Throughout the course of history, many famous people have been homeschooled. These people have gone on to become artists, inventors, scientists, statesmen, writers, religious leaders, Supreme Court justices, musicians, and even American presidents.
For example, all four men depicted on Mount Rushmore --- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln --- were home educated men. Other home educated people that you may recognize are Sir Ernest Shackleton (explorer), Will Rogers (humorist), Florence Nightingale (nurse), Jim Ryan (Olympic silver-medalist runner), Sam Houston (president of Texas), Andrew Carnegie (industrialist), Walt Whitman (poet), C.S. Lewis (author), Samuel Clemons (author), John Philip Sousa (composer), Eli Whitney (inventor), Alexander Graham Bell (inventor), Sandra Day O'Connor (Supreme Court Justice), Douglas MacArthur (WWII general), Albert Einstein (genius inventor), Thomas Edison (inventor), and many, many more.
John Quincy Adams, the son of President John Adams, was a serious and studious child who learned strong Christian character and how to read and write from his mother Abigail; then as a young teen accompanied his father on extended diplomatic missions to Europe. Under the close tutelage of his father, he learned eight languages and, serving as his father's secretary, gained broad knowledge from study and travel, filling 51 volumes of diaries (15,000 pages) about the things he learned and observed. He served the United States as Secretary of State, President, and then Congressman; was instrumental in establishing the Smithsonian Institution; and fought against slavery until his death. Having experienced first hand the tumultuous history of our country's beginning, John Quincy Adams said, "You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
This is MÂCHÉ’s 30th anniversary as an organization and we are in the process of writing a book detailing the history of homeschooling in Minnesota. You will read about pioneer homeschoolers who were in the struggle to make home education legal in the early 1980s and learn how God has developed their families into successful entities who are now making a very big difference in our world.
Let us look ahead into the future and ask ourselves some questions. Who will they be reading about in history books 30 years, 100 years, or 300 years from now? Will it be us? Our children? Our grandchildren? What legacy will we have built by what we do now? Will we make "good use" of the freedoms that others have fought and won for us, whether they are homeschool freedoms or other freedoms?
The book by the same name as our conference theme, Do Hard Things, was written by teenagers Alex and Brett Harris, sons of our 2014 keynote speaker, Gregg Harris. It relates how most modern teens are content to be and do only as much as the world expects of them. But Scripture says in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
Too often we parents fall into the same pattern --- do only what the world expects of us or, if we are what the world calls successful, compare ourselves with others around us. We should not be content until we can stand up as true examples of Jesus Christ and say with confidence that we have done all that God has called us to do in every area of our lives.
The MÂCHÉ conference this year will be a great encouragement to us all. The theme is "Do Hard Things." It's objective is to challenge you to strive for higher goals for your family, your children, your homeschool, your marriage --- to be examples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hopefully we will equip you to know how to do that. Let us all get a vision for what God has in store for our families and let us keep moving forward toward that end. It may be an easy journey for some; it will be a hard journey for others. We who have been homeschooling for a while know that all too well.
Do hard things. Do the things that stretch you. Do the things that you fear.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
"Do Hard Things!"
2014 MACHE Homeschool Conference and Curriculum Fair
April 11 - 12, 2014
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (The DECC), 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, Minnesota 55802
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday Evening Keynote Session at 6:30 p.m. is open to the public
"I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHENETH ME." ~PHILIPPIANS 4:13
Because this is our 30th anniversary as an organization, our speakers are among the many home education veterans who stepped out into unknown territory 30+ years ago to home educate their own children, often not knowing any other home educating families in their state.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Among the first to do so, Gregg Harris and his wife Soni were present at home education's beginning and were instrumental in encouraging other home educating parents across the nation. They were conference speakers back when an attendance of only fifteen people was exciting, but now Gregg speaks at conferences worldwide which have thousands in attendance.
FEATURED SPEAKERS: Thirty years ago, Wade and Jessica Hulcy wrote the first curriculum (KONOS) especially for homeschoolers. Joining them will be Joe and Zan Tyler, who 30+ years ago were invaluable in paving the way for home education to be legal in their home state. Jim and Karen Stobaugh will share the history of home education over the last 30 years and how it has and will be changing.
SUPPORTING SPEAKERS: Marcus Bachmann PhD, Jen Beyst, Nancy Bjorkman, Tom Clark, Steve Demme, Denise Eide, Susan Lovig, Johann Marsland, John Tuma, Jim Weiss, and Cindy Wiggers.
Media Talk 101 with Phillip Telfer.
Phillip Telfer is the founder and president of Media Talk 101, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching media discernment in the light of following Christ. He has also produced and co-directed the award winning documentary Captivated. (see below)
Media Talk 101 is not anti-media or anti-tech-nology. It is pro-discernment and pro-wisdom. Today's media has a powerful influence on our culture for good and for bad. We want to be part of the influence for good and, more importantly, part of the influence for God; but media needs to be handled with caution and wisdom. Unfortu-nately, too many Christians have not been careful or wise with their use. Here is Biblical help for a media-saturated society.
The MÂCHÉ Teen Track is for teens ages 13 - 19. If there is room, parents are also invited to attend these sessions. For more information on Media Talk 101, click HERE.
Free Showing of Captivated Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m. French River Room - DECC
We live in a media-saturated society and there are many challenges we are faced with everyday. Written, directed, and co-produced by Phillip Telfer, Captivated is an award-winning documentary with insightful conversation with media experts, church leaders, and inspiring individuals and families from across the country. You will discover how God's Word addresses the unique media challenges we face today. To see the Captivated trailer, click HERE.
Additional conference events
Exhibit Hall: Over 140 exhibitors, of whom 25% are new to our conference, will display some of the finest home education curricula, supplies, and services that you will find anywhere. You'll enjoy the variety and quantity of shopping possibilities!
Used Curriculum: Over 45 sellers of used curricula and supplies will be selling their "no longer needed" home school items in a spacious and easy-to-find location. You will find many great bargins for tried and true homeschool helps!
Virtual Gift Basket: Each attending family will receive a special code for a virtual "gift basket" with hundreds of dollars worth of homeschool coupons, helps, and teaching ideas. You must attend the conference to receive this gift.
Exhibitor Postcard Drawing: Visit with the small exhibitors listed on a special Postcard inserted inside your program booklet, have your postcard punched, and enter it into the drawing for 'take home with you' gifts worth hundreds of dollars.
"Homeschool Helps!" Booth: Home educating dads and moms who have many years of hard earned experi-ence will be available at this booth during the conference to share good practical counsel for your home education issues.