“In this atmosphere it’s much easier to hear God’s call”

Why 1 in 10 new priests in the US come from homeschooling families

Statistics suggest that faith-based homeschooling has a crucial role in producing vocations. Data from a 2017 survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (Cara) at Georgetown University shows that nearly one in 10 young men in formation for the priesthood in the US were homeschooled. That’s a staggering number, considering there is only one homeschooler for … [Read more...]

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Anti-homeschooling Bill Defeated in California

Bill 2756 had serious privacy and safety implications

They came by the hundreds, perhaps thousands, easily exceeding the capacity of the legislative committee hearing room and making their presence felt throughout the State Capitol.  And at the end of a very long day, homeschooling families scored a major victory—defeat of a bill with serious privacy and safety implications. For more than three hours, families and freedom … [Read more...]

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Vocations boom among the home-schooled

Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University found that young American men who had been homeschooled were four times more likely to enter seminaries than those educated in Catholic institutions

Priestly vocations are most likely to flourish among the homeschooled, according to a US study. The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (Cara), a research institute at Georgetown University, found that young American men who had been homeschooled were four times more likely to enter seminaries than those educated in Catholic institutions. Although the number of … [Read more...]

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Bill 2926 alarms homeschooling families

May mean imposing additional requirements on home study programs

A bill making its way through the California Legislature is raising alarms in the homeschool community, and prompting concerns about misplaced legislative priorities. Assembly Bill (AB) 2926 would create a new state-level advisory committee to consider imposing additional requirements on homeschools.  The bill directs the new committee to consider mandating new health and … [Read more...]

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Abuse case prompts California bishops to take deeper look at homeschooling

Alleged child abuse in large homeschooling family has sparked calls for more regulation of homeschooling, California Catholic Conference’s education committee will study issue

A horrifying case of alleged child abuse in a large homeschooling family in California has sparked calls for more regulation of homeschools, as well as worries such rules could mean more false reports and disruption for innocent families. “The California Catholic Conference has not dealt with the issue of homeschooling other than to support the parental right to do so,” … [Read more...]

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Parental Rights Amendment introduced in US Senate

Filed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), measure would amend US Constitution to provide that parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation today to add a Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. The amendment would establish that parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children.  "We are gratified to see this crucial amendment introduced in the U.S. Senate for the fifth straight Congress," said … [Read more...]

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California school district told homeschoolers they were breaking the law

Correspondence contrary to 2008 appeals court ruling

The following comes from a July 28 WND article by Bob Unruh: Parents who homeschool their children in California’s San Benito Unified School District were recently informed that they were breaking the law. According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, the world’s largest homeschool advocacy organization, a letter from the district claimed, “Under California law, … [Read more...]

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Catholic Textbook Project contest runs through March 23

California-based publisher announces history essay competition for Catholic schools and homeschoolers

The following comes from a January 28 EconoTimes article: LOS ANGELES-- Michael Van Hecke, M.Ed., president of Catholic Textbook Project, the publisher of history textbooks for Catholic schools, confirmed the official launch of the company’s 2016 History Essay Contest for Catholic students in Grades 5 through 12. Contest submission deadline is March 23, 2016, and six … [Read more...]

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Why homeschooling is growing

Common Core adds to the mix

The following comes from a Sept. 1 posting by Nicole Russell on The Federalist. Fifteen years ago, the homeschooling movement seemed small, obscure, and, frankly, a bit scary. As a group, they seemed to be running away from the “immoral” public school system, and you were as likely to find them on a ramshackle farm in the middle of nowhere as doing seventh-grade Algebra at a … [Read more...]

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German judge bars homeschoolers from going to France

The following comes from a Jan. 9 story on Christian News Network. A judge in Germany has barred a family in Darmstadt from immigrating to another country where homeschooling is legal and refused to return custody of the children to their parents. As previously reported, approximately 20 social workers, police officers and special agents swarmed the home of Dirk and Petra … [Read more...]

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