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Volume 27, No. 4
November 2013
Breaking Records
Greetings from the Texas Home School Coalition Association! In the
past quarter THSC has had a vital impact on behalf of home schoolers
in the state of Texas by hosting
events, writing ministry letters,
and supporting home education
in the state of Texas.
This year Texas Home School
Coalition proudly welcomed more
than 6,400 home schoolers to its Southwest Convention and Family
Conference—making it one of the most successful home schooling events
to date with that record-breaking attendance. As always, the convention
was a marvelous time of inspiration, encouragement, and equipping of
home school parents, children, and teens for the coming year.
During the convention, attendees
enjoyed a full program, complete
with notable speakers, fun after-
hours events, informative work-
shops, and an Exhibit Hall packed
full of resources. Everywhere
there were children smiling, parents talking, and old friends meeting once
again. The convention was a blessing to many.
This year as THSC attendees enjoyed fellowship and shared
knowledge at the Convention, exercising their right to freely assemble
and express various views on a variety of educational subjects, home
schoolers were once again reminded that there are those who oppose
the freedom of parents to direct the care and education of their children.
When it was announced that Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis would
be a keynote speaker at the Convention and that he would lead several
workshops on creationism, an opposing group tried to rally a protest. On
the third day of the Convention, a small group of protestors congregated
outside the convention area using signs, flyers, and slogans to express
their displeasure with parents private schooling at home. In particular,
this group objected to a parent’s right to use curriculum related to certain
teachings on scientific topics, such as evolution, creationism, and
intelligent design.
When an online group of atheists began hosting webinars and writing
blogs declaring their intent to protest at the Convention, it was a
reminder that there will always be people who oppose home schooling
freedoms and there will always be those who actively work against it.
In fact, people from this opposing group argued that home school
parents should not be allowed to “teach lies” to their children. In
response President Tim Lambert released this statement to the press:
“While we find it unfortunate that a group of self-professed atheists have
decided to protest the THSC Conference, it is not unusual for statists
to argue that parents should not be free to teach what they choose to
their children. . . . We believe that parents in the United States have a
fundamental, constitutional right to direct the care, control, and upbring-
ing of their children, and that includes being able to teach them what the
parents believe is appropriate. THSC has been battling for more than
twenty-five years to allow every parent to make these decisions for their
children, and we will continue to do so even in the face of those who
argue that parental rights should be restricted.”
Opposing Forces
Everywhere you looked, there were
children smiling, parents talking,
and old friends meeting once again.
“We believe that parents in the United States have a fundamental,
constitutional right to direct the care, control, and upbringing of
their children, and that includes being able to teach them what the
parents believe is appropriate.” -
Tim Lambert, THSC President
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