutional foundation? HSLDA attorney Michael Donnelly will explore how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces.

Title:The Common Core Con: What the Common Core is and isn’t, How it will Affect Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Political
Audience:All, Parents
Description:Will takes his audience through the history of the Common Core’s creation, how the federal government and national education bureaucrats pressured states to adopt the Common Core, and how the philosophy behind the Common Core is deeply flawed. He discusses related concerns with the Common Core, such as intrusive national databases and how the Common Core is poised to become a de facto national curriculum. He closes with how homeschoolers and their allies can unite to push back against the Common Core.

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