E-News January Issue 1, Volume 4
Happy New Year!|
President HOW, Todd Smith
2012 is upon us whether we are ready for it or not. For many people that means resolutions. Some people like resolutions and some don’t. I for one like them because it is a statement of resolve. I am making a new commitment to do this thing. I am going to stand before God and make a positive change. That is not to say I am perfect and fulfill all of my resolutions. But setting goals for self and family sure help us to accomplish a lot more things than if we didn’t set any.
As we enter 2012 I encourage you to set some spiritual goals for your family. As homeschoolers we can speak of great academics and many positive attributes of home education but the greatest thing we need to keep in mind is that we get the opportunity day in and day out to live the principles of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be one your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Rather than ask you mid-school year how science and math and history are going, (and I hope they are going well), how is the spiritual life of your family? January is a great time to set new spiritual goals.
Read through the Bible together as a family this year. Spend 20-30 minutes a day together in the Word of God. Memorize Scripture together. We are going to work on memorizing the book of James in 2012. It works out to about two verses a week. We may not get it all done but we’ll be a lot further down the road in December in Scripture memory than if we didn’t plan anything. And pray together as a family. Seek God’s face for this new year and commit it and your schooling to Him. Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God, that is my resolution for 2012 and I hope you make it yours. Happy homeschooling in 2012!
Parental Rights Update
by Jan Loftus
Wyoming now has 871 petition signatures. Our goal remains 10,000.
Please go to parentalrights.org to sign if you have not yet done so.
Pray for our leaders, especially now as we near Wyoming’s legislative session beginning February 13th. In this session our legislators will have the opportunity to pass a Wyoming Parental Rights Resolution. These State resolutions urge Congress to pass the Parental Rights Amendment and send it to the states for ratification. Most of our legislators have not heard of the threats to parental rights. Please write to your senator and representative during January. (Your County Clerk's office can tell you who they are if you are unsure). Ask them to vote for the parental rights resolution. If you have not yet watched the 35-minute movie, "Overruled", this film will give you all the points you need to write your letter.
The Teen Phenomena
By Kevin Swanson, Keynote speaker, HOW 2012 convention
It was born on October 12, 1944.
For over 100 years, the phenomenon had evolved in gestational form. But the thing was born on October 12, 1944, when 30,000 frenzied, teenie-bopping girls descended upon Times Square to meet their new idol – Frank Sinatra! Writer Bruce Blevin described the scene as “a phenomenon of mass hysteria that is only seen two or three times in history.” It was The Teenager. In his book, Teenage, The Creation of Youth Culture, social commentator, Jon Savage chronicles this remarkable facet of modern culture, a paradigmatic anomaly very much unparalleled in prior human history.
In retrospect, it seems that this was a necessary element of life in the new industrialized, bureaucratized city of the modern. Men like J.M. Barrie and Oscar Wilde glorified the image of eternal youth, and the life of leisure always comes as the highest virtue to most if not all developing empires. Attending this new cultural milieu, came the obligatory dishonor of parents, generational severance, family disintegration, child labor laws, family fragmenting corporations, public schools, sexual assertion on the part of girls, pop culture icons, immodesty, dating, and teen fornication. The connections in this social network are inextricably linked. I doubt that Almanzo Wilder's sisters would have ever shown up at New York Times Square in 1875. Unless there had been 70 years of age-segregated, public school education between 1875 and 1944, Frank Sinatra would never have met 30,000 screaming women on October 12th.
If you minimize or remove the necessary components of a biblical social system in your society, and you construct educational and socio-economic institutions to accommodate big government socialism, you will produce dysfunctional families and “the teenager.” The consequent social system was no accident. It was carefully produced by social planners who designed education, economics, and government systems to undermine the family and replace it with the socialist statism of the 21st century. The teenager is one of the products of this socio-economic system. He fashions himself as independent of the family, but he is institutionally-defined, and socially-programmed to be a teenager. His rebellion is corporate-designed, mass-marketed pop culture. more...
A new workshop is in the plans for HOW Convention 2012. "Homeschooling ABCs", a workshop that will be a great help for beginning homeschoolers and those thinking of homeschooling. If you or someone you know could benefit from this, watch for details in future editions of enews. Visit the convention page at: http://www.homeschoolersofwy.org/convention.asp.
HOW is a ministry to Wyoming Homeschool Families. As a ministry we want to uplift one another in prayer when we are able. Please let us know of any prayer requests and we will include them on our prayer page. You may send your prayer requests via our contact form. We will keep them posted each month until you update us on a situation so please stay in contact.
Please spend a few minutes today uplifting these people in prayer:
Pray for the HOW Board Member families as they serve Wyoming Homeschoolers
HOW County Contacts as they work to serve you locally and coordinate information between you and the Board.