Topic: History

Title:Literature that Proclaims Christ: Stories to Show 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:Two thousand years of Christian literature have been passed down to help us imitate Christ in our daily lives. Join us as we consider just a fraction of these works. Depending on the workshop, authors discussed may include three different Johns (Bunyan, Donne, and Calvin), Athanasius, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, J.K. Rowling, and more.


Title:State of the Homeschooling Nation Address
Speaker:James R. Mason
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:General Session, Keynote, Support Group Leaders, Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, History, Legal
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:A serious but entertaining look at HSLDA’s recent cases and why they are important to you and your homeschool. You’ll want to hear about the Case of the Miscreated Court, the Case of the Rotten Big Apple, and the Case of the Caseworker’s Monumental Miscalculation. With over 15 years’ experience representing homeschooling families around the country, Jim has a unique, up-close perspective on trends, emerging issues, and what the future holds for homeschool freedom.

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 still 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 freedom we have to homeschool is secured for posterity? Come hear Mike, a homeschooling father of seven, answer that question.

Title:The Knock at the Door . . .
Speaker:Michael Donnelly
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Motivational, Political
Audience:All
Description:If you understand your rights, the law, and how to manage the interaction with government workers, there is no need to fear. They have a job to do—and so do you! Come Mike discuss the most frequent issues homeschoolers face when dealing with school superintendents, principals, and social workers. In this practical talk, Mike discusses how to homeschool legally in your state and how to handle encounters with civic authorities.

Title:The Parental Rights Amendment
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 why the Parental Rights Amendment is so critical to the future of parental rights and homeschool freedom. He discusses the history of parental rights in our courts and law, the current threats, future challenges to our liberty, and how the Parental Rights Amendment would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the God-given right of parents to raise their children. He closes with information on how each member of the audience can help in this crucial battle to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren.

Title:The Erosion of Parental Rights and How to Stop It
Speaker:Dan Beasley
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, History, Legal, Legislative, Parenting
Audience:All, Support Group Leaders
Description:Parental rights are foundational to a parent’s right to homeschool. While the Supreme Court has historically recognized parental rights as fundamental, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000 has led to confusion and intensified attacks on parental liberty. Come learn how you can help protect parental rights for years to come.

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 that 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. So is homeschooling a “human right” of the first order? In this talk, Mike 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. Mike also 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 famously 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 was their faith a part of our founding? 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 percent of the founders were members of Christian churches. An accurate knowledge of our history is critical if we are to ever recover our nation’s heritage. Listen as Mike unearths the truth about, and the importance of, the faith of our founders.

Title:How Fighting for Freedom Over There Preserves Freedom Here
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 growing globally, 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 help? How can we help? Mike has traveled the world supporting homeschooling freedom, and in this talk, he shares why American homeschoolers should care what happens “over there”—and how we can 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:When someone asked Mother Theresa what society could do to promote world peace, she responded: “Go home and love your family!” You know homeschooling is putting love in action, but does homeschooling actually promote world peace? Well, parents who homeschool their children produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and future parents. Isn’t this the essence of laying a foundation for world peace? In this talk, Mike shares why loving your family through homeschooling really does promote world peace—and more importantly, how it allows parents to fulfill their most fundamental and sacred duty.

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:The Common Core Con: What the Common Core Is (and Isn’t), How It Affects Homeschool Freedom, and What You Can Do to Fight It

Title:The Danger of U.N. Treaties: “It Takes the World to Raise Your Child”
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–60 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, 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 and the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He discusses how U.S. ratification of these treaties would threaten homeschool freedom, parental rights, and the sovereignty of the United States. Will also discusses the shifting political support for these dangerous international treaties, what freedom–loving citizens can do to fight them, and how homeschoolers have defeated these treaties in the past.

For longer sessions, he closes with a discussion of the Parental Rights Amendment, and how it would protect American families from the dangers of these and other U.N. treaties.

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 too much 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? Mike explores how an Article V convention of the states could solve many of the problems our nation faces.

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?
A growing chorus of voices insists that children don’t belong to parents. Children, these voices say, belong to the “community.” For democracy to survive, they claim, the government must require that children be taught approved values such as “tolerance.” Some of these voices say that children should learn only in government-approved schools or from government-approved standards and curriculums. These misguided voices are prompting both state and federal lawmakers to hand over the keys to the kids. They 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? In this session, Mike addresses these serious issues and ties together events both current and historic, providing perspective needed to fully comprehend currents and trends in a timeless struggle for control.

Title:Constitutional Liberty, Social Services, and Your Front Door
Speaker:William A. Estrada
Length:30–45 minutes
Type:Workshop
Topic:History, Legal, Legislative, Lobbying, 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:Rediscovering Our Great Christian Heritage
Speaker:Darren Jones
Length:45 minutes
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:History, Spiritual, Why Homeschool
Audience:All
Description:Many homeschooled students have detailed knowledge of the history of the United States, its Founding Fathers, and the Constitution’s principles. But do they know the history of the Church and Christianity? Rediscover 2,000 years of heritage and practice of the faith.

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