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Help needed for German Home Educators

From Michele Moore

Dear friends. We are back in Europe helping the German homeschoolers again. We are over the boarder in Denmark. The last three days we have been working with a family who fled Germany last week. They have 4 children and are down to zero resources having paid many fines. The authorities attempted to take their children but they have escaped via Berlin. Their car is in a bad way. Peter has assessed it and it needs major work. They are hoping to drive to the UK. We asked our contacts there for a message on their homeschool website. A South African missionary has offered some help. If anyone would like to pray for Toni and Vanessa and family and/or offer any other help that would be great. Anyone who would like to pray for or help support Peter & me during our time here would be much appreciated too. Many thanks, Michele Moore.

Michele’s contact details: mpmoore@actrix.co.nz

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online:https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

 

I Homeschool, but not Primarily Because of My Children

by Israel Wayne

“I could never homeschool my children. I don’t have enough patience. I couldn’t stand to have them around me that much!” Have you ever heard that line? What about: “I can’t wait for the school year to start! It will be such a relief to have the children back in school. They are driving me crazy!”

I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard these sentiments expressed. Many parents even say such things within earshot of their children.

Whenever a parent says something like that to me, my immediate response is, “Well, I guess that you, even more than other parents, really need to homeschool your children!” This always results in dropped jaws and incredulous stares.

Why Does God Want You to Teach Your Own Children?

There are two main reasons that God wants you to take responsibility for the discipleship of your children. The first reason has nothing to do with your children. That’s right! As counter-intuitive as it sounds, God wants you to teach your children for a purpose that doesn’t relate to them and their needs.

You see, whether or not we like to admit it, we have issues. Not just teensie-tiny issues; we have really, really big character flaws! One of our primary problems is that we are born inherently selfish (see Ps. 51:5). God is merciful and He will not allow us to remain the selfish people that we have always been. If you belong to Him, He will discipline and train you (Hebrews 12) to become conformed into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).

One of the primary means by which God works out the selfishness and carnality in our lives is by allowing crisis into our lives to show us what we are truly like. To accomplish this more effectively, God hand-crafted customized little button-pushers, who are strategically designed to bring out the worst in us. They intuitively know how to rub us the wrong way. If you have ever wondered how on earth your children can be so effective in driving you crazy, it’s because they were custom made for that purpose. Annoying you is their primary job.

If you can come to grips with this fact, it may very well change the way you approach parenting. I remember coming home from work one day to find my young wife frazzled and at her wit’s end. Our two-year-old had stretched her to her limit. “He is SO disobedient!” she lamented.

“Did you expect something different?” I asked. “Of course he is disobedient. He is two years old.” Our job is to train him how to become something other than who he is. He doesn’t know how to do anything different unless we teach him. That teaching process is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s not going to happen in one day, or one month, or even one year. We’re in this for the long haul.

She breathed a long sigh and admitted, “I’m not sure that I’m up for this!”

Of course we’re up to this! God wouldn’t have given us this child if He didn’t know that we were up to the challenge. You see, God is doing the same thing to us that we are trying to do with our children. He is teaching us that life is not about us. The quicker we learn this lesson, the sooner we can start passing it on to our children. You can only give to someone else what you possess yourself.

God Wants YOUR Heart

That is why Deuteronomy 6 says, “This law which I give you this day shall be on your heart.” That is the starting point. God turns the hearts of the fathers first to the children, and only then does He turn the children’s hearts to the fathers (Mal. 4:6). God wants the hearts of the parents and He knows that if you are sub-contracting your children off to outside agencies to spare you the effort of the 24/7/365 parenting process, you are missing out on perhaps the primary means that God has established for your sanctification.

I recently heard a homeschooling mother lament the fact that she had much more time for Bible reading and prayer before she had children. I can certainly relate to that feeling! It seems like the more children you have, the more the pressures and responsibilities of life crowd out the things that we consider luxuries, such as taking naps, exercising, having a social life or developing our spiritual disciplines. It would seem that unmarried people (or at least people without children) have a much greater chance of being truly spiritual, since they are not distracted by the hectic pace of life brought on by child-rearing.

