This month I want to take some time out to honor a homeschool pioneer, Barbara Massa. Mrs. Massa went home to her reward on April 23. Her obituary read “Barbara Massa, 90, NJ home-schooling pioneer” and she truly was a pioneer. Mrs. Massa’s legal fight began the homeschool movement and paved the way for home schooling in New Jersey in 1962. When Mrs. Massa took her three older children out of school and decided to teach them at home, she had a high school education and relied completely on books from the library to teach them the “basic fundamentals.”
Of course, Pequannock officials, where she lived at the time, charged her and her husband “with violating New Jersey's compulsory education law”. Her case was in the courts for five years! “In State v. Massa, the court held that in educating a child at home, parents were required only to show that ‘the instruction was academically equivalent to that provided in the local public school.’ The case helped shape New Jersey policy on home schooling and is referenced on the Department of Education website.”
To add a feather in her cap, two of her children became attorneys and another became an actuary. What we enjoy in New Jersey is all thanks to Barbara Massa. Today, I want to personally commemorate her life by recognizing this hero.
I want to also thank all of you who attended the convention this year! You will be receiving a letter and survey within the week. Once you receive the survey, please fill it out and give us your opinion and honest answers. I want to encourage you to give us any ideas that can help ENOCH in the upcoming years. We will have a drawing once all the surveys are returned and the winner will receive free family admission to the 2015 convention!
Thank you all again!
President, ENOCH of NJ
Quotes are taken from NorthJersey.com, May 15, 2014
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