Today my son Mike and I attended the Christian Home Educators of Colorado sponsored Homeschool Day at the Capital in Denver. Many of the legislators who were supposed to be there were gone because of a threatened snowstorm which never materialized. The weather did not deter over a thousand homeschoolers, however, who gathered on the steps of the Capital to hear encouragement from some of homeschooling’s pioneers and advocates.

 

Especially moving was the witness of Pete Olson, a former pastor, who was one of the pioneers for homeschooling in the state of Colorado. He was driven out by his church and hounded by the authorities who did not agree with his belief that he, and not the state, was responsible for the education of his children. From the seeds he and his wife and another couple in Greeley planted, the homeschooling movement has grown to be legal in all 50 states and many foreign countries. We cannot forget the efforts of these founders of this movement, nor can we become complacent about our right to teach our children at home. In the early days of this country, many children were homeschooled as a matter of course, including our first president. But somewhere along the way, public education became the rule, and homeschooling disappeared. When it resurfaced in the 1980s, it was met with hostility and threat of legal action against the parents. Many people have sacrificed in a variety of ways to guarantee our right to homeschool. I want to particularly mention Treon Goessen who is our chief lobbyist and watchdog for the homeschoolers of Colorado. She is amazing and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for the thousands of hours she puts in to keep our right to homeschool safe.

 

This blog is intended to encourage and help Catholic parents who feel called to teach their children at home. We are not as visible, nor are we as numerous as the Evangelical and other Christian groups, but there are a lot of us, and hopefully this will be a forum where we can connect with each other and share our experiences and expertise.

 

If you are in the “thinking about it stage” you might want to read an overview of Catholic Homeschool Curricula.

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