Category Archives: Family

California Ban on Homeschooling

My friend Lisa Huddleston recently sent me this email update of the court case in California concerning the ban on homeschooling in that state (point of clarification: the state would require all parents to have a teaching license in order to be “qualified” to teach their children in the home). Lisa has homeschooled each of her three children so she has an experienced perspective on this issue. You can read some of her own thoughts on homeschooling in the comments section of my previous post on this court case.

Court of Appeal Grants Petition for Re-hearing

On March 25, the California Court of Appeal granted a motion for
rehearing in the ‘In re Rachel L.’ case–the controversial decision
which purported to ban all homeschooling in that state unless the
parents held a teaching license qualifying them to teach in public

The automatic effect of granting this motion is that the prior opinion
is vacated and is no longer binding on any one, including the parties
in the case.

The Court of Appeal has solicited a number of public school
establishment organizations to submit amicus briefs including the
California Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department
of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and three
California teacher unions. The court also granted permission to
Sunland Christian School to file an amicus brief. The order also
indicates that it will consider amicus applications from other groups.

Home School Legal Defense Association will seek permission to file
such an amicus brief and will coordinate efforts with a number of
organizations interesting in filing briefs to support the right of
parents to homeschool their children in California.

“This is a great first step,” said Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA.
“We are very glad that this case will be reheard and that this opinion
has been vacated, but there is no guarantee as to what the ultimate
outcome will be. This case remains our top priority,” he added.


The Monday Muse: Educational Rights

It has been far too long since my last post. We traveled up to Michigan last Thursday night after work. Since it was in the midst of the busy time of the month at work, I had to work long hours so we could take off on Thursday. I’m still trying to get caught up on everything. So for the second straight week, I bring you The Monday Muse on Tuesday. How about this:

Should parents have the right to choose how they want to educate their children (homeschool, private, public)?

Before you answer, I would encourage you to check out some of the articles that Denny Burk has posted addressing the California appeals court controversy.

Healing for the Brokenhearted

During the fall of last year my wife found out that her friends Jean and Burch were expecting their second child. Several weeks later we were told that their baby boy had been diagnosed with Tetrasomy 9p. And today we read on Jean’s blog that her labor was induced on Saturday because the baby no longer had a heartbeat.

Initially I simply wanted to mention them here as a request for prayer. Pray that the Lord may comfort them in this difficult time. Pray that they may see the glory of the Lord as never before.

However, I also mention them here because their story is a beautiful picture of faith in Jesus Christ. Jean writes about their faith in Christ and God’s faithfulness to answer their prayers and heal their broken hearts. She has also posted a couple of pictures of their baby boy that tugged at my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I commend their story to you. May it touch you as it has undoubtedly touched many others.

Derek Fisher Puts Family First

Derek FisherProfessional athlete can sound something like an oxymoron.  In today’s world of sports, most “professional” athletes are anything but professional.  Many of them act like spoiled little children who throw a fit if they don’t get their way.  Some of them cry about being underappreciated because they were offered $60 million instead of $75 million to play a game that most of us would play for free or at least the league minimum.

I love sports.  I grew up playing basketball, football, baseball, tennis, and golf.  March Madness is my favorite time of year.  I know how much conditioning and hard work it takes to compete in athletics.  I am certainly not insensitive to that fact.  However, I am hard pressed to find a few examples of class act role models within sports today.  What is more frustrating is the fact that kids look up to these athletes.

However, there is hope.  Yesterday I read a story about Derek Fisher, point guard for the Utah Jazz this past season, and his decision to leave the team to be with his family while his daughter underwent cancer treatment.  Fisher shows us that good role models do exist in the world of professional sports.  He shows us all what it means to put your family before money and your career.  Read about Derek’s decision and pray for Derek’s little girl and his family as they deal with this situation.