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From the President

A Message from the NCHE President


It’s the fall of 2015, the beginning of a new academic year. I trust you had a summer full of activities that took advantage of the great resources in NC, from our mountains to our beaches. I hope you were able to schedule an extended visit with family and friends. I hope you were able to read a good book and take in a summer blockbuster. I hope you were able to take a break from structured academics and that you were able to reboot.

Kevin’s Kluge: Behind the Scenes at the Thrive! Conference Teen Game Night

The annual conference, our thirty-first, just concluded. It was an exciting experience with wonderful opportunities, as usual. There were lots of things I did during the conference that left an impression on me. It was great hearing and interacting with our speakers and also participating in the graduation ceremony. I could tell you about having dinner with Steve and Jane Lambert of Five in a Row and hearing Steve tell jokes. I then accidently became the butt of several jokes as I revealed to everyone at the table that I don’t know enough about how catered meals work.

Kevin’s Kluge, Graduation: a Time for Rest and Respect

It's graduation time, and I have the annual privilege of congratulating another group of young adults and their parents on successfully completing the marathon of providing and receiving a secondary education. It's a great thing to be a graduate. I always enjoy the special graduate issue of GREENHOUSE, as it allows NCHE to recognize our graduates with photos and biographical descriptions. I enjoy getting a sense of each graduate's personality and his or her aspirations for the future; these students are an inspiration to me.

Kevin’s Kluge: A Busy Season

It has been a busy season for the organization, and the busyness reinforces my belief that NCHE serves a critical need among North Carolinians. While the day-to-day work of homeschooling is done by parents and guardians, NCHE serves as an essential hub that links those who are curious about alternatives to the traditional classroom and are often struggling to learn exactly what it means to homeschool in North Carolina to resources that may answer their questions.

Kevin’s Kluge: Thoughts on the History of Education, Technology and Socialization

This article is late to the editor and somewhat cobbled together (therefore, truly a kluge). Originally I was just going to write about the history of schooling, how changes in technology helped place new emphasis on socialization as a responsibility of schools. However, recent news has caused me to shift my focus slightly. Our children are impacted by the events of our society, and they are watching to see how we respond and looking to us for guidance.

Kevin’s Kluge—NCHE Board Retreats to Haw River

It has long been the practice of the NCHE board to have an extended time together during the summer that includes an official board meeting. This meeting anchors the year, providing time not only for a debriefing from the May conference, but also for committees to work on strategies and plans for the upcoming year. This August 14-16 the board conducted its annual meeting, referred to as “the retreat,” at Haw River State Park in Brown Summit, just north of Greensboro. I'd like to share with you a little of the experience.

Kevin’s Kluge A First for Dr. Bradley: Addressing an Assembly of Homeschoolers

In May NCHE held its thirtieth annual conference in Winston-Salem. As I write this, I am still recovering from the whirlwind of the experience. The conference has been the cornerstone of the service NCHE provides the residents of North Carolina. The conference is a large-scale production, and there are many moving parts, from dozens of vendors and speakers, to hotels and buses and meals—not to mention technological complexities, such as registrations and recordings. The conference committee reviews the process each year, as it seeks ways to make things run more smoothly.

Kevin’s Kluge: NCHE, a Pioneer in Educational Freedom in NC

One of the best parts of the role of president is that I get to represent an organization with a thirty-year legacy of advocating for educational freedom. There is a growing educational reform movement in America, which means increased public dialogue about alternatives to the status quo. NCHE has many opportunities to represent homeschoolers in NC and to impact the school reform movement and the public opinion of homeschooling. We have participated in leadership events such as Leadership Charlotte and Leadership Raleigh.

Kevin’s Kluge: NCHE Moving Forward: Updated Vision and Bylaws

This issue is the first issue of 2014. It's a new year, and NCHE, like so many homeschooling parents in NC, is busy. We've been busy working on the organization—how we understand our work and go about it. In December, the organization approved some significant bylaws changes. In this column, I'm going to expound on some of the most significant changes, and, in particular, want to reflect on NCHE's mission.

Are You Training Animals or Discipling Children?

My wife, Debbie, and I began our journey in home education in 1981, and I have been in homeschool leadership since 1988. Therefore, I have had the opportunity to talk with many homeschool parents over the years. No matter what their religious belief, the general consensus among the vast majority of parents is that each of their children is unique. The combination of their personality, temperament, mental and physical strengths and weaknesses, learning style and intelligence makes each child one-of-a-kind.