According to the Associated Press, the coronavirus pandemic has led to a substantial increase in children attending school at home, and this number has doubled in just six months.
A report issued by the U.S. Census Bureau in March stated that by September 2020, the proportion of families with their children at home school rose to 11%, up from 5.4% six months ago.
The family gave various reasons for switching to homeschooling. Some people say their children have special educational needs, while other families seek faith-based courses, while others say they feel that their local schools are flawed. However, usually, due to the pandemic, families temporarily try to go to school at home and find it beneficial to their children.
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“This is one of the silver linings of the pandemic – I don’t think we would choose to go to school at home otherwise,” said Danielle King of Randolph, Virginia. Her 7-year-old daughter Zoe was in a flexible one-on-one meeting. Grow strong with help. -An instruction. Her courses include literature, anatomy, and even archeology, and she gets active through outdoor hiking to find fossils.
Black families saw the largest increase; their homeschooling rate rose from 3.3% in the spring of 2020 to 16.1% in the fall.
When the pandemic occurred, the parents of one of the families, Alena and Robert Brown of Austin, Texas, had three children in elementary school. After trying virtual learning, the couple chose to try homeschooling with Catholic-oriented courses offered by Seton Home Study School, which serves approximately 16,000 students across the country.
The Browns plan to continue homeschooling in the coming year, thanks to their ability to customize courses according to their children’s unique needs. 11-year-old Jacoby was diagnosed with narcolepsy and sometimes needs naps during the day; Riley, 10 years old, has been tested for academic talent; 9-year-old Felicity has learning disabilities.
“I don’t want my children to become a statistic, and not to realize their full potential,” said Robert Brown, a former teacher who is now engaged in consulting. “We hope they have a very solid understanding of their beliefs.”
Arlena Brown, who gave birth to her fourth child 10 months ago, worked as a preschool teacher before the pandemic. She said that homeschooling is a rewarding adventure.
“In the beginning, the biggest challenge was to keep myself out of school and understand that there is a lot of freedom to go to school at home,” she said. “We can do it quickly or slowly as needed.”
Race played a key role in another African-American family’s decision to let their 12-year-old son Dorian go to school at home.
Angela Valentine said that in a public school in the suburbs of Chicago, Dorian was often the only black student in his class, and was sometimes treated unfairly by the administrators and because other children no longer played with him. And feel frustrated.
As the pandemic eased, the family decided to let Dorian stay at home and teach him there, using a curriculum provided by black family educators across the country for everyone related to African American history and culture. Subject provides content.
“I feel the burden of transformation and make sure we make the right choices,” Valentine said. “But before we really adapt to his learning environment, we will continue this journey of homeschooling.”
Charmaine Williams, who lives in Baldwin, a suburb of St. Louis, is also using the National Black Home Educators course because she is homeschooling with her 10-year-old son Justin and her 6-year-old daughter Janelle.
Williams said that after school officials complained about Justin’s behavior, she and her husband tried homeschooling for Justin twice. Now-with the new curriculum and supporting network-they are more confident in choosing it as a long-term choice.
Williams said: “In school, children must follow a certain pattern. Compared with being free to be themselves at home, there is bullying and devaluation.”
“We have no turning back now,” she added. “The pandemic is a blessing-an opportunity to take ownership of a child’s education.”
According to Joyce Burges, co-founder and project director of National Black Home Educators, this 21-year-old organization had about 5,000 members before the pandemic, and now has more than 35,000.
Burges said many new families are experiencing difficulties, including being unable to access the Internet, which limits their children’s ability to benefit from virtual learning during the pandemic.
She said: “So they only believe in their home and the children with them.” “Now they see the future-see what their children can do.”
For some families, the shift to homeschooling is affected by the special needs of their children. This is the case with Jennifer Osgood of Fairfax, Virginia. Her 7-year-old daughter Lily has Down syndrome.
After observing Lily’s improvement in reading and arithmetic at home during the pandemic, Osgood was convinced that homeschooling was her best choice for the future.
She made the same decision for her 12-year-old son Noah, who disliked the distance courses offered by public schools in the spring of 2020 and taught himself at home throughout the 2020-21 school year. It’s going so well, they hope to continue for at least a few more years.
“He told me that he learned a lot more at home than at school,” Osgood recalled. “He said,’The school is too messy-we haven’t done much in any particular class. Here, I sit down, you tell me what to do, and I’ll finish it in a few minutes.'”
Heather Pray of Phoenix, Maryland, said that for her 7-year-old son Jackson, who has autism, homeschooling has been a huge success. The family changed because Jackson struggled with the virtual learning provided by his school during the pandemic.
“My son is doing very well (at home school), even if he only has two hours of homework a day,” Pray said. “I gave him piano lessons and taught him reading.”
Pray also studies at home with her daughter Hayley, who is about to enter 7th grade and has been attending a Christian school.
“I don’t know how things will develop-I just plunged in,” Pray said. “I think God is holding my hand.”
Gonzalez from Appomattox, Virginia, is a devout Catholic. After their Catholic school in Lynchburg was closed in 2020 due to a decline in enrollment, they chose Let the three sons of 9, 13 and 15 years old go to school at home.
They are using Seton Home Study School’s Catholic-focused curriculum, which Jennifer Gonzalez, the boy’s mother, described as rigorous but well-organized.
“My kids just did a great job,” she said. “We can go home and be together.”