The reality is, however, that all of that external pressure we experience, as we homeschool our children each day, is the means by which God is sanctifying and conforming us into His image. The pressures of everyday life with our families (bills, medical needs, sickness, household mess, conflicts, etc.), are like an anvil on which God, the great spiritual blacksmith, hammers out a tool that is fit for His use.

A mother told me recently that she felt that things would be much more peaceful relationally if she sent her children to a government school. I told her things would also be much more peaceful if she and her husband would separate and live in different homes. Absence reduces conflict. It also drastically reduces the potential for relationships.

Our flesh wants to run away from this discipleship process as far and as fast as we can! We want no part of pain. We want comfort and ease. We want the world to revolve around us and our desires. We love us some us! But God is too kind, and gracious, and merciful to let us stay stuck as a slave to the kingdom of self. He wants to teach us how to take up our cross daily, deny ourselves, follow Him, and love and serve little people who don’t appreciate it (see Luke 9:23).

Once God has captured your heart and will, He then turns His focus to your children, and uses you as an agent of His grace in their lives. Your parenting will be far more effective when you can teach your children, by your own example (rather than your mere words), how God is conquering your sinful nature and self-absorbed worldview. Yes, your children need to be homeschooled so they can be trained in the way they should go, but you need it more. When a student is fully trained he will become like his teacher (Luke 6:40).

Israel Wayne is an author / conference speaker and Director of Family Renewal, LLC. He is the author of the books, Education: Does God Have an Opinion? and Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask. www.FamilyRenewal.org

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

How to strengthen the homeschooling community

How to strengthen the homeschooling community

Look to our past, focus on the present, and plan for the future

by Tracy Klicka

I grew up wearing mood rings and bell bottoms, playing with Shrinky Dinks and an Easy Bake Oven, and listening to songs like “Summer Breeze” and “American Pie.” Yes, I was a child of the late‘60s/early‘70s. Back then, I hadn’t even heard of homeschooling. Yet, while many of us were still kids, the modern homeschooling movement in America was born.

While it’s true that as far back as Colonial America, many families?some well-known like the families of George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson?taught their children at home, it wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s that the homeschooling population had grown enough to even be noticed. These parents were the pioneers of a new movement to strengthen the family and better educate their children. Home educators during these years would have been noticed more so, if the vast majority of them hadn’t been homeschooling underground due to an unsupportive legal climate for home education in most of the US.

The 1980s marked a significant shift, however, thanks in part to several individuals who laid the groundwork?educational reformers like John Holt, Raymond Moore, and Gregg Harris?as well as the monumental legal efforts of the Home School Legal Defense Association. Because of their hard work and the hard work of many others, the message of educational freedom and parental rights spread, along with legal changes which codified those freedoms in many states.

In 1990, the first year I started homeschooling our oldest child, Bethany, the homeschooling landscape in America looked far different than it does today. Families who answered God’s call to teach their children at home were still considered pioneers?trailblazers who faced a lack of curriculum choices and uncertain freedom?even though it was now legal to homeschool in all but a handful of states. With a strong sense of conviction and armed with a hopeful resolve, these pioneers forged the trail that eventually became a highway for families wanting to give their children an excellent, moral education.

Why is looking to the past important for homeschooling families today?

The sacrifices and efforts made by those pioneers?educational thinkers, HSLDA, and individual families?were costly ones. They made possible the climate of freedom, acceptance, and accessibility we all enjoy. The work of my late husband, Christopher Klicka, Senior Counsel at HSLDA and a much-loved speaker at homeschool conventions, gave me an insider’s view of the movement as a whole. As a homeschooling mother of seven children, the youngest now 16, I personally watched the movement grow from toddlerhood to adulthood.

We have benefitted greatly from the work of our homeschooling forefathers, and looking through the scrapbook of our past helps us to remember the price that was paid in the early years of the homeschooling movement so that we might enjoy great freedom today. If you haven’t read about the beginnings and development of homeschooling in America, I encourage you to read Home Schooling, the Right Choice and Home School Heroes, the Struggle and Triumph of Home Schooling in America, both written by my late husband, Chris. His books have documented well the vast amounts of our nation’s homeschooling history.

