As a result of the pandemic, some parents are choosing to educate their children at home, even as schools prepare to restart in-person lessons. As a result of the pandemic, family life across the United States has been in upheaval since it began.
The percentage of families homeschooling their offspring had increased to 11% by Sept. 2020, up from 5.4% just six months before. According to the United States Census Bureau, household homeschooling rates had been stable at roughly 3.3% for several years prior to the epidemic.
Generally, parents attempted homeschooling on a temporary basis and found it useful for their children, according to The Associated Press. However, the detailed causes for this phenomenon differ among families since some parents are looking for a religion–based program. In contrast, others have children with specific learning needs or believe their local education system was unhelpful.
Homeschooling rates among black families increased the most, from 3.3% in the spring of 2020 to 16.1% in the autumn. For Hispanic households of any race, the percentage increased from 6.2% to 12.1%. For Asian families, it increased from 4.9% to 8.8%, while for non-Hispanic white households, it surged from 5.7% to 9.7%.
Danielle King, a parent from Randolph, Vermont said, “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic—I don’t think we would have chosen to homeschool otherwise.” Her 7-year-old daughter excelled with the flexible, one-on-one training, including literature, anatomy, and even archaeology and field trips to find fossils.
When the epidemic occurred, Arlena and Robert Brown of Austin, Texas, had three children in primary school. The pair decided to try homeschooling with a Catholic–based program supplied by Seton Home Study School, which supports around 16,000 learners worldwide, after testing with online education.
“I didn’t want my kids to become a statistic and not meet their full potential,” said the Texas father. “And we wanted them to have very solid understanding of their faith.”
Charmaine Williams is a parent from the St. Louis suburb of Baldwin. She teaches her 10-year-old son, Justin, and her 6-year-old daughter, Janel, at home, following the National Black Home Educators course.
After school administrators expressed concern about Justin’s behavior, Williams and her husband attempted homeschooling him twice before. However, they are now more confident in picking it as a lengthy choice, thanks to the new program and associated network of assistance.
Before the virus outbreak, the 21-year-old organization had roughly 5,000 members and today that number has increased over 35,000 participants, National Black Home Educators co-founder and program director Joyce Burges noted.
The specific demands of some children prompted some families’ decisions to homeschool. For example, Jennifer Osgood, a mother from Fairfax, Vermont, has a 7-year-old child with Down syndrome named Lily. Osgood is sure that homeschool education is the best choice for the future after noticing Lily’s development in reading and math while at home amid the epidemic.
Homeschooling has been a massive accomplishment for Heather Pray’s son, a 7-year-old boy with autism. Her child was having trouble with the online learning that his school offered during the pandemic, so the family from Phoenix, Maryland decided to change.
After their Catholic school in Lynchburg closed in 2020 owing to declining enrolment, the Gonzalez family from Appomattox, Virginia decided to homeschool their three sons, ages 9, 13, and 15, as ardent Catholics. “My kids have just excelled,” exclaimed Jennifer Gonzalez, the mother of three boys. “We’re able to be home and be together.”