Today I’d like to call your attention to a video series being produced by the Home School Legal Defense Association. This is actually the second season of this series and the video that caught my eye today is the latest video in the series.
In this video Zan and Joe Tyler talk about what is was like for them when they started homeschooling their children back in 1984. Back then the Tylers found it necessary to hire an attorney in order to find out what the homeschool laws were in their home state of South Carolina, because, at that time, neither the state board of education nor the local school district would give them that information.
Despite threats from the state superintendent of education to jail Zan on truancy charges if they did not stop homeschooling, the Tylers persisted. “The battle over parental rights is important because these children are God’s children first,” Zan says. “And He’s given us their lives to steward. They are not the state’s children.”
The Tylers spent much of the next eight years in the state legislature and in court until South Carolina’s homeschooling issues were resolved. Zan and Joe both became founding board members of South Carolina Association of Christian Homeschools.
“Every year as bills come up [in state legislatures], we hear more and more talk about the potential to regulate homeschooling again,” Joe Tyler says. “So unless homeschoolers stay involved in the political process, our freedoms could erode very quickly.”
I feel there’s an important message in each of these videos and I encourage you to share them with your friends and to comment about them in our new Facebook comments box found below this video.
For your convenience I’ve also included the previous two videos in this series, both of watch are well worth your time to watch.
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