Recently, a couple of our team members expressed negative concerns about the political newsletter I publish each Saturday. THSC publishes regular newsletters that can be subscribed to on the THSC website so readers can stay informed with a simple email. During the week I post a number of links to news articles that I find interesting on my personal Twitter and Facebook accounts. Those are collected by a staff member and rolled into one newsletter that goes out on the weekends.
The complaints essentially stemmed from questioning why the political articles have anything to do with home schooling and, therefore, THSC? These kinds of complaints arise from time to time when a subscriber asks the same questions or makes the same observations. In fact, the usual complaint is “Why all the focus on politics? Let’s just focus on home schooling!”
Yes, that is the question, and it is a foundational one. Almost 30 years ago I came to the realization that my freedom to make the parenting decisions for my children was limited because those who were making public policy for the state of Texas believed that the government was better qualified than my wife and I.
At that time, the Texas Attorney General said he didn’t believe parents were qualified to raise their children, much less home school them. It became crystal clear to the home school community that if we wanted to home school, we had to be involved in the process by which public policy is made. That is, we had to become involved in the process by which Texas chooses its elected officials, or what we often refer to as “politics.”
January 6 a special election was held for the State House District 17 and THSC endorsed Brent Goleman, a long-time home school dad and business man whom I’ve known for many years. He will be in a runoff for that seat sometime in the near future. I was told that the counties where his support was strongest had very few polling places open, while the counties in which his opponent was strongest had all regular polling places open. (That sounds a little strange to me but that is not the point.)
A home school mom told Brent she drove 26 miles to a polling place to vote for him and only did that because he was endorsed by THSC. He is in a runoff now because of the commitment of home schoolers to elect those who support the fundamental constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children.
I know that many home schoolers believe they are too busy to pay attention to political issues. I would suggest to everyone that we can no longer afford to ignore the political issues of our day. Our parental rights depend on our participation. So what can you do?
- If you are on Twitter or Facebook connect to THSC in that way.
- If you want to follow me on Twitter and Facebook you may do that too.
- You can sign up on the THSC website for legislative updates. You can get our political newsletter once a week and scroll through stories to get your political news in one day.
- Join us at Capitol Days and involve your children in Keeping Texas Families Free.
Whatever approach you take, get connected. Don’t wake up one day and realize you lost a key freedom because you were too busy.