OCHEC Why Attend Capitol Day?

 Why Attend Capitol Day?
by Cindy Nicolai

To let homeschooling families shine their light before the legislators and government workers of this state:
It is important to give legislators and other workers in the Capitol building an opportunity to see and meet real homeschooling families. If people working in our government never meet homeschoolers, it is difficult for them to relate to us as real people with genuine concerns.

To bring a blessing to those who serve in our state government:
Our Oklahoma legislators are at work before, during, and after the close of each legislative session. In his letter to the Romans, Paul tells us that they are appointed by God to govern us. Whether we agree with the decisions of our representatives or not, it is important for us to show Christian love to them and express to them our sincere appreciation for all they do.

To briefly share our joys and concerns: 
Our legislators need to meet and visit with honoring, polite, interested homeschooling families to hear how homeschooling is benefitting these families. They also need to visit with homeschoolers to learn their concerns and know how best to represent them.

To learn more about the working of our legislature:
Homeschool Day tours of the capitol give families a close-up look at the historical and present-day seat of state government. We get a glimpse of government work in progress. A brief study or review of Oklahoma government before arriving at the Capitol will enhance this valuable experience.

To educate our legislators on the value of parent-directed, privately-funded home education as a viable alternative to public education:
Many of our senators and representatives have never met a true homeschool family, and do not know much about parent-directed, privately-funded home education and discipleship. The information they have comes from many sources, such as the Department of Education or teachers’ unions, which may not present home education in a favorable light.