Good Citizenship and Freedom

Last week I talked to a group of home schoolers about teaching the required “good citizenship” course. Many home schoolers teach “civics” or government to their children and at the same time work to protect our freedom to homeschool. One home school dad shared his opinion that it was not really possible to impact government unless you had lots of money to spend.

Thankfully we have lots of evidence that his opinion is not true. In the 1980s virtually every statewide office holder in Texas opposed allowing parents to teach their children at home. Texas home schoolers held rallies in Austin, lobbied legislators, and worked in campaigns for those who supported parental rights and home schooling. Today the political landscape has changed dramatically in Texas as virtually every statewide officeholder supports the fundamental right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children. I can assure you that did not happen because we spent millions of dollars. It happened because thousands of home school parents and children worked to lobby and educate office holders about home schooling.

This spring we have seen dramatic changes happening in the Republican Party nationally because many folks have been participating in the political process for the first time. Today we are working to restore parental rights in Texas, and we can accomplish that if we continue to work together as we did in the 1980s, to change the law. I encourage you to go to THSC PAC and find candidates in your area that support parental rights and work for them as your contribution to restoring parental rights in Texas.

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