In Memory of
Colorado Homeschool Freedom Fighter
It is with a sad and heavy heart I announce the passing of my dear friend, Treon Elaine Goossen, on May 9, 2016. Not your normal homeschool mom, Treon co-authored our Colorado Homeschool Statute back in the 1980’s when homeschooling was illegal. Parents had to be approved to homeschool on a case-by-case basis. If they were denied (frequently and arbitrarily), they had no choice but put their child in public school. Either that or break the law, homeschool their children anyway, under constant threat of being taken to court or jail, complete with escape plans of hiding in cornfields or basements when the truant officer showed up. Treon became fed up with this situation and decided to do something about it. She worked diligently alongside former Gov. Bill Owens, homeschool parent Rory Schneeberger and others to carefully craft the law that we have today. They worked hard to get it passed, watched it fail, and then tried again.
When it finally became law in 1987, Treon found the work had only just begun. It was immediately apparent that lawmakers and special interests were determined to add regulations, water it down or quash it altogether. Somebody needed to keep an eye on them, be our legislative ‘watchdog’. That someone became Treon. For the past 28 years she’s acted as our eyes, ears and voice in the state legislature. She attended committee meetings, testified at house and senate hearings, defended parents in court, and kept us notified about the dangers lurking on the horizon. Not a year has passed without at least one. They just can’t leave our law alone.
Rocky Mountain Education Connections wouldn’t have existed without Treon. This web site wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t be here, and you may not even be considering homeschool as a viable option. She taught me everything I know so I could teach you. She dedicated her life to defending our rights so you could have this educational choice for your children today. She was Colorado’s Homeschool Warrior. Our very own Freedom Fighter. We owe her so much.
Treon Elaine Goossen 1954-2016
Treon’s extensive medical expenses has left her family in thousands of dollars in debt. In memory of this amazing woman and and in thanks for the homeschool freedom you now enjoy, please consider donating
a little something. Anything will help.
View Treon’s obituary.
Treon was honored on the Senate Floor, and Christian Home Educators of Colorado published a tribute to her.
The Homeschool Legal Defense Association also honored her.
An interview with Treon in in a 2012 Westword article.
Treon writes about her greatest fear for current homeschoolers.
Watch her in action in 2014.
And again in 2015.
to Relaxed Homeschooling and Unschooling in Colorado — Made Simple. RMEC is the original, the only, statewide unschooling site in the state. I’m Cindy Englan Wentz, your host and veteran unschooling mom of two grown, comically messy, introspective, home-owning, college-educated sons. We began our journey in public school, with one child labeled “gifted” and the other “slow”. In 1993 I pulled them out of 5th and 1st grades, as scared and lost and confused as a parent can be. Within three years the oldest was in college. I launched RMEC and started counseling new homeschoolers. My “slow” child began college at age 16. He received his BS from the University of Colorado, with Honors.
The Colorado Homeschool Law in a Nutshell
Do our legal requirements leave you with more questions than answers? Wondering where and how to start? Here’s the most in-depth and comprehensive FAQ you’ll ever find on what Colorado’s legal requirements are (and aren’t). Best of all, it’s in plain English.
The Rookie Workshop for New Homeschoolers (coming soon)
My honest, down-to-earth how-to guide for new homeschooling parents.
Cindy is available for private phone consultations.
Colorado Homeschool Law in a Nutshell
was such a relief to read through and finally understand what was going on in just a few minutes. Before reading I was pretty confused, not at the overall idea, but at some of the important details. After reading I paid Cindy for a few minutes of her time as well; the money spent on the e-book and time I can honestly say is some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I’m so happy & relaxed about home-school now, the book was amazing and she made perfect recommendations. We only found it a few days ago and we’re 100% taken care of now, thank you Cindy!
— Micah and Teresa in Colorado
The Empty One (The Fallen Conviction Book 1)
by Matthew Stanley. What happens to an unschooled kid who refuses to read until age 10? Why, he just might grow up to become a published author. Yes, this is my son. And yes, this is an unabashed plug for his first book.
A Miracle On Trial: A Critical Analysis of The Mathematical Miracle of the Quran
And that same unschooled, un-pushed, unhurried child could then write a second book. Non-fiction.
Chat With Denver Metro Unschoolers
All you need is a user name and password. Easy-peasey.
Is Your Bank Supporting Common Core? There’s Now an App That’ll Tell You.
Before opening a new bank account, filling up your tank, shopping for groceries, purchasing a computer, booking a flight or visiting a drug store, find out which political causes those companies are spending your money on.
Filtering and Surveillance Should Not Be Considered Protection
There is no free lunch. Or “free computers”. Take a look at what kind of tracking apps those online-school-at-home academies are installing on your kid’s device.
A Student Critiques What She Calls “Blended Delusions”
“In my opinion, technology’s place is not in the classroom, at least not for the most part. Sometimes it is necessary, but most of the time, it only serves as a distraction and offers activities that inhibit productive, successful learning.” — A 2015 high school senior.
If an adult is reinforced for behaving appropriately we call it recognition.
If a child is reinforced for behaving appropriately we call it bribery.
If an adult talks and laughs we call it socializing.
If a child talks and laughs we call it misbehaving.
If an adult writes in a book we call it making notes.
If a child writes in a book we call it destroying property.
If an adult sticks to something we call it perseverance.
If a child sticks to something we call it stubborness.
If an adult is not paying attention we call it preoccupation.
If a child is not paying attention we call it attention deficit.
If an adult hits a child we call it discipline.
If a child hits a child we call it fighting.
Please know that I only link to sites, articles and products that I personally know or have checked out thoroughly. I don’t link to “junk sites” or those Johnny-Come-Lately Mega-Corps who could care less about homeschooling … but have discovered we’re “a market” and only want to sell us something. If you have a negative experience, let me know and I’ll check it out. — Cindy