I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Party 2012 at 5 Minutes for Mom. The second post on this page tells more about me and why I write this blog. If you’re a homeschooler, please read this first post and do whatever you can to preserve our homeschool freedom in this nation.

I would like to challenge new homeschoolers to carry the torch of homeschooling without government interference. Please learn the history of homeschooling in the United States. Find out about what happens in other countries when people desire to teach their children at home so that they can impart their values to their children.
See this story, for example. In most countries, they are persecuted and their children are taken away from them or forcibly taken to public school.

We have the freedom to homeschool in every state in the United States – now. But it didn’t used to be that way. Chris Klicka and the wonderful people at HSLDA helped the early homeschool pioneers to fight to make it legal. Before that, people in the U.S. who felt that God was calling them to teach their children at home were treated just like those people in other countries are treated now. They were persecuted by truant officers. They were even thrown in jail. They had their children taken away from them. They had Children’s Services called on them. They had to hide in their homes and never go out during school hours, or they would get “caught” homeschooling. This was in the 1980’s and ’90’s. It wasn’t that long ago.

There are books that tell some of these stories of the hard-fought battle to make homeschooling legal in America. One of these is Homeschool Heroes by Chris Klicka. There are interviews with early pioneers that tell of the harrowing experiences of being taken to court and threatened with jail time if they continued to educate their children at home. One that I know of is at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/watchtalk/2009/09/01/cultivating-your-childs-potential. This is an interview that Diana Waring did with Zan Tyler, who began homeschooling long before it was cool or accepted. The Lord led her into homeschooling and led her through the fire of legal battles and real threats to her freedom. Her stories are amazing and hard for us to believe in the atmosphere we live in now with the acceptance of homeschooling that we enjoy.

But there are threats to our freedom to homeschool in the way that we feel led of the Lord. Many times there has been legislation brought up to try to regulate homeschooling. This has happened in state governments and even in the federal government. The homeschoolers of my generation knew that we were the beneficiaries of great sacrifice and work by the generation before us. Our local support groups and state organizations made sure that we knew that homeschooling is a privilege to be cherished. They told us to guard that freedom and not to be fooled by any attempts of the establishment to infringe upon our rights or to curtail them in any way.

There have been several attempts to force homeschool parents to get a teaching certificate. Education falls under the auspices of state government, so the rules vary from state to state. Each of us needs to watch our state governments and see what legislation they are considering regarding our right to homeschool freely without any government interference. Each homeschool family should join HSLDA and keep track of legislation and threats to our freedom and cases where freedom is already being challenged by public schools and legislators. We all need to stand together.

Please be vigilant about this precious right that we have and don’t hand anything to your local school district that is not required by the law of your state. Be careful and cherish homeschooling as the gift of God that it is.

I linked this post at the BIG Family Friday Link Up at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling

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3 Responses to “An Open Letter to the New Generation of Homeschoolers”

  1. thanks Penney for visiting Adventurez In ChildRearing – I will be praying for you and your family – I do understand – we have had our own spiritual battle going on – our adopted son came out of abuse/neglect and drug addiction and into foster care before us, his forever family- It’s critical to separate the spiritual battle from the child who is struggling – that the way God get’s the glory, and healing takes place. Love, honesty, prayer and more love will allow Him to have the victory that we know is His! God bless -and do know that your authority comes from the blood of Christ – the victory is won – you claim it in the name of Jesus! Standing in the gap with you –
    kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing´s last blog post ..Let’s Hear It For the Boys – All Five of Them – Our Week

      

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  2. by the way – thank you for this article – I needed to hear it- my pastors wife told me last week (and she’s a fellow hs mom) that I have a real problem with authority because I said I didn’t want to register with the county and use their hs services – I use an umbrella because I don’t want any govt interference in my home life- (it is legal in FL to do this- I am a law abiding citizen) I needed to read this article – just for reassurance ;) I’m a rebel with a cause – I know how I feel and what I think and believe – I realize she is the one w her head in the sand, and I love her anyway – but reading your article was perfect timing!
    kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing´s last blog post ..Let’s Hear It For the Boys – All Five of Them – Our Week

      

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  3. Bobby Jo says:

    Hello Penny,

    Nice to ‘meet’ you, and thanks for the comment over on my blog.
    I look forward to reading more in the links you shared above!

      

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