Black families turning to homeschooling at fastest rate, but why? Tuesday, February 24, Michael F. According to the National Home Education Research Institutethere are approximatelyblack students currently homeschooling in the U.
I never dreamed we would become homeschoolers. I wanted my kids integrated and socialized. I wanted their eyes opened to the realities of the world. I wanted the values we taught at home put to the test in the real world.
But necessity drove me to consider homeschooling for my 2nd and 4th graders, and so I timidly attended a home school parent meeting last spring. Surprisingly it was full of doctors, lawyers, former public school teachers, and other professionals.
These were not the stay-at-home-moms in long skirts that I expected. The face of homeschooling is changing. We are not all religious extremists or farmers, and our kids are not all overachieving academic nerds without social skills. Most states even provide free online public schools, known as virtual schools or virtual homeschools for K12 students.
An information site called College Home provides some useful information. For a year I was afraid to tell any of my work colleagues that we were homeschooling. People would stereotype me as a right-wing kook. I feared the whole year would be an academic failure and emotional nightmare.
I was so unsure about this homeschooling experiment that I even kept a spare school uniform in case I had to send my kids back to school at the last moment. This week our kids are finishing their standardized curriculum and we will spend the rest of the school year doing enrichment activities.
Alas, I think we can call this success. With four kids in four locations last year including a newborn at homeschool drop-off and pick-up took four hours, on a good day. Now we spend about four hours per day homeschooling, instead of four hours in the car. Which choice would you make: Few families can afford for all three, and most can only afford one.
As educational debts loom larger for each successive generation, this financial crunch will only get worse. They are not pigeon-holed and tracked as gifted, average, or special needs.
We have a lot of fun supplementing material through YouTube and online educational sites like Dreambox, Khan Academy, and others. Our kids do about half of their math online. Need speech therapy, the gifted program, or remedial academics?
Homeschooled kids are still eligible for all these services. Your kids can even join high school sports teams once they are old enough. Our kids are still in sports and scouts sponsored by their old schools. As a mom of school-aged kids, I felt like my role as parent had been diminished to mini-van driver, schedule-keeper, cook and disciplinarian.
I was not born, raised and educated to spend my days like this.The rise of homeschooling, of course, reflects broaden-ing dissatisfaction with formal education in the United States.
From its modest beginnings in one-room schoolhous-es, American education has grown into a gargantuan govern-ment enterprise. Today, about 50 million students attend Homeschooling: Back to the Future? The rise of secularism has attacked long-taught subjects of education. This is because public schools have deemed a Christian worldview as unintelligible or inappropriate due to America.
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In New York City last year, 2, children were being homeschooled, up from 2, in – Homeschooling is defined as instruction in an educational program outside of established schools.
Homeschooling dates back to the 's with a counter-culture movement that soon fizzled out. The movement was rekindled in the 's after the Supreme Court upheld the decision that removing school prayer was not unconstitutional.
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