Homeschooling Resources for Families in Maricopa California2018-05-27T07:43:51+00:00

Homeschooling Resources in Maricopa, California

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If you are one of the many of parents looking for an alternative to the failed Maricopa public schools system you’re not alone! Great Homeschool Conventions is a trusted provider of everything Homeschooling in Maricopa, California. We provide nationally recognized Homeschool Curriculum, Programs, Textbooks, Materials, Lesson Plans, Resources, and the best conferences you’ll ever attend! If you are new homeschooling, we will come see you with open arms. If you currently live in Maricopa, California or are moving to the area and are interested in homeschooling, you probably have many questions about how homeschooling works here.

The most popular question we get asked is Can you homeschool in California? It is hard to believe that the state of California allows homeschooling. However, given the amount of regulation we can interpret that the state of California is not a home school friendly state. With that said families who want the best education environment for their children are today choosing homeschooling more often than the state of California would like! A number of left-wing blogs have acused GreatHomeschoolConventions.Com of pushing the homeschool agenda, as with all fake news, we have never said that homeschooling is better but if this what you want we want to be sure you have the best resources available.

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Getting high-quality home school curriculum, programs, textbooks, materials, lesson plans, and resources in Maricopa, California can be tricky. Maybe that is why GreatHomeschoolConventions.Com conferences are so popular. Here you will be able to mingle from well-known speakers like John Stonestreet, Dr. Duke Pesta, and Wendy Speake as well as leading vendors of home school curriculum, programs, textbooks, and lesson plans. After putting all the negative objections aside our goal is that your children get the best education available. Children that grow up in the US have more choices than their counterparts in Canada and all the parts of the world. These are public school, private school, and home school. But, given that the US is no longer consider the top five education provider many families are looking for alternative options. For many of stay-at-home moms private schooling is out of their reach making home schooling the obvious choice. For additional info on how Great Homeschool Conventions can help you get started with home schooling for your kids, please stop by out our blog.

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Physicist and Homeschooling Pioneer

Suppose you are systems engineer at NASA. Successfully getting to this point, you meet and marry a wonderful man and eventually have two more children (after escaping a previous marriage plagued with domestic abuse). You continue in your career while you and your spouse raise your children. The older children have already started school. However, suppose one of your children isn’t getting what he should from his education. You switch from public school to a Christian school, but it makes no difference. What do you do then?

When Helen Jackson was faced with this problem, she prayed about it and was led to quit her job at NASA and homeschool her children full time. While she “put her career on hold” to educate her children, she didn’t end it altogether. As the children got older, she started doing some part-time programming work and other forms of work like consulting. From there she phased back into engineering work. Once all the children had completed high school, eventually, after a few twists and turns, she got her Ph.D. from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Nowadays, she is a research physicist for Battelle, a science and technology research company. She is currently developing software that can interpret X-ray images to look for objects that might represent a security threat. This line of research is possible because of the work of her late husband, who co-invented the X-ray spectrometer, which is a cornerstone in so much of imaging technology.

I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Jackson a few days ago, because she will be speaking at the Midwest Homeschool Convention and the California Homeschool Convention this year. I found her warm, engaging, exceedingly intelligent, and most importantly, profoundly wise. I learned a lot from the interview, and if you are able to attend, I strongly encourage you to go to one of the conventions and listen to her talks.

Sacrifice

Dr. Jackson’s homeschooling story starts out with sacrifice. When she made the decision to homeschool her children, she had an excellent position at NASA. As an African-American woman, she was someone who the organization highlighted. People would come and take pictures of her, and at the time, she just thought it was part of the job. In reality, it was part of an effort by NASA (who was proud of having diversity in their scientific/technical staff) to highlight that when you are talented, you can become an important part of the organization, regardless of race or gender.

She obviously had a bright future at NASA, but she put it all aside because her children needed something different from traditional schools. At the time, the older of her two sons was in sixth grade but scoring at the third-grade level on standardized tests. Her daughter (who was in seventh grade) was developing a bad attitude that was being reinforced by her peers in school. When she decided that the best option was to homeschool all her children, many of her colleagues in her circle, as well as family members, said it was a dumb thing to do.

I would have to agree that from a career standpoint alone, it was a dumb thing to do. Dr. Jackson was obviously a “rising star” at NASA. She probably could have moved quickly through the ranks and made a name for herself there. In addition to overcoming so many hurdles in her personal life, think about all the time and effort she spent in education and training! I asked her if she had thought that she might be wasting all her training and talent by staying home full time and educating her children. She said: It never even crossed my mind.

Of course, it didn’t. Dr. Jackson is a mother, and a mother puts the needs of her children above her own. Not surprisingly, her children’s academic improvement was swift when they started homeschooling. Why? As Dr. Jackson told me:

Homeschooling is a tutorial, which is the best form of education.

Success

Today, her children are grown and quite successful. The son that was once underperforming three grade levels below his age now has an advanced technical degree. Her oldest child is a professor of epidemiology with over 30 publications. She has 3 masters degrees and a PhD. Her youngest daughter has a VP role in a nonprofit, with a specialized MBA. Her other sons: (1) owns a construction company which he started after graduating in chemical engineering, and (2) the youngest is a combat veteran Marine and a financial analyst consultant, with a masters degree in economics.

Of course, Dr. Jackson and her children had a lot of interesting experiences between the time they started homeschooling and the time the children went on to pursue their adult lives. They started homeschooling in Texas, when it technically wasn’t legal for them to homeschool. In the end, however, Dr. Jackson was a witness in Leeper vs. Arlington, the Texas court case that led to the legalization of homeschooling in that state. She said that the opponents of homeschooling were trying to characterize homeschooling parents as backward and uneducated. As an expert witness, she helped to convince the court that this just wasn’t true. She also highlighted her children’s academic progress in homeschooling.

When the family moved to Pennsylvania, they found that it was hostile to homeschooling as well. At one point, the state even issued a warrant to have her children taken into custody because of “neglect,” which was a common charge levied against homeschoolers, because their children were not enrolled in a traditional school. She ended up testifying before the Pennsylvania House Subcommittee on Education, on behalf of a court case regarding the legality of homeschooling.

A Homeschooling Pioneer

In other words, Dr. Jackson is a homeschooling pioneer. She not only started doing it before it was legal, but she helped to make it legal in at least two states. In the process, she and her family lost homes and livelihoods in two states, not something easy to recover from. It’s not surprising, then, that one of the messages she wants to share at the homeschool conventions is:

Don’t forget that someone had to make it legal for you.

Homeschooling is so common these days that it’s easy to forget this important point. It’s also easy to ignore the corollary: That it could become illegal at some point in the future if homeschoolers do not remain vigilant.

There is so much that I could write about Dr. Jackson, but this article is already getting too long. I encourage you to hear the rest from Dr. Jackson herself. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.


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