As many parents grapple with homebased learning during the virus pandemic, a new poll of American families finds growing support for home education.
American Federation for Children, which advocates for freedom-based education, is predictably cheering the RealClearPolitics survey that found 40 percent of parents are “more likely” to pursue homeschooling when the school doors reopen in thousands of public school districts.
The poll surveyed 626 parents to specifically ask about their own plans, and another 2,122 registered voters were asked their views about the effort to allow tax dollars to follow children to the school of their choice.
Parents were asked, “Are you more or less likely to enroll your son or daughter in a homeschool, neighborhood homeschool co-op, or virtual school once the lockdowns are over?”
The survey found 40.8 percent were more likely while 31.1 percent were less likely. The “more likely” parents included 46 percent who identified as Democrats.
Responding to the polling, AFC spokesman Walter Blanks says it was a “pretty shocking” statistic to see a large number of self-identified Democrats vocally supporting homeschooling their children.
Democrats in public office typically cheer and protect public education, demanding more spending and hiring more teachers, and the powerful, Democrat-allied teachers unions have been successful tying their own pay and benefits to student achievement.
In the second poll question, 2,122 respondents were asked about the “school choice” movement that would use their child’s tax dollars for education for a private school education.
“Generally speaking,” the question asked, “would you say you support or oppose the concept of school choice?”
A whopping 64 percent said they support it.
According to Blanks, parents have experienced approximately three months of what a homebased education looks like.
“Parents are looking to do this,” he says, “and to do this long-term because it's working."