Foundations Of Freedom

Social Policy, Research, Legislation

Legislation, Regulations, and Laws

Citizenship or Lawyership,
Larry and Susan Kaseman (HEM - S/O 93)

"[Senators] were very concerned that some homeschoolers could not be trusted to be honest--"the mere word of the parent."
Sports/Problem and One Possible Solution,
Peggy Daly-Masternak (HEM - J/A 97)
"Choosing Political Strategies for Homeschoolers
If It Walks Like a Duck/MI Legislation,
by Susan Evans (HEM - M/J 96)
In the end, a group of conniving individuals will be able to build bigger and fancier houses and be invited to serve on election committees as they move on to the next state to convince your legislators to clarify and expand the laws surrounding homeschooling.
HR 6 and the Federalization of Homeschooling,
Larry and Susan Kaseman (HEM - M/J 96)
Two separate forces are working simultaneously that would federalize homeschooling.
Gun Free School Zone Act and a Federal Lawsuit An interesting case of a misguided lawsuit threatening our homeschool freedoms. (Look for a suit to pop up in a court near you!)

Social Policy
Nighttime Curfews,
by Mary McCarthy (HEM - J/F 98)
Did I read that right? My child would need to notify the police department if he was going to be out of his own home after 10 p.m.? Otherwise he will be locked away?
Hanging On To What Makes Homeschooling Distinctive,
Kasemans (HEM - N/D 97)
The first and most important step in maintaining the independence of homeschooling is for those of us who are homeschooling to see homeschooling as distinctive and to appreciate and celebrate that.
Communicating the Strengths of Homeschooling,
Kasemans (M/A 97)
The homeschooling movement will be stronger if we take seriously the challenge, responsibility, and opportunity we have to tell others about homeschooling.
Truancy, Curfews and Our Response,
by Janie Levine (HEM - J/F 97)
As the mother of a homeschooled teenager, I oppose any ordinance or regulation that would keep my son or any other young person from accepting a daytime job, visiting the public library or simply going to the store to buy milk.
School-to-Work: Problems and Alternatives,
Kasemans (HEM - J/F 97)
School-to-Work programs are currently being implemented in many states, supported by federal legislation and federal tax dollars. Unfortunately, these programs will have serious negative effects on education in general, on the public schools, and on private schools, including homeschools.
Government Homeschool Programs,
by Chris Cardiff (HEM - N/D 96)
Homeschooling families need to take a principled stand against participation in government ISPs in order to safeguard our long-term freedom and independence as an educational alternative.
Foundations of Rights and Responsibilities,
Kasemans (HEM - M/J 96)
Understanding the foundations of homeschooling rights and responsibilities prepares us to use these basic principles to reclaim and maintain our rights and responsibilities.
Parental Rights and Responsibilities,
Kasemans (HEM - J/F 96)
The rights and responsibilities of parents to raise their children need to be respected and protected so that families can continue their role as the foundation of our society.
The Good, Bad, and Deadly of OBE,
by Ann Lahrson (HEM - M/J 95)
Instaled in a whirlwind-like, thought-free blitz, passed easily by our perennially in-fighting but apparently asleep legislature just four years ago, OBE slipped into Oregom without a hitch, with little dissent or discussion.
Homeschooling and Privacy Issues,
Kasemans (HEM - M/A 95)
This column will consider some privacy issues from a homeschooling perspective and suggest actions that homeschoolers may decide to take.
Goals 2000, Vouchers, and Charter Schools,
Kasemans (HEM - J/F 95)
The recently enacted Goals 2000: Educate America Act is pressuring states to change their requirements for state-mandated tests and assessments.

Homeschooling Research

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Hanging On To What Makes Homeschooling Distinctive,
Kasemans (HEM - N/D 97)
The first and most important step in maintaining the independence of homeschooling is for those of us who are homeschooling to see homeschooling as distinctive and to appreciate and celebrate that.

Homeschooling Freedoms At Risk
Editors Note Electronic Edition
Homeschooling Freedoms At Risk: This is not light reading! This collection is highly critical of the actions of individuals, groups and organizations within the homeschool community. While electronic release offers us certain opportunities, it also carries with it a certain responsibility for you as a reader. The original collection was put together to be read as a whole, and in fairness to all involved this electronic version should be no different. Because of its length, Homeschooling Freedoms At Risk has been uploaded in four parts labelled Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Please read this file in its entirety. Please also keep in mind that HSFAR was written five years ago, and this electronic version was released in March, 1996