Home Schooling

U.S Census Bureau’s Pulse Survey indicates increased homeschooling post-pandemic | – Times of India

The pandemic has undoubtedly changed our perception of education and the way of approaching it. The U.S Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey that was conducted in August 2021 also indicated an increased inclination for homeschooling in the U.S. The overall survey pointed out that between 2007-19, just 3% of the households were homeschooling students. However, from the 2020-21 school year, 11% of surveyed households were homeschooling at least one of their children.
The major findings of the survey included the following points:
The parents cited the following reasons for choosing homeschooling for their children during this period:

  • Among more than two-thirds of the parents who selected homeschooling, 80% cited concern about the school environment as a reason where drug abuse, safety and negative peer pressure were some of the causes
  • 75% of the parents chose to homeschool to provide moral instruction and another 75% emphasis on the need for leading a family life together
  • 73% of the parents opted for homeschooling due to their dissatisfaction with the academic instruction at other schools
  • Homeschooling according to the ethnicities:
  • From 2020-21, nearly 11% of Black households had at least one homeschooled student, which was m more than three times the number in 2020 when just 3.3% of surveyed households were homeschooling
  • Besides, about 12% of Hispanic households, 11.36% of white households and 8.69% of Asian households had at least one homeschooled student for the 2020-21 school year

In the U.S, there is an option of homeschooling in all states, but the regulations vary. In Alabama, there is no compulsory subject or assessment regime. Homeschooling can be done through private tutors, who must be Alabama-certified teachers or through church or private schools which can establish their policies for subjects, teacher qualification and a mode of instruction. Georgia, on the other hand, has a home study program option where the teaching parent, guardian or tutor in the home study program needs to have a high school diploma or a Graduate Equivalency Degree(GED).

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/education/online-schooling/u-s-census-bureaus-pulse-survey-indicates-increased-homeschooling-post-pandemic/articleshow/94913709.cms

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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