The THSC Watchmen are now knee-deep in the 86th Texas Legislature. Besides reading bills every day that have been filed, the THSC Public Policy Team spent the past week meeting with offices about THSC’s legislative priorities and going to some of the initial committee meetings that were held throughout the week.
One of the original purposes of the THSC Watchmen program was to help demonstrate to policymakers the type of high-quality students that come out of the homeschooling community.
Every year, THSC sponsors a speech and debate tournament hosted by the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA), the largest homeschool speech and debate league in the country. The students who graduate from NCFCA routinely demonstrate the type of humility, thoughtfulness and boldness that every parent should hope for in their students.More than 70 percent of new recruits for the THSC Watchmen program have been graduates of homeschool speech and debate programs, mostly from NCFCA. Click To Tweet
In 2013, THSC recruited the first team of THSC Watchmen. Five of the six team members were graduates of NCFCA. Since then, more than 70 percent of new recruits for the THSC Watchmen program have been graduates of homeschool speech and debate programs, mostly from NCFCA. According to their website, the mission of the NCFCA is:
. . .to promote excellence in communications through competitive opportunities where homeschool students develop the skills necessary to think critically and communicate effectively in order to address life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God.
While this is certainly not a requirement for becoming a THSC Watchmen, the skills taught to students through speech and debate are invaluable when it comes to communicating effectively, graciously and boldly to people who may strongly disagree on important issues to families.
Meagan Corser, who served as a THSC Watchman in 2017 and is on THSC’s team as a policy analyst in 2019, participated in a debate like that at a hearing in 2017 where THSC was opposing a bill that would undermine the rights of Texas families.
Sometimes truth is unappreciated, undervalued and overlooked. As Winston Churchill stated, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
In today’s post-truth culture, it is important for students to learn how to communicate truth graciously and boldly. Participating in speech and debate is one way for students to learn those skills.In today’s post-truth culture, it is important for students to learn how to communicate truth graciously and boldly. Participating in speech and debate is one way for students to learn those skills.Click To Tweet
Is your family involved in speech and debate? If you are not, consider joining an NCFCA club today! Do you believe in the mission of the THSC Watchmen? Show your support by donating to the THSC Watchmen program today! Together we are Keeping Texas Families Free!
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