Spring is here, and all across America homeschool conventions are sprouting like mushrooms in virtually every state in the Union. And with each passing year, these mushrooms have grown larger and larger to the point where they require the biggest convention centers in their respective states. There are hundreds of vendors and exhibitors at these conventions offering a plethora of educational programs for parents seeking the best for their children, plus instructive workshops, and knowledgeable, charismatic speakers. It is wonderful to see how truly interested parents can be in the education of their children, browsing the vendor booths, asking questions, buying books and programs on a tight family budget without the help of the taxpayer.
I’ve been exhibiting at these conventions since they began in the 1980s. In Massachusetts, our state organization, MassHope, held its first convention in a church basement in 1988 with an attendance of about 300 parents. Today, it is being held in the state’s second-largest convention center, in Worcester, and will draw over 3,000 parents. And so, homeschooling is no longer being practiced in secret by parents hiding from the local government school superintendent, but is being practiced in the open all across America, and there is little chance that the socialists in Washington will ever be able to shut it down.
If you are a parent thinking of homeschooling, you’d be wise to attend one of these conventions. You’ll be able to meet other homeschooling families and get the feel of what it’s like to be a homeschooler. It’s easy to find a local convention on the Internet. Just type in your search engine, for example, Ohio Home School Convention, and the link will come up. In fact, I just did that while writing this article and can inform you that the 28th Convention of Christian Home Educators of Ohio will take place on June 21-23, 2012, at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio. You don’t have to be a member of CHEO to attend. “Children of all ages are welcome to attend with their parents when a family pass is purchased. By registering you are stating your complete understanding and acceptance of CHEO's child attendance agreement.”
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