5 Reasons HSLDA is Ready for Hillary

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HSLDA — ready for Hillary?

Yes, you heard right. But it’s not what you think.

As the 2016 presidential race kicks into high gear, candidates are working overtime to win over their base with attractive policy ideas and legislative initiatives. Platforms during the primary process can be particularly telling of how the candidate will act to woo a certain voter base when in the White House.

When it comes to educational policy, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has been outspoken. Between work as a U.S. Senator and writer of It Takes a Village, Clinton has given us a crystal clear view of her policy priorities regarding homeschooling and parental rights.

Here are five quotes that tell homeschoolers everything they need to know about where Hillary Clinton stands:


At an April 14th round table, Hillary Clinton said the following about education, “How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation, which is, how our kids are educated?”

HSLDA believes that for homeschoolers, education and the family are inseparable. Parents are the most powerful influence in a child’s life regardless of whether children are educated at home, public, or private school, and they know what is best for their children. By advocating for strong federal legal protections for homeschoolers, such as the preservation Section 9506 of No Child Left Behind in current legislation, we are helping to insure that education can continue to be a family enterprise without federal government interference.


In 2013, Hillary Clinton launched the Too Small to Fail initiative, a program aimed at advocating for educational programs for children from birth to five years old.

It is no secret that Hillary Clinton has been a fan of universal pre-k for a long time. In the 2006 introduction to her book It Takes a Village (originally published in 1996), Hillary Clinton claimed, The case for quality early education and programs like Head Start is stronger than ever, and we should be expanding them.”

Clinton’s effort to promote schooling for children from birth to 5 is certain to become a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign, just as her proposal for a $10 billion pre-k program was a major piece of her 2008 campaign.

HSLDA believes that the growth of federal involvement in early education is dangerous to parents who are trying to do what is best for the education of their children. Educational opportunity for children should be encouraged, but not at the cost of parental rights. Increasing federal growth in programs like Head Start will put pressure on states to expand and increase enrollment in their early childhood education programs.

>> HSLDA Director of Federal Relations Will Estrada on Head Start.


If the Common Core State Standards had a godmother, it would be Hillary Clinton. Ever since National Center on Education and the Economy president Marc Tucker began working with the Clinton administration in the 90s to advocate for national standards, he has received an attentive ear in the former first lady.

Even in today’s election field, Clinton is willing to defend the intrusive standards, “When I think about the really unfortunate argument that’s been going on around Common Core, it’s very painful, because the Common Core started off as a bi-partisan effort — it was actually nonpartisan.”

HSLDA has strongly opposed the Common Core State Standards from the very beginning. We work on the federal level to support legislation that works to scale back federal use of tax dollars to incentivize states into adopting the standards.  At the state level, HSLDA is heavily involved in lobbying for state bills that end the Common Core State Standards. So far in 2015, we have lobbied for federal legislation like the LOCAL Level Act that will explicitly prohibit the federal government from financially supporting the Common Core State Standards, curricula, or assessments.

For more information on the Common Core, visit HSLDA’s Common Core microsite and watch Building the MachineHSLDA’s groundbreaking documentary featuring education experts and parents whose children have experienced the Common Core’s impact firsthand.


As a first lady, United States Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has spent her share of time interacting with the United Nations. While most of her work has been in support of treaties like CEDAW and CRC, she has done her share of work in favor of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) during her tenure as secretary of state. As recently as 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out in favor of Article 23.1.b. of the UN CRPD, which states:

“1. States Parties shall take effective and appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against persons with disabilities in all matters relating to marriage, family, parenthood and relationships, on an equal basis with others, so as to ensure that:

The rights of persons with disabilities to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children and to have access to age-appropriate information, reproductive and family planning education are recognized, and the means necessary to enable them to exercise these rights are provided;

Secretary Clinton went on record to defend the reproductive planning language in the UN Treaty before the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in Gatineau, Canada, claiming, “‘Reproductive health’ includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.”

While the idea of promoting equal rights and protections for disabled persons sounds like a great idea, the actual content of the UN CRPD threatens homeschool and parental rights and will over ride existing state laws if ratified by the U.S. Senate. Furthermore, many of the protections contained in the UN CRPD are already included in U.S. law as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

>> Read Mike Farris’s breakdown of the UN CRPD here.


For the past 32 years, HSLDA has been fighting for the rights of homeschoolers at the state, national, and international level. So far in 2015, HSLDA has reviewed thousands of bills and, you can read about 6 types of those bills here. No matter who wins the 2016 presidential election, HSLDA will continue to watch out for homeschoolers and preserve the power of parents and families to do what they know is best for the education of their children.

So yes, we are ready for Hillary- ready to fight educational policies that endanger parental rights and promote government intrusion into the home. We are grateful for your membership in HSLDA, and together, we will stand against any politician who tries to threaten our God-given fundamental freedoms.

-Andrew Mullins

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78 Comments on “It’s Homeschool Appreciation Day | Enter HSLDA’s Giveaway”

  1. Charissa Ballard
    April 27, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    I have only been homeschooling for almost three years and in the time I have experienced many highs and lows. One thing remains constant, I love to watch my children learn about how loving and compassionate God is toward us. Teaching them how to memorize scripture and read His word has been a true privilege! Teaching them to be unashamed of the gospel and be a disciple for him has been amazing! I really consider it a privilege and an honor to be able to homeschool them! This time has been a precious gift!