The wisdom of focusing on the present

While home education is definitely mainstream, the landscape is rapidly changing in America. Burgeoning governmental regulations and an increased intolerance of Judeo-Christian religious expression make the sacrifices of our nation’s homeschooling pioneers even more valuable. This growing threat of pervasive governmental control could spell trouble for the future of our homeschooling freedoms.

Because more regulation is always possible, as home educators we would be wise to do everything we can to maintain our current educational freedoms. How do we do this? By teaching our children well, being committed to our children’s academic success, complying with state homeschooling regulations, joining with HSLDA to advance and protect educational freedoms, and setting an example in our own homes of faithfulness, diligence, and love.

God is with us to help in all of these areas. Yet, as freedom can never be guaranteed, our efforts today are just as important as were those of America’s homeschooling pioneers. Giving great attention to what we are doing now as homeschoolers builds the life and integrity of home education in the US.

Planning for the future–an opportunity too good to pass up

Part of what has made the home education movement strong, as mentioned earlier, are the efforts of homeschooling pioneers who worked hard to lay a solid foundation and ensure freedom for every family who wanted to teach their children at home. Another reason we are strong, however, lies in our awareness that we are a community?knit together by a desire to give our children our very best. Although each of our homeschools may look quite different from each other (the liberty to creatively provide for our children’s education is one of the best advantages of homeschooling) our commitment to helping each other succeed is quite possibly as strong as our desire to school well ourselves.

Promoting the success of the homeschooling movement is planning for its future. How do we do this? As parents, it starts with looking at our own homeschools, assessing areas where we can do better tomorrow than we did today. Another equally important way to encourage the success of homeschooling is to partner with organizations that assist families that are homeschooling through hard times, like the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA. When we reach out to homeschooling families facing difficult challenges, we are investing in the strength of the movement as a whole.

We have been given a great treasure?our homeschooling past, from which we now enjoy the fruit of parental and educational liberty. But like anything worth possessing, it must be rightly stewarded to ensure its future value. We do this not only for our own good, but for the good of our community and, ultimately, for God’s glory.


Biographical Information

Tracy Klicka (MacKillop) is the widow of former HSLDA attorney Christopher Klicka and homeschooling mom of seven (mostly graduated and married) children. As a seasoned homeschooler and gifted writer and speaker for over 17 years, Tracy has addressed thousands of parents at homeschooling conventions and women’s event’s, has written dozens of articles, and has contributed to her late husband’s books on homeschooling. She currently serves as Director of Development for the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA. Out of many personal hardships, Tracy loves serving and encouraging homeschooling families. She and her husband Peter live in Northern Virginia. She can be reached at tracy@homeschoolingfoundation.org

Copyright, 2015. Used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine, 2015 Print Edition. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

 Used with Permission

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

From Homeschool Heartbeat: WORK+HOMESCHOOL

I have not listened to this yet. Whenever I have listened to Homeschool Heartbeat it has always been helpful and encouraging. So I think this will be as well.

Work + Homeschool: The Paradox That’s Helping Families Soar: An Interview with Pamela Price
How can you successfully homeschool your kids and work at the
same time? Is that even possible?
Tune in to this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat as Pamela Price—a
blogger, author, and homeschooling mom—offers tips and guidance
for working homeschool parents.
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In this podcast, you’ll learn about:
  • How to become a successful ‘homeschool entrepreneur’
  • The diversity of homeschooling
  • Why self-care is so important
  • How to homeschool as a single parent
  • The most essential thing for working homeschool parents
  • to remember
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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online:https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

 

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Cuban Parents Sentenced, Judge Denounces “Capitalist” Homeschooling

April 26, 2017

Sign the petition to support the Rigals

Mike Donnellyby Mike DonnellyHSLDA Director of Global Outreach

HELP THE RIGAL FAMILY

Ramón and Adya Rigal have been sentenced, but are appealing their conviction. We are asking our members and friends to join us by signing a petition to the Cuban government to respect the rights of parents to homeschool their children and to cease its prosecution of the Rigal family.

