Michael Smith and his wife Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife, Vickie, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members. Smith served three years in the U.S. Navy before attending law school at the University of San Diego. He was admitted to the bar in California in 1972 and also has been admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. Mike came to HSLDA full-time in 1987 and has served as president of the organization since 2001. All of Mike’s children are now grown, and three of the four were homeschooled. The most enjoyable part of his job is when he is able to go to homeschool conferences and meet what he calls America’s greatest heroes, homeschooling moms.
Remembering the Reason, Renewing the Vision
Discover the challenges, burdens, and benefits of homeschooling from a veteran homeschool father and leader. Addressing the potential homeschooler, the new homeschooler, the veteran homeschooler–and all homeschoolers in between–Michael Smith outlines the success of homeschooling in academics and socialization, describes legal and legislative advances, and concludes that homeschoolers have earned the right to be left alone. For homeschoolers who are losing the vision, he reminds them of the benefits of homeschooling and offers some practical suggestions for relieving the pressure on the homeschooling family, especially Mom. “Thank you for confirming the experience of my public education,” writes one parent, “and for convicting us even more of our commitment to bettering the lives of our children.”
Common Core—the Impact on You
In this workshop, Mike takes his audience through the history of the Common Core’s creation, including how the federal government and national education bureaucrats pressured states to adopt the Common Core and how the philosophy behind the Common Core is deeply flawed. He discusses related concerns such as the implementation of intrusive national databases and the fact that the Common Core is poised to become a de facto national curriculum. He closes with how homeschoolers and their allies can unite to push back against the Common Core.