History

Since our earliest beginnings, families, for various reasons, have taught their children at home. However in the late 1960s a deep well of public discontentment with the quality and nature of education produced two streams of families leaving the public school system; freethinkers who questioned all social institutions and Christians concerned with the social agenda and secularization of public schools.

As more families took this course of action, state and local school boards grew contentious, leading to the involvement of the courts and state legislatures. By 1981 national attention turned to North Georgia where the Roemhilds were arrested for teaching their children at home. It was a bad and heavy-handed affair resulting in conviction and nasty sentences.

In 1983 the GA Supreme Court overturned this decision, ruling the Georgia compulsory education law unconstitutionally vague in its definition of private schools, sending it back to the legislature for revision. Galvanized by these events, the Georgia families who quietly home schooled their children hoping to stay under the radar, and those in sympathy with their right to do so, organized under “Georgians for Freedom in Education” for the purpose of influencing the legislative process.

Throughout the 1984 general assembly, congressmen were lobbied, expert witnesses brought forth, rallies attended, and letters written, successfully resulting in our present compulsory education law. On the local level, the early 1980’s witnessed a handful of isolated families quietly (and fearfully) teaching their children at home. Drawn together by word of mouth in 1984 for legislative lobbying, and subsequently emboldened by our new law, these families began meeting together for fellowship, encouragement and sharing resources. The excellent testimony of these pioneers influenced and educated not only our elected officials and local educators, but also the larger community. The first home schooler to graduate in Douglas county was also the first granted unqualified admission to the University of West Georgia.

Much of the local favor we enjoy today was purchased by their diligence. In 1988 our local home school community encompassed most of West Georgia. Rapid growth made “pass-the-word” communication increasingly cumbersome, so the West Metro Home schooler was born. The free newsletter listing upcoming field trips, socials, workshops and curriculum information, served to connect area home schoolers, and facilitate the growth of local groups. But eventually sheer numbers demanded the group assume a higher level of organization.

In 1993 several families hammered out a declaration of purpose, statement of faith and numerous board policies and positions for the newly formed Douglas County Home Education Association (DCHEA). At that time the consensus was that while the leadership and majority of DCHEA members were believers, and its statement of faith biblical, DCHEA served to encourage all local home schoolers.

However, as our county’s population surged, becoming increasingly diverse, DCHEA faced the mounting difficulty of maintaining Christian distinctive and atmosphere with an influx of secular and non biblical home schoolers. As a result, the board accepted the HSLDA recommendation to reorganize as an explicitly Christian organization.

Wisdom’s Way Christian Home Educators emerged in 1997 and its volunteer board, coordinators and members maintain an extensive schedule of weekly, monthly and yearly activities to support the fellowship, recreation and learning needs of more than 150 families, and 500 children.

Despite the enormous growth and ministry expansion over many years, Wisdom’s Way Christian Home Educator’s core mission remains unchanged: to support local Christian parents in their endeavors to educate their children at home.