Mike Donnelly | Episode 017

Change the World: Go Home and Love Your Family

episode description

As Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize, she was asked, “What can we do to contribute to world peace?” Her reply, “Go home and love your family.” In this vital conversation with Mike Donnelly, attorney and homeschool dad of seven, we discuss how homeschooling builds strong families, which builds strong churches, strong cultures, and strong countries. We must remember our history and fight the battle to preserve homeschool freedom for our children’s children.

About the guest

As HSLDA Senior Counsel, Mike Donnelly serves members in seven states, and as Director of Global Outreach he coordinates HSLDA’s support of homeschooling freedom around the world. He is also an adjunct professor of government at Patrick Henry College, where he teaches constitutional law. Mike saw combat as a cavalry officer in the United States Army during the first Persian Gulf War. Before coming to HSLDA, he worked in private legal practice and founded a nationally ranked internet marketing firm. He holds a juris doctor with honors from the Boston University School of Law as a Paul J. Liacos Scholar and an LLM with merit in Constitutional and Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics. He is a member of six federal and state bars. Mike is an internationally published writer and frequent speaker on homeschooling, educational freedom, parental rights, and human rights. Mike and his wife Patricia are homeschooling parents of seven children.

Things you'll learn from this episode

  • Homeschooling presents the very best that can be offered to children, providing them an environment that is academically challenging, emotionally and physically safe, and spiritually led. 
  • Homeschooling is good for kids, it’s good for families, it’s good for communities, and it’s good for countries.
  • In the U.S., we have more homeschooled children than the rest of the world combined. Internationally, there are many battles going on for homeschool freedom. There are whole countries where homeschooling is not allowed or is being repressed. They look to us in the United States for inspiration. 
  • Parents who are homeschooling today are beneficiaries of the battle for homeschool freedom that pioneers of the modern homeschool movement fought. We need to be very vigilant to be prepared to defend our freedom.
  • “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan


At BJU Press Homeschool, we’re committed to providing children an education from a biblical worldview that is academically sound and challenges them to advance, think critically, and live like Christ. This type of education is not often possible in public schools because of the number of children taught in a classroom, a difference in worldview, and peer and societal pressure to conform. Homeschooling allows parents to instruct and disciple their children without daily fighting messages from an opposing worldview taught in the classroom. And with tuition costs and fees for private schooling or tutoring, homeschooling may be the only option for parents who are concerned for their children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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