  2. Ursula
    April 27, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    One of my favorite things about being a homeschool teacher is sharing life everyday with my kids – not just sharing a house.


  3. Kathy Kramer
    April 27, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Getting to spend every day with our children & seeing those “aha!” moments!


  4. Julie C.
    April 27, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    One thing I love about being a homeschool teacher is knowing my kids’ strengths and weaknesses, so that I can better guide their education and minimize their frustrations.


  5. Kristina Sarver-Harvey
    April 27, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    I love homeschooling my children 🙂 I feel blessed everyday to teach them and to also learn something new myself. I’ve learned many things about myself that I didn’t know before starting this journey 🙂


  6. Susan
    April 27, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    Wow! I finally got around to reading this! What a great giveaway for all of us who are working so hard to teach our kiddos! Thanks!!


  7. Tracy
    April 28, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    I appreciate being a homeschool teacher because I get to enjoy my children. I get to see them learning and developing their gifts.


  8. Maria Gervase
    April 28, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    My favorite thing about being a homeschool mom? Wow! There are so many wonderful reasons! But what I love most of all is that Im able to pour God’s love into their hearts on a constant basis. Im proud to be raising Kingdom Men. I cherish each moment with my boys and am excited to see how God works in their lives ♡


  9. Kim
    April 28, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    I have been enjoying teaching my son for 3 years and soon my daughter will join us for kindergarten as well. I loved that I got to teach my sone to read and am looking forward to teaching my daughter to read as well.


  10. Redonna G
    April 28, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    We homeschool because it has decreased our sons anxiety and his well being has improved! Both of our sons are learning new things everyday and our family time has benefitted as well!


  11. Lynn
    April 28, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    My greatest joy as a homeschool mom is to see that my children’s love for the Lord and love for learning increase on a daily basis. My dream is for them to be well prepared for their future and to continue following the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


  12. Cynde Contreras
    April 28, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    I enjoy homeschooling because I love BEING with and spending quality time with my boys! I can’t think of a better way to cherish them and to maximize our precious (and short) time together.


  13. Jenn
    April 28, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    I love being a homeschooling mom because even though there are challenges and sacrifices, the rewards are more than worth it! Getting to see your children grow in God and succeed in education in a safe environment- and being lucky enough to be there for all those special learning moments!


  14. Michelle Cook
    April 28, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    We have been homeschooling for 16 years and the thing I appreciate most is the relationships that I have with all my kids. That would be missing if we would not been doing life together.


  15. S. Taylor
    April 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    I love the freedom to take subjects at our own pace and that learning is woven into our everyday lives.


  16. Tandy
    April 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    I am so appreciative that as a homeschool teacher, I get to send my life and time with my kids. They are not away from me 8 + hours daily but we get to share life’s moments and memories. That is priceless…


  17. Elizabeth H.
    April 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    My boys having time to spend together instead of being apart for most of the day.


  18. Sarah Therkildsen
    April 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

    I am grateful to have so much more time with my children before they leave the nest. They are learning and I am learning right alongside them.


  19. Jenny U
    April 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    I love being a homeschool Mom! I have homeschooled my daughter from the beginning and she’s now finishing up 6th grade. We’ve had so many wonderful moments together that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. Sure there are difficult and stressful days, but I wouldn’t trade it!


  20. Angie Dubbert
    April 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    I love that we are our daughter’s primary influence, that we can individualize her instruction to her needs and interests, and the flexibility it gives our family.


  21. Deborah Freeman
    April 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    I am so grateful for God’s grace and provision, that allows me to be on this homeschool journey with my amazing children.


  22. sherah crosby
    April 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    So blessed that I can spend time and see the growth of my children. Some days are longer than other, but no doubt about it you can’t beat the smile on my face when something clicks and your child tells you ” I get it!”


  23. Katie
    April 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

    I love the time I get to spend with my kids and watching them learn new things


  24. Wendy Leatherman
    April 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

    I love homeschooling my twin boys. They are 13 years old now and it is so important that their father and I disciple them to be the young men God wants them to be. Exciting and terrifying at the same time!


  25. Jessica Payne
    April 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    I love being able to be a part of and witness our children learning something new.


  26. Amy
    April 14, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    I have been homeschooling for over 10 years and never been appreciatied in tangible ways for being a teacher, but the best appreciation to me was when I read my children’s scholarship essays and they wrote that homeschool had made them better people. Thanks HSLDA for your support.


  27. Cara
    April 20, 2017 at 11:03 pm #

    I love having my children about me all day! I love that I know what they are learning, love cooking them wholesome meals at home, love it that I AM their “peer pressure”, love that we can start the day out with love and joy in the presence of our Saviour, and homeschooling is our lifestyle! I love all the hugs and kisses I get and knowing they are safe at home with me, and I love learning new things alongside of them. Homeschooling allows you to really see grace in action- it’s something we give and accept all day.


  28. Abigail
    April 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    I have found one of the best things about homeschooling is that my kids are taking responsibility for their actions and work. They love checking off each subject as they finish it for the day. They are even beginning to understand why chores and housework are so important. Sometimes they complain but then again sometimes I do too. We are growing together and learning that work really is a gift from God, not an endless mundane movement through our days. I love having them with me at home.


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