In preparation for the 2019 Texas legislative session, we assembled the next generation of THSC Watchmen to join our public policy team. They will be volunteering their time and living in Austin from January to June of 2019. Mason Prewitt is among the new THSC Watchmen.
Who is Mason Prewitt?
I’m 18 years of age, I recently finished up my senior year of high school, and I was homeschooled for the entirety of my education. I am very involved in my local church, Community Life Church, located in Sunnyvale, Texas, where I teach kindergarten through first grade every Sunday morning. On Wednesday nights, I attend the youth services and help lead a seventh grade boys small group. I also attend a Thursday night college ministry.
Apart from my church, for the past 13 years, I have also attended Bible study fellowship on Monday nights.
What Made You Interested in Becoming One of the THSC Watchmen?
The THSC Watchmen is a program I had heard about but never actually researched or looked into until I attended the THSC Gala in 2017. While there, I got to speak with THSC Director of Public Policy Jeremy Newman about what exactly the THSC Watchmen do.
Through learning about the efforts of THSC in proactively protecting the rights of families and homeschoolers I realized that this would be a great opportunity to not only get my proverbial feet wet in the world of public policy, but also affect meaningful change both in my local community and in the state of Texas!
How Has Homeschooling Affected You and Your Family Members?
Raising a family is not easy. Where, when and how to have and raise children are questions facing every married couple. However, my parents decided not to answer for themselves. Rather they chose to trust that God would lead them to the right place, make the right time, and show them how to raise a family. Homeschooling ultimately became the clear option for educating their children.
All 10 children have undergone (and some are still undergoing) the academic rigors of Prewitt Academy. The first area in which I would say homeschooling has affected my family would be the way we interact with each other. We had an infinite amount of time to learn how we should and should not treat other people based on how we treated our siblings. Being able to practice the right way of interacting was not always fun, but proper interaction quickly became as important a lesson in our education as basic math principles.
The second area in which homeschooling has deeply affected my family would be in personal discipline—an area I personally detest. But in all honesty learning how to manage your time, your own schedule, and making sure that you complete your work has got to be one of the most practical benefits of homeschooling.
The third and final area in which homeschooling has been a large player in my family is the focus of spiritual growth. My parents have always made it a point to lead us closer to Christ. Homeschooling allowed us to have such a flexible schedule to pursue extracurricular church activities and afford us opportunities that we would never have been possible if we had been in public or private school.
Everything from Bible studies, mission trips and Vacation Bible School were always an intrinsic part of our life at home. Homeschooling allowed my parents to intertwine a biblical worldview into their children’s education and professional development. Homeschooling has been an incredible avenue to pursue God and provides a good education, an ideal which seems to be discarded by many occupants of the world. Homeschooling has been an amazing part of my growing up.
The THSC Watchmen: Preserving Your Freedom
Homeschooling clearly had a significant impact on Mason. He is now committed to preserving the freedom that his family has enjoyed for future families. Mason will be your advocate in Austin, and you can support him today!
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