THSC Pumpkins - Ready for Fall

Celebrating 25 Years of Serving Texas Home Schoolers!

Nov. 1, 2011 


Registration closes Thursday, November 3!

Join leaders from across the state to share ideas and cover support group topics such as electronic tools, state of the state, and planning events. The 2011 Leadership Training Conference has everything you need to reconnect, recharge, and find practical ways to strengthen and grow. (Leadership SignOn top of all of that, you'll have a chance to win a free laptop!) Register today!


The More the Merrier!

THSC offers a rebate based on the number of leaders who attend from your group. Make sure your fellow leaders don't miss out!


Teen Program by T Bar M Camps!

For leaders with teens, this year is a great opportunity for teens to enjoy extra-special activities led by T Bar M Camps.



Don't forget to vote!

If you missed early voting, don't forget to cast your vote on Tuesday, November 8!


Read more about amendments on the ballot. Empower Texans also offers more information on the proposed amendments.


Find out more.  



When Texas Home School Coalition members count their blessings this Thanksgiving season, one blessing for which they can be thankful is the legal assistance and the many other benefits that are offered exclusively to THSC members. THSC is the statewide organization for home schoolers that works to protect and promote your right to homeschool! While you go about the business of educating your children, THSC Association works quietly in the background, protecting your right to do just that.


You can help support the work of THSC by making a donation or by becoming a member, actions which enable us to continue to protect your right to homeschool. THSC Association is continually adding not only more member discounts to its Member Benefit Package but also new avenues to make joining more manageable. Check out the ways it has gotten even easier to budget for your membership!   


Don't forget about our lifetime membership that allows you to mark that task off your to-do list forever!


Join today!


Don't forget
to set your
clocks back
this Saturday night!



AmericanThinker ~ Josiah Cantrall

 During the recent Fox News and Google presidential debate, Ron Paul opined to the crowd, "You ought to have a right to opt out of the public system if you want." Although he could have been drawing comparisons between Obamacare and European socialized medicine, the congressman was actually referencing America's socialized educational system. It was a brilliant point. Just as the "public option" is merely a different term for socialized medicine, public education is simply a euphemized phrase for socialized education. 


In the early 1800s, Horace Mann led a movement to replace America's community and parent-controlled school model with Prussian-style public schools. He believed that free education was a right and demeaned religious institutions that already made education available.

Mann's vision was originally met with strong resistance, as parents were reluctant to cede control of their children's education to government bureaucrats. Ultimately, a compulsory attendance mandate was passed -- not unlike the individual mandate found in Obamacare. Shortly afterward, private schools began to close.


Read more.


A Merry Heart Doeth Good


Reprinted with permission. Taken from Todd Wilson's Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons.

Do you
have a funny, home school-related anecdote you'd like to share? We'd love to publish it (limit of 750 characters)! Please include your name and where you live and mail it to THSC.



Recently a THSC member was coerced by CPS into signing forms that would allow her children to be academically tested. This family was threatened by CPS and told that their children could be taken away from them if they refused to do so, even though there was no evidence of abuse or neglect. In addition to signing these papers, this family was told that they were required to follow a list of rules and restrictions, such as being a certified teacher among others, in order to homeschool. The information this family was given is false.


After this member family contacted THSC regarding this issue, Tim Lambert wrote a letter to CPS officials, reminding them that they do not have authority over home school families regarding education and cannot legally require home school families to have their children academically tested


Read the letter. 


Now you can receive Tim Lambert's blog, Right in Texas, via RSS feed or email.

Read the success stories of Texas home schoolers.


THSC is pleased to share the accomplishments of Texas home school students. For more information on recommending a student for the Congratulations column, visit our website.

Quote of the Week

2 Corinthians 9:10-12
"Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God."


In This Issue

Last Chance to Register for LTC

Vote in Texas Amendment Election

THSC Membership Benefits

Repeal Obamacare - but Keep Socialized Education?

A Merry Heart Doeth Good

Tim Lambert's Letter to CPS

Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters



~ Lisa Pennington,
2011 LTC speaker


Growing up in the '70s, it was popular to think boys and girls should be raised the same way. I remember hearing people talk about how the only reason boys and girls are different is because we force it upon them.



God designed us to be different. Boys will take dolls apart and make weapons. Girls will make G.I. Joe marry Barbie.


We give God's best to our children when we honor His design for the differences between boys and girls. In my post about Mothers and Sons, I shared about giving a boy space to become a man. In the same way, I am teaching my girls to become women.


Read the article.


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