SIGN THE PETITION »

Yesterday, a Cuban court sentenced pastor Ramón Rigal to a year in prison for homeschooling his children. Ramón’s wife, Adya, was ordered to spend a year under house arrest.

According to Ramón, authorities used the three-hour trial more as a platform for denouncing alternatives to state education than as a venue for delivering justice.

“They would not let me speak in my defense,” Ramón told me after the Tuesday trial. “I brought evidence that my children were learning—notebooks and materials—[but] they didn’t care.”

No justice in this court

The Rigals decided to homeschool their children earlier this year in order to remove them from an environment where they were being bullied and indoctrinated in the state school system.

In February, the couple were arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors for failing to send their children to state schools.

Ramón said he had intended to present a defense at the trial based on Cuba’s constitution and various international human rights treaties the nation has ratified. But his efforts were curtailed as authorities focused on defending the state system.

“When I tried to tell the judge about my evidence or to say that the government was acting unfairly, the judge told me that if I continued to speak she would have me removed from the courtroom,” Ramón said.

The judge also refused to hear testimony from a dozen witnesses Ramón had assembled to speak on his behalf. “Whenever I tried to bring up one of my witnesses,” Ramón said, “the judge would tell them to ‘get out of here.’”

The court relied instead on what appeared to be scripted presentations from state employees drafted as witnesses: a school director, school psychologist, teachers and a juvenile probation officer. The prosecutor asked them all the same basic questions and received the same answers: that only trained teachers are qualified to inculcate socialist values.

In closing remarks, the government prosecutor summarized the case this way: Homeschooling “is not allowed in Cuba because it has a capitalist foundation.”

Ramón’s account of the trial was distressing, but not surprising. It was just about what one expects from the communist courts of Cuba—anything but justice. Their jurisprudence reflects a disregard for accepted principles of due process and the rule of law, as well as Cuba’s international human rights obligations.

The outcome could have been worse; the Rigals faced up to eight years in prison and risked the state taking custody of their children. They were also given three days to appeal. However, finding attorneys willing to help them challenge a legal system overseen by the ruling Communist Party presents a major difficulty.

Communist governments do not appreciate lawyers who are willing to defend people whose human rights have been violated. Officials in communist China recently arrested hundreds of lawyers who were then accused of disloyalty for denouncing abuses by the government.

A courageous example

“This is a great injustice,” said Ramón. “They are trying to force us to send our children only to state schools—not having the option for the children to be taught at home. They should respect the right that parents have based on the human right to teach their children and to respect their faith and the right to homeschool.”

His wife added that she fears not only for the future of their family but for the congregation Ramón pastors.

“I am worried for my children and my husband,” Adya said. “We are only trying to do what is best for our children. I do not want to be separated from my husband. Our children need him. Our church needs our pastor. My children are very sad and worried.”

Although Ramón would prefer to remain in Cuba, he hopes that the United States may offer refuge to his family since the Cuban authorities are determined to jail him rather than allow him to homeschool his children.

Home School Legal Defense Association will continue to support the Rigals, and we encourage the global homeschooling community to affirm the parents’ right to teach their children at home.

The Rigal family are a courageous example to all of us who enjoy the freedom to homeschool our children. They are standing up to a totalitarian government that—no surprise—represses home education despite having signed international agreements urging respect for freedom of conscience and parental rights. Democratic countries like Germany and Sweden that similarly repress home education should question their policies, which are as draconian as communist Cuba.

Freedom is a precious gift that must be protected and passed on to future generations. It is a privilege to serve families like the Rigals and others whose courage and example inspire all of us to reflect on the blessings of liberty that we enjoy.

You can send a message to the Cuban government by signing this petition calling on them to respect the Rigal family’s right to homeschool their children.

HELP THE RIGAL FAMILY

Ramón and Adya Rigal have been sentenced, but are appealing their conviction. We are asking our members and friends to join us by signing a petition to the Cuban government to respect the rights of parents to homeschool their children and to cease its prosecution of the Rigal family.

SIGN THE PETITION »

Read more here: https://www.hslda.org/hs/international/Cuba/201704260.asp

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online:https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events:https://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading