THSC sets a high bar for the homeschool graduates accepted into the THSC Watchmen program and looks for the best and brightest homeschoolers in Texas to be your advocates and to represent the homeschooling community. Meet Matthew Lawson, one of the newest members of the THSC Watchmen!
We are proud to have him join the THSC Watchmen program and are eager to see his contribution during the 2019 Texas legislative session.
Who is Matthew Lawson?
I’ve been watching the work that the THSC Watchmen have been doing for several years with great interest. Upon hearing that applications for the program were being accepted, I knew I wanted to apply for the THSC Watchmen team.
Personal liberty is very important to me. I believe that every family should have the right to raise their children how they see fit, especially when it comes to their education.
I knew that this internship would be a great opportunity for me to grow and work with like-minded individuals, protecting those personal liberties that my family and I have been afforded.
What Made You Interested in Becoming One of the THSC Watchmen?
Attending the THSC Capitol Days was a great experience that piqued my interest in the THSC Watchmen and all that they do. It was eye-opening for me to realize that graduates only a few years older than I was were able to have a tangible effect on our government and help in Keeping Texas Families Free.
How Has Homeschooling Affected You and Your Family Members?
My mother began homeschooling me in the fourth grade due to her increasing frustration with the lackadaisical attitude of the public schools toward educating my older brother. I had never struggled in school. However, a significant portion of my time was wasted watching movies in class and waiting on the teacher to work with struggling students.
I had to bring all of my work home for most of my second-grade year due to the time being wasted in class. It became abundantly clear that public school was not working, so in the fall of 2010 we began homeschooling.
At first my mother attempted to emulate a more traditional schooling experience by having us sit at desks to do our work. We quickly learned however that this was not the best use of the opportunities we had been given. We began to take field trips, read together and even joined a local co-op.
I believe that one of the things that most sparked my love of learning was the educational field trips that my family believed were important to my education. We went to places like the Civil War Museum, the Texas Ranger Museum, and my personal favorite, the Alamo.
Homeschooling gave me a passion for learning and discovering new things about the world around me. I don’t believe that learning is simply memorizing facts and equations for twelve years. Rather, it is acquiring the ability to use those facts practically in real-world situations. Homeschooling has given me the ability and desire to constantly learn new things and become better equipped for the world around me.
Help the THSC Watchmen Carry the Torch of Freedom!
Matthew is committed to defending the freedoms that he enjoyed as a homeschooler and he is moving to Austin to advocate for your family. You can help him today by covering his cost of living for a month or even by buying him lunch! Please consider making a donation today to support the efforts of the THSC Watchmen. By doing this, you are helping us fight for Keeping Texas Families Free.