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    More families interested in homeschooling because of pandemic

    QUINCY, IL. (WGEM) — Many kids spent time learning from home last year and that trend looks to continue into this upcoming school year. Officials at the regional superintendents office in Quincy said local interest has grown on homeschooling. In the past year and a half, assistant regional superintendent Julie Stratman said she’s seen more families reach out for information on how to homeschool their kids. According to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate of households homeschooling rose to 11% by September 2020, more than doubling from 5.4% just six months earlier. Stratman said the office doesn’t have an exact headcount of students that have switched to…

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    Homeschooling sees a resurgence as COVID-19 cases rise

    LEE COUNTY The changing pandemic is causing a homeschooling surge. Many parents are opting out of sending their kids to in-person classes this school year, as COVID-19 cases rise and schools return to full-capacity learning. Stability and safety are two very important things to parents when it comes to the kids’ experience. That’s why we are seeing an increase in homeschooling nationwide. The classroom is changing. “I was not a fan,” Cesali Garcia said. “Just too much time of them on the computer hours and hours.” Mothers such as Cesali Garcia and Rachel Gagnon switched to homeschooling. “The pandemic forced me to take that leap,” Garcia said. “I was…

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    Number of students being homeschooled in Colorado more than doubles

    DENVER (KDVR) — New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the number of families opting to homeschool their children rose by 11%. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate of households homeschooling reached 11% by September 2020. Six months prior, it only 5.4% of families registered for homeschooling. In our state, the latest data from the Colorado Department of Education shows the number of students homeschooling more than doubled last year to 15,773. In 2019, only 7,880 students were being homeschooled. Two-thirds of Colorado should be under mask mandates in new CDC guidance “Colorado is representative of what we’re seeing across the country – which is families had…

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    New Research Lifts Hood on Homeschooling During Pandemic

    According to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released earlier this year, homeschooling exploded during the pandemic. This shouldn’t surprise us. In states and districts around the country uneven communications, poorly thought out opening and closing plans and lackluster remote learning were upsettingly common. In the spring of 2020, in partnership with Hanover Research, EdChoice conducted a survey of homeschooling families to understand what their experience has been. Among the main findings: 68% of respondents said the coronavirus pandemic was an important or very important factor in the decision to homeschool. 68% of respondents said the flexibility to shape their child’s learning experience was an important or very important factor in…

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    Critical Race Theory and Homeschooling: CRT Not Necessary to Talk about Racism

    Opponents of Critical Race Theory protest outside of the Loudoun County School Board headquarters in Ashburn, Va., June 22, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) I was homeschooled from kindergarten to 12th grade. Like other students, I learned about slavery, Jim Crow, and the myriad other wicked prejudices against black Americans. I did not, however, receive an education under the ideological framework of critical race theory. CRT’s proponents increasingly insist we must either teach CRT or ignore the history of racism entirely. My homeschool education, as with many Americans’ public-school educations before CRT became fashionable, underscores how this is an obviously false choice. One need not teach CRT in order to teach about…

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    How Josh Duggar Shifted Homeschoolers’ Sense of Security

    Josh Duggar was slated to stand trial this month on charges of downloading and possessing material that depicted the sexual abuse of minors. Instead, his court date has been delayed until the fall. His family’s series Counting On has been cancelled by TLC. In the months to come, Duggar’s case will be covered as the saga of a former reality TV star, making headlines in celebrity magazines as did every courtship, wedding, pregnancy, and birth announcement from the famously fruitful Duggar brood. But for some who come from Christian circles like the Duggars’—conservative Christian churches, tight-knit homeschool networks, big-family “quiverfull” movements—this case isn’t just about Josh Duggar. It represents a…

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    Forcing homeschooling parents to sign up to register ‘risks treating them like sex offenders’

    Forcing parents who homeschool their children to sign up to a mandatory register risks treating them as if they were sex offenders, leading academics have warned. Last month Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed he is ‘absolutely committed’ to creating a register of home educated children, with its introduction ‘imminent’. It follows an Education Committee Inquiry which examined the need for ‘accountability’ and ‘monitoring’ of families who opt out of the school system. But Dr Harriet Pattison, a home education specialist and Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope University, told FEMAIL a register is likely to stigmatise children and parents and could even end up criminalising those who fail…

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