I’m very excited to hear there are so many parents and families not only making the decision to home school their children, but are in a financial position to do so. In order to home school, many like to forget or neglect that one parent must stay home full time to make sure this is possible. Great to hear more and more African Americans are in this position, but let’s not act like this is an option for everyone. We still need to work on the public school system because many of our children must matriculate through this system.
With that said, it is every exciting to hear so many parents are making this decision to home school. Regardless of sending your child to a public or private school, the first teacher of that child is the parent. That parent needs to be intricately involved no matter the route of schooling.
Our children need their parents to take an active role and be involved, regardless, because the odds, stats, and system isn’t stacked in their favor. They are going to need us to show mad love and involvement, which is clear to many. Love is important in education, which is why home schooling really works.
We hear so much about the plight of Black children and their low test scores. We have not heard that African American children who are homeschooled are scoring at the 82 percent in reading and 77 percent in math. This is 30-40 percent above their counterparts being taught in school. There is a 30 percent racial gap in schools, but there is no racial gap in reading if taught in the home and only a 5 percent gap in math.
What explains the success of African American students being taught by their parents? I believe that it’s love and high expectations. I am reminded of Booker T. Washington High School.
They were honored several years ago for producing the greatest turnaround as a Recovery school.
The principal had the opportunity to pick and choose her staff and emphatically stated, “If you want to teach in this school you must love the students”. Researchers love promoting that the racial gap is based on income, marital status, and the educational background of the parents. Seldom, if ever, dot hey research the impact of love and high expectations.
I love where the author is going with the comments and thoughts on love and high expectations. These things are critical when it come to basic rearing of children. They need to understand you are in their corner, have their back and willing to expect more of them. If you don’t raise the bar for your children, then who will?
Home schooling is a great way to give your child a jump start on their counter parts. The main reason is because you are in control of the cirriuculum and the pace at which you move through the lessons. Many time in schools, they spend week studying certain concepts because a few students cannot keep up. They end up teaching to the least among us instead of keeping pace with the students that get the material, but are excelling.
Home schooling gives the parent control. You are able to speed past materials and lesson your child already understand and are able to keep them challenged and engaged at all times.
There are so many benefits to homeschooling beyond academics. Most schools spend more than 33% of the day disciplining students. And bullying has become a significant issue.
When you walk into the typical school, they spend so much time on discipline and keeping order in the classroom, there isn’t much instruction time left for your child to get anything out of it. It is a very disturbing trend for many parents and a great reason to consider home schooling your child.
With so many parent getting into home schooling, is this something you would consider?
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