Pandemic's impact on families' educational decisions

Monday, September 28, 2020
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homeschooling teensThe founder of an organization devoted to abolishing the civil government school system sees a silver lining in the midst of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

In a RealClearPolitics poll conducted in May, 40% of parents said they were more likely to choose homeschooling or virtual schooling once the lockdowns are over. OneNewsNow reported in August that 25,000 students in Texas had withdrawn from public schools in 2018 alone to pursue a home-based education – and in North Carolina, so many parents were planning to homeschool because of uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 that they crashed a public education website while seeking information in July 2019.

Kevin Novak is president of Deconstructing the Coliseum. He contends that with millions of parents reportedly opting to teach their children at home during the virus crisis, many of them are seeing what he considers the shortcomings and defects of America's public education system.


"I think [our education system] has grown even more sour in the last 20, 30 years," he tells OneNewsNow. "As I've grown older, I've seen it grow so much more liberal – and I think liberals are even beginning to see the rotten fruit coming from it."

And while his organization seeks the abolition of the American public education system, Novak admits that he doesn't expect to see it completely dismantled. "However, we don't really need to look at it that way," he continues. "All we're looking at is percentage points at a time: one person at a time, one child at a time – and then over time, percentages at a time."

Novak, an attorney and a former home school administrator, contends government has no "no right to operate a school." The Bible, he argues, doesn't justify the civil government's use of force and coercion to advance thought through its own public education system.


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