Tim Lambert is president of the Texas Home School Coalition, the largest state advocacy organization for home school families in the country. As a leader for more than 30 years, Tim has been instrumental in developing the home school community into a recognized political force in Texas.
As an authority on home education and parental rights, Tim has testified before numerous Texas legislative committees. He regularly engages with state and federal government agencies, such as the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Social Security Administration. He has testified as an expert witness on home education in various court cases and was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on a parental rights advisory committee to Child Protective Services.
Tim has also been a leader in the Republican Party in Texas for more than 20 years, including representing Texas on the Republican National Committee from 1996 to 2004.
Tim holds a B.A. in political science from Texas Tech University and is passionate about protecting the fundamental constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children.
Workshops that will be presented at the 2017 FEAST Convention:
1) Why Home School? A Vision for the Future
Tim talks about many reasons that more and more people believe the burgeoning home education movement has the potential to change our state, nation and ultimately the world for the better. Tim tells how home education has affected his family and church and how it is continuing to impact in our culture.
2) Fulfilling the Good Citizenship Requirement
Tim explains what our state government means when it requires us to teach “good citizenship” and talks about how to incorporate the subject into your school. He addresses maintaining priorities and keeping a balance between teaching the academics of government and politics and practicing activism in them at all levels. Tim encourages parents to take a synergistic approach to teaching their children about government in the classroom while participating in the governmental process in practical ways.
3) Planning for the Future: What Comes After Graduation
Tim talks about home schoolers going to college – how to plan and prepare. He also tells about apprenticeship, a time-tested approach to vocational preparation. Other options he addresses are trade schools, the military and home management.
4) The Nature and Laws of Home Schooling in Texas
Click below to view a video clip of Tim Lambert’s answer to the question: Is Homeschool Legal?
For the full history of the legalization of homeschooling in Texas, you can view Tim Lambert’s video message here: Legal History of Homeschooling in Texas
WHY Can’t I Just Home School?
by Tim Lambert
Recently, a couple of our team members expressed negative concerns about the political newsletter I publish each Saturday. THSC publishes regular newsletters that can be subscribed to on the THSC website so readers can stay informed with a simple email. During the week I post a number of links to news articles that I find interesting on my personal Twitter and Facebook accounts. Those are collected by a staff member and rolled into one newsletter that goes out on the weekends.
The complaints essentially stemmed from questioning why the political articles have anything to do with home schooling and, therefore, THSC? These kinds of complaints arise from time to time when a subscriber asks the same questions or makes the same observations. In fact, the usual complaint is “Why all the focus on politics? Let’s just focus on home schooling!”
Yes, that is the question, and it is a foundational one. Almost 30 years ago I came to the realization that my freedom to make the parenting decisions for my children was limited because those who were making public policy for the state of Texas believed that the government was better qualified than my wife and I.
At that time, the Texas Attorney General said he didn’t believe parents were qualified to raise their children, much less home school them. It became crystal clear to the home school community that if we wanted to home school, we had to be involved in the process by which public policy is made. That is, we had to become involved in the process by which Texas chooses its elected officials, or what we often refer to as “politics.”
January 6 a special election was held for the State House District 17 and THSC endorsed Brent Goleman, a long-time home school dad and business man whom I’ve known for many years. He will be in a runoff for that seat sometime in the near future. I was told that the counties where his support was strongest had very few polling places open, while the counties in which his opponent was strongest had all regular polling places open. (That sounds a little strange to me but that is not the point.)
A home school mom told Brent she drove 26 miles to a polling place to vote for him and only did that because he was endorsed by THSC. He is in a runoff now because of the commitment of home schoolers to elect those who support the fundamental constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children.
I know that many home schoolers believe they are too busy to pay attention to political issues. I would suggest to everyone that we can no longer afford to ignore the political issues of our day. Our parental rights depend on our participation. So what can you do?
1. If you are on Twitter or Facebook connect to THSC in that way.
2. If you want to follow me on Twitter and Facebook you may do that too.
3. You can sign up on the THSC website for legislative updates.
4. Join us at Capitol Days and involve your children in Keeping Texas Families Free.
Whatever approach you take, get connected. Don’t wake up one day and realize you lost a key freedom because you were too busy.