Since covid started, and now with critical race theory being pushed in the schools, homeschooling is really taking off with many Americans. Before covid, between 3% and 4% of American children were homeschooled. By the end of 2020, that percentage had more than doubled, to almost 10%, and around 80% of parents who tried homeschooling for the first time said that they found it satisfactory. Of the parents who didn’t take the leap, around 60% said that they were considering homeschooling, with 30% saying that they were seriously considering it.
When it comes to education and homeschooling, the earth has shifted on its axis, Thank God. You can learn more here: https://www.nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling/
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The statistics sited in this post were noted in my mind from some article I read online, but I forgot to copy the link, and then when I went back to look for the article, I couldn’t find it. So, I copied and pasted a different link to a different article. But I really don’t think anyone would dispute the statistics I have sited. Homeschooling is taking off, and not a minute too soon.
Homeschooling is better than what our kids are offered now- propaganda worthy of Pravda- but it still isn’t a permanent solution to educating them by the professionals my generation was fortunate to work with. My parents were certainly well-educated but neither of them could teach me trig or calculus nor would they have had the perspective to teach me the nuances of Shakespeare or American history! Besides, my father traveled a lot for business and my mother had a household to run.
My brother solved the problem by sending his kids to an affordable parochial school but that is hardly an option for everybody. I vote for charter schools that hire professional teachers and allow parents to move their federally funded money. This eliminates the kids who wreak havoc in the classroom (which is truly the problem) because obviously their parents have not emphasized the importance of a good education. Also, anyone remember the PTA which allowed parents an involvement in their kids’ curriculum?
As for the troublemakers, let them drop out and see how quickly the cities re-fund their police depts. Under no circumstances should these thugs be allowed to corrupt opportunities for the well intentioned. I will defend the teaching profession to a certain extent because my mother was one; they are not trained to be parole officers and should be permitted to deal with students who want to learn.
As for the recent stories regarding teachers who promote CRT, again, parents need to jerk their progeny out of expensive private schools and start voting for candidates who support charters.
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“Homeschooling is better than what our kids are offered now- propaganda worthy of Pravda- but it still isn’t a permanent solution to educating them by the professionals my generation was fortunate to work with.”
I don’t know. Homeschooled kids consistently do better academically and in every other way than most kids who go to regular schools. They also seem to learn more in less time-because they can go at their own pace. Homeschooled kids with parents who never graduated high school do better on standardized tests than most kids who go to regular schools; homeschooled kids who have parents who have been trained as teachers don’t do any better than other homeschooled kids.
There will always be something that parents can’t teach, especially with older kids, but that’s ok. The kids can learn on their own by reading books, or the parents can seek out specialized tutors-or the older kids can take a class at a community college.
Most if not all of the Founding Fathers were homeschooled, I am pretty sure. There are so many good things about homeschooling, I see no reason why it shouldn’t be a permanent solution.
I agree that home-schooled kids do well academically (my cousin taught FIVE), but it isn’t always feasible for the parents who more often than not need two incomes.
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According to what I have read, home schooled kids do better academically and in every conceivable way: their mental and emotional health is better, they are more involved in their communities both as kids and as adults, and-this is huge-they are more likely to share their parents’ values when they become adults.
You are right, of course, that many parents need two incomes-at least right now, and there will always be parents who, for whatever reason, can’t home school. There will always be a need for schools, but wouldn’t it be nice if all education from K-12 was either home schooling or school choice?
A big part of the reason why many families need two incomes is education: they are either paying for private school, or paying through the roof on property taxes for decent public schools, and then after that they are trying to pay for college. This whole thing is a ridiculous scam.
A very good friend who grew up in downtown Detroit attended the one and only charter school in that hood. Graduated summa from Michigan and rcvd a PHD from MIT. It wasn’t only about affirmative action; he was truly smart and motivated and ended up on the cover of Forbes as one of the top 100 successful entrepreneurs in 2001.
I think we need to push the charter schools and allow parents to make the choice of home schooling.
Both options are preferable to public schools in the ghettos which is truly what we are talking about. My public high school and AP classes prepared me well for college but I lived in a community that could afford to fund the best teachers/ curriculums. My parents didn’t feel it was necessary to spend the money to send me to one of the many fine private schools in my part of town.
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