When I began transforming my Project XQ contest submission from imaginary "better" American school design to easily accessible, sustainable and global education framework, I had urbanites, diverse, multi-cultural, and African-American families in mind. With recent governmental shifts in public education policy, homeschooling is increasingly more attractive and in some cases, the only alternative to educating their children.
Homeschooling in the United States has been on the rise, especially in the African-American community. While most of the motivations behind the African-American parents homeschooling their children are similar to the ones shared by homeschool parents in general, there are a few which are more relevant to them as African-Americans.
Many African-American parents are pulling out their kids from the public school system and teaching them at home. Studies prove that mostly Black boys and girls are being failed by the school system and therefore the parents have decided to homeschool them as an alternative. Bullying and racial discrimination are other reasons. Even parents who have their students enrolled in private schools have noticed disparity between the way their children are approached, assessed and even reprimanded in comparison to their White counterparts. Another concern for most progressive parents, but especially for African-Americans is the lack of global-mindedness and multi-cultural references, perspectives and resources available in most core curriculums. Compound that with over-crowding, antiquated teaching practices and lack of differentiation and it's no reason why homeschooling is a popular option.
On a positive note, research shows that the average test scores of homeschooled Black children are significantly higher than the ones in the public school system. Despite all of this, home/unschooling still gets a side-eye from the majority of African-American families. Here are the top 5 reasons why the modern African-American family should homeschool their children.
5. Financial considerations
A lot of black families do turn to private schools when they find local public school unacceptable. However, the situation is not much different in a private school. There is evidence that African-American children end up suffering from the same issues that plagued them in their public schools. Also, not everybody can afford private schools. The financial limitation which makes private schooling unattainable is yet another strong reason why black parents are opting to homeschool their children.
Homeschooling might not work for everybody but it is a great way of living and learning. It helps in developing stronger familial ties while accomplishing more academically than the conventional methods.
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