E-News February Issue 2, Volume 4
President HOW, Todd Smith
If you are like me you know that in order to keep life, family, job, homeschooling, etc. going it pays to look ahead. Building godly families doesn't happen by accident it takes a lot of hard work by dedicated parents over years and years of time. The same is true of putting together conventions. Our board and many volunteers are already hard at work preparing for that time when we can all come together to be encouraged and challenged as home educators in the State of Wyoming. We are excited to be moving to Casper this year! God has blessed us with a great facility at College Heights Baptist Church and we are looking forward to seeing our many friends in May and meeting many new ones.
We are also excited that Kevin Swanson will be joining us and providing us with challenging messages that we can take home and implement in our homes. So let's do a little planning ahead right now by getting out the calendar and marking May 11 & 12 for the HOW Convention and then go to www.homeschoolersofwy.org and register. See you soon.
The Very Best Education for a High School Student
by Kevin Swanson
Keynote Speaker HOW 2012 Convention
Of the tens of thousands of hours spent in school classrooms, how much of it should we chalk up to a huge waste of time? To the extent that educational efforts fail to focus on faith and character, ignore the individuality of the child, and are hopelessly disconnected from relationships and real life application, we're just wasting time. That is not to say that all educational efforts are a waste of time. But the way that education is conducted in conventional schooling today is painfully inefficient.
Adults may think back on their own K-12 education and find little useful material retained or even applied in life. For example, what high school graduate still remembers the name of the preacher in The Scarlet Letter and the part he played in the story? Or what about the theme and purpose of the book? Of those of us who sat for umpteen hours in high school literature classes which of us can really still engage with the transcendentalist thought of Thoreau or remember a single thing that he wrote? Of the 2800 hours spent in a high school classroom, exactly how much does one retain or even apply in any of his dominion work and Christian life? What about the atomic weight of carbon, the gravitational force equation, the major battles in the American War for Independence, the derivative of a cosine, or the name of the first governor of the Massachusetts's Bay Colony?
Any education that fails to teach children how to fear God in science and history and neglects to adequately relate the parts to a whole system of thought, or fails to integrate that knowledge into life cannot be considered a good preparation for our children. In the end, it can only prepare our students to be very small cogs in a very large wheel. After 8400 hours of K-12 work, our children know very little about very little, and we find their potential was hardly mined for what it was worth. Education today has become a highly-inefficient ordeal that purports to give a child a broad-based knowledge, but it is an education that is a mile wide and an inch deep. more...
Parental Rights Update
by Jan Loftus
The primary reason the Revolutionary War was fought was so that only elected legislators would make our laws. There were an estimated, 10,000-25,000 American lives lost in that war. We all know of the bloody footprints in the snow at Valley Forge. The Founders spent months and months in Philadelphia, apart from their families, to plan for our governance. The Declaration of Independence ends with, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
Why would we give up to the United Nations what was so hard fought to gain? If the United States ratifies the Convention on the Rights of the Child, our family law will not be held at the state level any longer, but will be transferred to federal law and ultimately, we will subjugate ourselves to a foreign committee. On this 18 member committee sit North Korea, Uganda, and Egypt. Help stop this madness today by emailing your state Representative and Senator. Ask them to vote for the Wyoming Parental Rights Resolution.
YOUR EMAIL MUST ARRIVE BY THE START OF THE SESSION, FEBRUARY 13TH. Also, find a friend or relative to write. Several people have let me know that they wrote. And others have worked hard to talk with people in their area about writing. Thank You!
You may read the resolution on Wyoming Legislature site. The nine co-sponsors are listed there. If your Senator or Representative already is co-sponsoring, your email could just be a thank-you for working for your family by sponsoring HJ0003.
Here is a sample, skeleton email:
(Call your County Clerk for names and email addresses or go to Wyoming Legislature website and click on "Locate your Senator or Representative")
Dear Representative/Senator ____________:
Thank you for your work on my behalf. This year a Resolution will be brought for a vote to protect Families. Please vote for HJ0003, Parents' Rights Resolution.
I support the Wyoming Parental Rights Resolution asking U.S. Congress to send Wyoming the Parental Rights Amendment for ratification because (PLEASE PUT A COUPLE OF YOUR OWN REASONS HERE. The easiest way is to watch the online movie, "Overruled" or go to parentalrights.org)
Again, please vote for HJ0003, the Parents' Rights Resolution.
TeenPact Wyoming 2012
At the capitol building in Cheyenne
February 13-17, 2012
Visit http://teenpact.com/state-classes/wyoming/ for more information.
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.
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