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    Homeschooling Is Surging Across America. Homeschoolers Told Us Why

    The last year and a half hasn’t been easy on American school children. Between COVID-19 restrictions and fierce battles over curriculum, schools have become embroiled in political conflict as the future of education has been thrust into uncertainty. It should come as no surprise that homeschooling has dramatically spiked since the onset of COVID-19 and the lockdowns that followed. Census data reveals that by the fall of the 2020-2021 school year, 11.1 percent of households with school-aged children reported homeschooling, double the amount of the previous year. Then, by May 2021, the percentage was 19.5.  While some reasons for this sudden uptick are self-evident, The Federalist reached out to homeschooling…

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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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    Give Texas homeschoolers equal access to extracurricular activities at local schools

    Everyone is familiar with homeschooling these days. Virtually any family who isn’t homeschooling their own children knows numerous other families who are. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that between the spring of 2020 and the fall of 2020, homeschooling roughly doubled across the United States. The survey asked about true homeschooling rather than virtual learning through a public or private school. In Texas, homeschooling nearly tripled, rising from 4.5 percent to 12.3 percent. By far, the largest growth was among minority families. These families homeschool for a plethora of different reasons ranging from academic needs to bullying to learning disabilities to racism in the local schools. Homeschooling is likely the…

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