Homeschooling explodes, private schools try to stay afloat

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

coronavirus (illustration)The spread of COVID-19 across the United States has turned life upside down and many parents are attempting to help their children adjust with a home-based education or return to a private school setting.

In a RealClearPolitics poll conducted in May, 40 percent of parents said they are more likely to choose homeschooling or virtual schooling once the lockdowns are over. That survey included an even split among Democrats and Republicans (45-43 percent), and blacks represented 50 percent of the respondents.

In the fast-growing state of Texas, a whopping 25,000 students withdrew from public schools in 2018 alone to pursue a home-based education.

So many North Carolina parents were planning to homeschool they crashed a public education website, a TV news station reported last month. 

'Rehumanize' mathJonathan Covey of Texas Values tells OneNewsNow there are more reasons for parents to move to homeschooling beyond the virus and lockdowns.

"Some parents have the desire to educate their children (and) pass on their faith,” he says, “and they have more ability and flexibility to do that when they're homeschooling their kids.”

Homeschooling is also exploding because many parents are learning about the far-left influence in a secular, public-school classroom, where the public is reminded every Christmas season that traditional hymns are no longer welcomed but students in Tennessee are instructed to learn the Shahada. 

The term “government schools” is being expressed more often as parents learn, for example, that school administrators and teachers view them as the enemy of progress in the battle to influence their own children over graphic sex-ed lessons and pro-LGBT propaganda, the “racist” history of Western-based math, and “restorative justice” and “human rights” lessons at the Social Justice Academy.

Gender Unicorn (sex unknown)Homeschooling families are familiar with numerous faith-based curriculums to choose from such as Abeka, an old standard affiliated with Pensacola Christian College, and the “BJU Press” materials from Bob Jones University.

At the website homeschoolmadesimple.com, its list of other options includes ACE/PACE, which uses workbooks for each subject, and a secular program known as K12, among others.

Keeping private schools afloat

It has been nearly six months since the virus ran teachers and students out of classrooms, and now Congress is hearing from parents who are demanding more freedom for their children and more control over their education choices.

Tommy Schultz of American Federation for Children, a school-choice advocate group, says AFC is urging Congress to help more children attend private schools if they wish.

desks in high school classroomTwo U.S. senators, Tim Scott and Lamar Alexander, have introduced the School Choice Now Act to make that possible.

"We're urging Congress,” Schultz says, “to take the opportunity to expand educational options by doing school choice at the federal level while also providing relief for private school families, especially lower income families."

Like businesses impacted by COVID-19, Schultz says private schools have been affected, too, and if they close their doors public schools would be forced to absorb millions of students.

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