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E-News February Issue 2, Volume 3



HOW Convention
Please join us for the Homeschoolers of Wyoming Convention on May 13 & 14, 2011. Visit this page to find out more: http://www.homeschoolersofwy.org/convention.asp. We are still updating this page so be sure to check back often.


Parental Rights Amendment Update
Thomas Paine, "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."

Ninety percent of Americans agree that parents should be the ones to make important decisions regarding their children's care such as educational and medical. Courts and agencies are attempting to usurp your authority.

"The Child" documentary, which clearly portrays the need for this amendment, is available for viewing in various cities in Wyoming. Contact parentalrights.org for information.

Ten thousand Wyoming signatures are desirable to help convince Congress to pass this amendment. We currently have 611 statewide. This is a good start, but if you have not taken this important step, please do so now. It takes only a couple minutes to sign the petition.
Below is a chart that shows we still need 9,389 signatures to reach our goal of 10,000.




TeenPact Wyoming 2011
At the capitol building in Cheyenne
February 14-18, 2011
Visit www.teenpact.com/wyoming for more information.

Videos You Ought To See
Check out these great videos:
 
14 Days of Homeschool
You might be a homeschooler if. . . 
*Please note that HOW does not endorse or approve of all of the content on youtube or any other secondary website that is linked in our Enews. We try to refer you to items of interest to homeschooling families but cannot control content of other websites.

Win a FREE HSLDA Membership
We want to encourage you to join HOW. Thomas Jefferson once said, "The Price of Freedom is eternal vigilance." We appreciate the homeschooling freedoms we enjoy in Wyoming today and we thank the pioneers who blazed the trail before us. That being said, we know that Thomas Jefferson's words ring true. HOW exists to promote homeschooling within our State and to work together with like-minded families to preserve our freedoms. Will you join with us in this eternal vigilance? By being members of HOW not only do you get all the great benefits listed below but you also become a formal part of the HOW team as we work together in this state. Just as joining Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) gives you the legal protection for homeschooling, joining HOW gives you a network of families who will work together to preserve your freedoms and will be there for you when our freedoms are threatened. Twenty dollars a year is a small amount to give for the benefits you receive. As a team we will accomplish far more together than we will as individual families.
Join HOW before February 28th and be entered to win a free membership to HSLDA. Buy a HOW membership for a friend and be entered twice! Learn more here.

   



Love Your Family 
By Todd Smith, HOW President
   February often focuses in on love. I suppose that is because we have that Valentine’s holiday right in the middle of the month. The big problem is that the world today doesn’t understand true Biblical love. Instead they drift toward the romantic movie version of love.
Scripture show us what it really means to love. John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Or John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Or 1 John 4:12, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
   Homeschooling gives us a great way to live out those commands to “love one another”. We get the opportunity to share and grow and learn and love that many in our world today do not see. One of your family’s greatest evangelistic tools is showing the world how we love each other. Take some time in the midst of February to love your family. Enjoy the process along the way. You may be behind or ahead of your goals for the year but you will never get today back. Give your children a hug and tell them you love them; then you can make sure they get math or English done. Read a good book together, take time to love. 
   I recently took on a new job on City Council in Riverton and went to a State Conference in Cheyenne. One of the speakers said he knew when it was time for him to get out when his son asked him as he was leaving one night if he was ever going to be home for dinner again. It reminded me again of how blessed I am with my family. Right now much of Council business keeps me busy most Tuesday nights but I don’t miss a lot of dinners at home so I feel very blessed. Life has the potential to rule and direct our families if we don’t direct our lives. Take some time and look at where you perhaps need to cut back and make sure family is still number one. Just because we homeschool, it doesn’t mean that we don’t let the busyness of the world consume us at times. And when we take time to re-evaluate what is really important it helps us in that command of Jesus to love.


Reflections of a TeenPact Student
By Lily James
   The first time I attended the Teen Pact Wyoming state class, I did not know what to expect. I was in for the ride of my life. I had never really learned about politics or government, much less how I could get involved. Doing the pre-class homework gave me a small taste of the week ahead of me. Not only did I learn the basic structure and function of the government, but I learned that I need to be involved.
   The Teen Pact state class is designed for teenagers ages thirteen to nineteen. It is a four-day intensive study of the state governmental system. The time spent at the state capitol during the legislative session allows students to learn firsthand from those involved in the state government. Part of the pre-class homework requires us to write our own bills, and during the class, we debate these bills in our own mock legislature. We also get to spend time watching the real legislature in action and talk to the lobbyists walking the halls of the capitol. There are also mock elections where students will run for offices like Representative or Governor of the Wyoming Teen Pact state class. The optional speech class on Friday has become one of my favorite days of the state class because of the fun and interactive method of teaching.  All of the teaching is designed for hands-on learning, and this was definitely a fun way to learn about my state.
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A Wall of Separation?
Church, State, and the Founding Fathers
By Stephen McDowell, 2011 HOW Convention Speaker


In the Fall of 2007, Stephen McDowell participated in a panel discussion at Virginia Military Academy on the wall of separation of church and state.  The following served as the basis for his opening remarks.


   Many Americans use Jefferson’s phrase, “a wall of separation between Church and State,” to describe what they believe the Constitution prescribes for the relationship of religion and civil government. Recent authors1 have aptly pointed out how many today misapply or do not understand the “wall” metaphor — how it has been cut off from its historical meaning and made to communicate ideas contrary to Jefferson and the founders of America. The phrase “separation of church and state” has been repeated so often in an improper context that many incorrectly believe that our Constitution mandates a strict separation, meaning a restriction of religious influence upon civil government and the public square. Many present the framers of the Constitution and the Founders of America as irreligious men who were strict separationists, thus, giving us “a separation of church and state.”
   The Founders certainly believed in a jurisdictional separation of church and state, where these two legitimate institutions had specific responsibilities and authority in their jurisdictions, and neither should encroach upon the other. But to the Founders both of these were under the same Higher Authority who prescribed His will for man and the human institutions of family, church, and state through the laws of nature and nature’s God. more...

 

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