E-News March Issue 3, Volume 4
Looking Forward to Casper
President HOW, Todd Smith
As I write this my family and I are getting ready to take a trip. Two weeks of vacation to see relatives in Minnesota and then on to Chicago for the Family Economics Conference sponsored by Generations with Vision. (www.familyeconomics2012.com) As my wife and I discussed going to Minnesota to see relatives this Spring I noticed that Kevin Swanson was putting on a conference in Chicago. Since the time and price was right we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to hear our convention keynote speaker a little early.
If you have not had the opportunity to hear Kevin speak yet I recommend his daily radio show. You can catch it by going to Kevin’s website: www.generationswithvision.com or go to www.sermonaudio.com and search for Generations Radio. I try to listen in as much as I am able.
The great thing about this conference being in Chicago is that it is going to set up probably the greatest two days of field trips our family have taken in a long time. We are planning on spending two days prior to the conference going to the Field Museum and see a new mummy exhibit then to Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and the Lincoln Park Zoo. We’ll see what the weather and the Good Lord allows.
I am sure that hearing Kevin, as well as many other homeschool leaders, speak I will be even more excited to hear the messages that Kevin has for homeschooling families in Wyoming. And I know the weather is still a little cold but try and find an opportunity close to home and stage a homeschool field trip for your family. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate but just an opportunity to learn something new. Enjoy your children, for the days go by quickly and soon our days of teaching and discipling them will be gone. Take this from one whose oldest is probably going on his last mom and dad paid for trip as he will turn 19 next month. Give your children a hug and tell them how much you love them and how much your appreciate God allowing you to be their parents.
The War Against Boys
by Kevin Swanson
Keynote Speaker, HOW 2012 Convention
You may have seen a recent news headline: “New Scientific Research Indicates Boys are Different from Girls.” That assertion should be laughably obvious to us, but what is laughably obvious happens also to be a serious flaw in the predominant worldview operational today.
We give girls and boys the same education, the same toys, the same teachers, the same expectations, and the same goals in life, and then we wonder why they are frustrated, angry, aberrent, and purposeless at 25, 30, or 40 years of age.
Dr. Christine Hoff Somers is the author of a new book called, “The War Against Boys.” While interviewing her on my weekly radio program, Generations, she told the listening audience that the modern school is dangerous for boys. It is producing boys that are feminized, awkward, rebellious, or otherwise ill-prepared for life. Only 43% of students attending college today are boys, and that number continues to drop. Schools are increasingly designed for girls. Meanwhile, boys are disenfranchised and disinterested. Removing a boy’s unique purpose and preparation in life, setting him in a girl’s world, and then putting him in competition with girls will only produce devastating consequences for our social and economic systems. Actually, it’s already happening. The number of children born without fathers, where the father is nowhere to be found, has risen from 5% to 35% just in the last 30 years.
This problem is not limited to conventional schools. It’s happening in homeschools too. We woke up to this reality when my wife and I hit a crisis point with our son. We had read somewhere that boys in the homeschool easily give way to docility, laziness, and sometimes rebellion, and it was plain that these issues were already hitting close to home. While it is important to hold a young man responsible for his own sin, we wanted to hold ourselves accountable for the proper raising of our son. As I listened to dozens of other stories, I came to discover that this problem is rampant throughout the homeschooling movement. The reality crashed in on us like a ton of bricks. We had inadvertently bought into an egalitarian viewpoint on education, and it was hurting our son. What my son needed was a man in his life. And God was pointing at me.
First, we should resolve the matter that differences in natural abilities and designed purposes do not contribute to an essential difference in value. A man can not birth a baby, and therefore has a different function. It would be futile to complain about it. He should just accept the fact. But the fact that a man cannot birth a baby and a woman can, does not mean that a woman is essentially better than a man. The same can be said for any other distinctive purposes God has instituted for men and women. more...
by Jan Loftus
Parents' Rights Resolution, HJ 3, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a vote of 4 to 1. Representative Botten did a thorough job explaining, and several homeschoolers spoke for it including an outstanding 15 year old and also WyWatch spoke in favor. It now moves to the Senate floor Monday for the "Committee of the Whole". If your Senator voted yes in committee (Senators Burns, Christensen, Hicks, and Perkins), please email a short note of thanks TODAY.
Recently I received an inquiry regarding the purpose of a resolution. It is a statement to U.S. Congress urging them to pass the Parental Rights Amendment and send it back to the States for ratification. Five States have passed these over the past two years and every other state, save Connecticut, has one in the works either already introduced or people trying to get sponsors, etc.
It takes 38 States to ratify an amendment, so a resolution will tell Congress that the people want this done.
If you have contacted your senator, but not heard back, would you be willing to email today and ask if he or she will support the Parents' Rights Resolution, HJ 3?
Stay up-to-date with legislative news by checking the HOW facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Homeschoolers-of-Wyoming/371449537941
Conscience Rights Resolution, HJ 7, also passed Senate Committee, the Labor Committee, on Friday. This encourages Congress to back down on forcing employers to violate their beliefs regarding contraception or abortions. If you have not yet contacted your Senator, please ask him or her to vote yes for HJ 7.
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