Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators
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2014 Workshops

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Mike Donnelly

The Compelling Case for Home Education (free Thursday evening session at the Hilton Garden)
Are you curious about home education, but not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? Do you have a friend or family member saying you’re crazy if you homeschool? Join HSLDA Staff Attorney and homeschooling father of seven Mike Donnelly for "The Compelling Case for Home Education" and see why homeschooling may be the right choice for you. Mike will help you understand the basics, show how homeschooled students often outshine their public school peers, and shed light on the myths surrounding homeschooling.
Rotten to the (Common) Core
Educrats and statists see the education system as a means of control. But freedom in education means freedom over method and content—the increasingly federalized Common Core educational standards and related projects threaten both. And not just for homeschoolers either. Federal testing, standards, databases and more are legitimate concerns about Common Core’s threat to our freedom to homeschool. HSLDA Attorney Mike Donnelly will tell you what you need to know about these and other threats to our freedom—and what you as a homeschooling parent and concerned citizen can do about it!
Is Today's Military Right for My Child?
Serving in the United States Military is generally considered patriotic and an honorable profession. Is it still? Changes in society are reflected in the military. How can this impact a parents view of service in the military today? What is involved in serving in the military and how should parents mentor their children in viewing service in today’s military? Michael Donnelly is an HSLDA attorney and homeschooling father of seven who served as a platoon leader in combat during Desert Storm with the U.S. Army’s Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. He will discuss practical and philosophical issues about serving in today’s military. Come with questions and be prepared to be challenged in your thinking.
Creature of the State?
In 1925 the U.S. Supreme Court said children are not mere creatures of the state. The 1945 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that parents have the "prior right" to decide what kind of education their children will have. Is homeschooling a "human right" of the first order? HSLDA Staff Attorney, homeschooling father of seven, and Director of International Affairs Michael Donnelly explores this question and shares a presentation he delivered at the world’s largest human rights conference on the philosophy of law and social philosophy. In this talk, Donnelly examines philosophies on the relationship between the family and the state and looks at how human rights doctrine is applied globally towards homeschooling.
"Parentectomies" and Parental Rights
In this interactive session, HSLDA Director for International Relations and Staff Attorney for Massachusetts Affairs will report on pressing issues in the area of family autonomy, religious freedom and parental rights.  With plenty of opportunity for Q&A, Mike will help you understand critical issues we face as parents, families and a homeschooling movement.  What does it mean that the Federal government rejected Asylum for but refuses to deport a German homeschooling family?  Why did Massachusetts DFS collude with Boston Children’s Hospital to do a "parentectomy" on the Pelletier family?  Why did the Scottish Legislature pass a law to assign a "named person" to every child?  Is the Senate poised to ratify the UNCRPD?  Mike explores the impact on your family and how together we must defend ourselves and our homeschooling movement!


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June 6, 2015
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June 20, 2015
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