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Attorney Michael P. Farris, Esq.:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Farris, Michael P. "Mike"

Purcellville, Virginia (VA)  
United States of America (US)
Website(s) Mike Farris on HSLDA
Keynote PresentationsChristian Home Education Fellowship of Alabama (CHEF of AL) 20th Annual Home School Convention and Curriculum Fair (2008)
2012 Annual Mississippi Home Educator's Spring Conference (MHEA-MS) (2012, MS)
2011 IAHE 26th Annual Home Educators Convention (2011, IN)
Pacific Homeschool SuperConference (HSLDA/CHEA Convention) (2011, CA)
2011 Inland Northwest Homeschool Conference (2011, WA)
20th Annual Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME) Convention (2010, ME)
2009 MPE Conference & Curriculum Fair (2009, MO)
2009 MPE Conference & Curriculum Fair (Keynote Address) (2009, KS)
2009 Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators Conference (MACHE) (2009, MN)
21st Annual NDHSA Convention (2009, ND)
2009 SW Florida Homeschool Conference (2009, FL)
XXV Annual CHEA Convention (2008, CA)
CHEF Home School Convention and Curriculum Fair (2008, AL)
Featured Presentations2012 Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State Convention (CHOIS) (2012, ID)
2012 Annual Georgia Home Education Association's Conference (GHEA) (2012, GA)
2011 Home Educators Association of Virginia State Convention (2011, VA)
2011 Central Oklahoma Homeschool Convention (2011, OK)
2008 Annual Georgia Home Education Association's Conference (GHEA) (2008, GA)
2007 Illinois Christian Home Educator's Annual State Convention (ICHE) (2007, IL)
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Reaping the Benefits of Our American Heritage:  Mike Farris discusses how America's principles of morality, liberty, and self-government are under attack. He explores ways that we can restore these three essential values so the future generation can continue to enjoy their benefits.

Home Schooling Fathers
Even busy executives with 10 children like Mike can and should take part in home schooling--not just in teaching, but in supporting their wives.

Real Life Courtship
Mike shares the biblical vision for courtship, its value over traditional dating, plus what he has learned through the experience of his three oldest daughters' courtships and marriages.

The Joshua Generation: The Future Impact of Today's Homeschoolers
The first generation of homeschoolers has accomplished a great deal in seeing that families take charge of education. But homeschooling is 25 done for a purpose—to train a generation to do even mightier things. How can we assure that our children become the Joshua generation?

Teaching Your Children the Constitution
Mike Farris discusses the importance of knowing the content and purpose of the founding documents of our country, and how that can impact our interpretation of issues today.

Parental Rights: It's Now Or Never!
Hear how the Supreme Court and our nation’s lower courts are failing to hold parental rights to the same legal standard as fundamental rights like speech and press, and how European court decisions on children’s rights are influencing our U.S. judicial system. Mike Farris describes three threats to parental rights that involve the political right, political left, and international law, and proposes a solution that will be the battle of the century for home schoolers and other pro-family forces.

Homeschooling Freedoms: Past, Present, and Future
Mike Farris relates some of his personal “war stories” from fighting for homeschooling freedoms during the past 20 years. He also discusses the question, “If it’s legal in all 50 states, why are there still problems?”

The Coming Attack on Homeschooling From the Legal Elites (AKA The Third Wave of Homeschool Persecution)
I recently did legal research on all law review articles written about homeschooling in the last five or so years. Initially I was shocked by the significant number of articles on this topic. (Over 100 law review articles cite Home School Legal Defense Association by name.) Then my shock turned to outrage as I read the articles. With limited exception, these articles are written by law professors or law review members who advocate increasing regulation of homeschooling across the board. Even more alarming was the reason given for wanting to regulate homeschooling. The purpose of schooling includes mandatory instruction in tolerance—these articles claim. And they conclude that Christian homeschoolers deny the value of tolerance—as they define tolerance. Because we teach our children that Jesus is the only way to God we necessarily deny the validity of other religions. If we said that Jesus is the way to God for us, that is barely tolerable but when we say that “no man comes unto the Father” but by Him, we have conclusively proven that we are intolerant. The first and second wave of attacks on homeschooling were essentially based on lies. You won’t succeed academically. We proved them wrong. Your kids won’t be socialized. We proved them wrong. You will teach your kids that Christianity is the only true religion. This attack is true. Of all people I know, we are the most committed group I have ever met who believes in religious freedom for everyone. But we do not believe that the government can mandate us to teach our children that all roads to God are equally valid. And that is exactly what they want as these series of articles make clear. My talk will detail the thinking of the legal elites in a very approachable presentation that will astonish and motivate your audience. And then I will present a plan of action.

The Spiritual Impact of Educational Choices
The best and most effective opportunity to win large numbers of Americans to Christ is found in our children. Based on the research of George Barna, Michael Farris presents homeschooling as the very best method to accomplish this. Church leaders are challenged to wake up to the spiritual damage occurring in their church’s children via public education. Parents are encouraged to make sure that the spiritual opportunity presented by homeschooling is not squandered.

Teaching Your Children the Constitution (AKA Helping Your Family Become Constitutionally Literate)
Michael Farris discusses the importance of knowing the content and purpose of the founding documents of our country, and how that can impact our interpretation of issues today.

The Spiritual Power of a Mother
Have you ever wondered how Samuel could remember the prayer of his mother when she sent him off to be trained by Eli? Hannah is just one example of a mother who dramatically impacted the life of her child by her prayer, her protection, her instruction, and her overcoming spirit. These uplifting stories should encourage all parents – but especially mothers – as we sacrifice to homeschool our children.

Restoring American Values

From Tyndale to Madison: The Battle for the Bible and the Foundation of American Liberty

Homeschooling Large Families


Michael P.'s Achievements
  • Homeschooling father of ten.
  • Chairman and co-founder: Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
  • Attorney since 1983: Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
  • Founding president and Chancellor: Patrick Henry College
  • Author The Future of Home Schooling: A New Direction for Value-based Home Education
  • Author: The Spiritual Power of a Mother: Encouragement for the Home Schooling Mom
  • Author: The Home Schooling Father: How You Can Play a Decisive Role in Your Child's Success
  • Author: What a Daughter Needs From Her Dad: How a Man Prepares His Daughter for Life
  • Author: From Tyndale to Madison: How the Death of an English Martyr Led to the American Bill of Rights
  • Author: The Joshua Generation: Restoring the Heritage of Christian Leadership
  • Author: Forbid Them Not: A Novel
  • Author: Anonymous Tip: A Novel
  • Author: Guilt by Association : A Novel
  • Author: Constitutional law for Christian students: Original documents and decisions of the United States Supreme Court
  • Radio host: Home School Heartbeat
Farris's Bio

Michael Farris is married to Vickie Farris.

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