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Social Justice: Righting an Injustice

While homeschooling may not be the first thing you think of when you think of social justice, it is one of its fundamental elements.

In the 1980s, my dad was one of the pioneers of homeschooling in America. In those early days, homeschooling was barely legal, or even illegal depending on where you lived and who was interpreting the law. My dad, Steve Demme, started lobbying in Georgia, connecting people and working to get the laws changed. Now, 30…
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Open Their Eyes

Whether it’s an article on Facebook or a Youtube video that goes viral, social media enables us to stay informed on the issues facing us and our world.

March 3, 1991. Rodney King. In a day that will live in infamy, African-American Rodney King was beaten with batons by Caucasian police officers after a high-speed car chase. The incident was videotaped by a witness named George Holliday and the footage was released by the media, causing an uproar and creating an atmosphere thick…
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Volunteer, Give, Advocate

As parents, it is important to recognize that while not all kids will grow up to be social activists, everyone has a part to play in helping others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

In June 2012, a debate was held at the historic Oxford Union on the topic on whether “social media has successfully reinvented social activism.” An article was then written by Mark Kersten, one of the debaters who argued that social media has not successfully reinvented social activism. The article begins by saying: The relationship between…
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People, Policies, and Your Voice

Social justice is about embracing humanity and defending those who are weak and vulnerable.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1.1% of the US adult population suffers from schizophrenia. This small percentage represents a tiny fraction of Americans. Now in case you were thinking that 1.1% is not a lot, it should be noted that this means that approximately 2.4 million American adults suffer from schizophrenia. Compared…
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