NJHSA - WHO WE ARE
The North Jersey Home Schoolers Association, Inc (NJHSA) is a Christian organization of local home school support groups (LSGs). NJHSA exists for the purpose of providing encouragement, support and aid to home schooling families in the northern counties of New Jersey; providing an environment in which Christ-centered education may flourish; promoting home education; and laboring to secure the God-given right and responsibility of parents to direct the education of their children. NJHSA defines home schooling as parents directing the education of their own children from home as a base, using whatever means, methods and resources they deem appropriate, but not including full-time enrollment in a day institution. Membership in NJHSA is open to all families, regardless of religious beliefs, who: (i) are actively home schooling their children; (ii) have paid NJHSA dues for the current academic year; and (iii) are members of a Local Support Group. The members of the Board, each member of the LSG leadership team, and other individuals in leadership positions attest to certain core beliefs by signing NJHSA's Statement of Faith. We seek to ensure that our practices, activities and events will not conflict with a Christian world and life view, including the primacy of the family in God’s plan.
Parents have a God-given responsibility to provide the best possible education for each of their children. Deuteronomy 6:6,7 speaks to our God-given mandate to educate your children. “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Parents have a constitutional right to provide the best possible education for each of their children. Thankfully we live in a country where our constitutional right aligns with our God-given duty. Matthew 21:21, “’Caesar's,’ they replied. Then he said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's.’" From this we acknowledge that while it is good and proper for us to pay our federal, state, and even local taxes to support public schools – fo rthey belong to Caesar, your children are created in the image of God, and therefore you must give your children to God, not the public schools. Your child’s birth certificate gives you the right, authority, and qualifications to teach your child. Each home schooling family is encouraged to formulate its own educational philosophy and curriculum, by a process that includes prayer, research, investigation, and interaction with other home schooling families. NJHSA does not endorse any particular view on home schooling for curricula or teaching methods. Neither does NJHSA provide curricula or services, such as testing or record keeping, for its members.
The purpose of NJHSA is to provide support through disseminating information, furnishing means of contact with other home schooling families, and sponsoring various activities and events to enhance the home school experience.
We believe it is best for the family to be together whenever possible and therefore many of the events and activities sponsored by NJHSA encourage the attendance and participation of the entire family. Exceptions to this would include age-appropriate field trips, parents’ support meetings and the like.
We recognize that we need to diligently participate in the political process of our nation and state to safeguard your right to educate your children at home. We will strive to provide information on legislative actions affecting home schooling and encourage the membership to lobby legislators through letters, calls, demonstrations (lawful and peaceful) and whatever lawful means that may present themselves.
To enrich our members’ home schooling experience and to strengthen the home school movement, we encourage interaction with other regional support groups. We also encourage members’ participation and attendance at any statewide home schooling events.
To preserve the reputation of NJHSA, and the home school movement, care should be exercised when using the name of the North Jersey Home Schoolers Association, Inc., not to associate it with causes or events that are not directly sponsored by or specifically supported by NJHSA. Individuals, in expressing their personal opinions, should not presume to speak for NJHSA or its members.
The conduct of children and youth, involved in NJHSA events and activities, should enhance the image of home
schooling. Parents or chaperones will be held accountable for the children’s behavior. Children and youth must show appropriate respect for adults and each other as well as for one another’s personal property and belongings. This includes care and respect for the property of any facility being used or visited (a church, home, etc.).
NJHSA seeks to have all practices, events, activities and publications be in keeping with whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8) in order that whatever (we) do, whether in word or deed, (we) do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Col. 3:17).