About

Produced by Home School Legal Defense Association, Home School Heartbeat is an informative two-minute daily radio program which draws upon HSLDA’s considerable involvement and front line experience in the home schooling movement.

Home School Heartbeat began broadcasting in May of 1991 and is currently airing on over 600 affiliates nationwide. Programs address a wide variety of topics—educational, legal and spiritual—all of which are of interest to any parent, whether they have made the decision to home school or are considering home education for their children.

By choosing to air Home School Heartbeat, your local stations can become a fundamental link in the advocacy network for home schooling.

Our Hosts


Michael Farris, JD, LLM
HSLDA Chairman and Chancellor of Patrick Henry College

Michael Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of both organizations.

Farris is a constitutional appellate litigator who has served as lead counsel in the United States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of 13 states.

He has been a leader on Capitol Hill for over 30 years and is widely known for his leadership on homeschooling, religious freedom, and the preservation of American sovereignty.

At Patrick Henry College, Farris teaches constitutional law and public international law, and coaches PHC’s Moot Court team, which has won seven national championships.

A prolific author, Farris has received a number of awards, including the Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship by the Heritage Foundation and recognition as one of the “Top 100 Faces in Education for the 20th Century” by Education Week magazine.

Mike and Vickie Farris have ten children and 17 grandchildren.

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President of HSLDA

Michael Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife, Vicki, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members. Mike grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas, where he played basketball and majored in business administration. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served for three years before attending law school at the University of San Diego.

In 1972 he was admitted to the bar in California. Since then he has also been admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. He is currently licensed in Virginia, California, and Washington, D.C.

Mike and his family began homeschooling because their 5-year-old flunked kindergarten. This was quite a disappointment to Mike in light of the fact that he was preparing this child to be president of the United States by starting his education as early as possible.

His family’s life changed drastically when he heard a radio program in 1981 that introduced him to the idea of homeschooling. When they started homeschooling, they began homeschooling one year at a time to meet the academic and social needs of their children. After spending lots of time around people like Mike Farris, he became convinced that he had been called to use his gifts and talents in the legal profession to assist homeschoolers who were being prosecuted because they didn’t hold a teacher’s certificate or couldn’t satisfy the school district that they could competently teach their children.

Mike came to HSLDA full-time in 1987. He has served as president of the organization since 2001. In addition to serving as president, he also is a contact lawyer for California, Nevada and Puerto Rico. All of Mike’s children are now grown, and three of the four were homeschooled. The most enjoyable part of Mike’s job is going to homeschool conferences and meeting what he calls America’s greatest heroes: homeschooling moms.

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Call: 866.338.8614
Email: heartbeat@hslda.org

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