A Conversation on Christian Home-Schooling

Jun 15, 2017

Back in April, I attended the Christian Association for Parent Educators (CAPE) Convention, hosted in Albuquerque. I was fascinated with the conference topics, like "Raising An Army"; The Sexual Agenda Against Your Child"; and "What is the Role of Dad in Homeschool"?

I was also interested in what the policy preferences expressed by billionaire Betsy DeVos—now U.S. Secretary of Education under President Trump—bode for religion penetrating public education. DeVos has said, “There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education… Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s kingdom.”  A spokeswoman for DeVos has said she believes in the separation of church and state.

Policy-wise, homeschool families overall seek not to have government vouchers available to them, although vouchers are a staple of school choice advocacy and charter schools. Vouchers are state-backed coupons that low-income parents or parents of children in "failing" schools can use to send their kids to the school of their choice, even private and religiously affiliated schools.

Will Estrada is the federal lobbyist for the Home School Legal Defense Association in Purcellville, Virginia.  Before becoming a federal lobbyist, Will was homeschooled and became a lawyer. Then he served as the director of Generation Joshua, whose vision is to "raise up the next generation of Christian leaders and citizens," according to their website.