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    Homeschooling is better than traditional schooling

    By Danika Young | LTVN Reporter/ Anchor A significant portion of the American public views homeschooling as an old-fashioned and outdated way to educate today’s youth. However, homeschooling has become increasingly popular in recent years. It has increased steadily from 2% to 8% every year and is continuing to grow. In addition, there are many enticing qualities that homeschooling has to offer to make it superior to traditional schooling. Homeschooling allows parents to choose the curriculum and how they teach it. For example, my parents were firm believers in educational traveling; I was able to travel to many countries, where I learned about different cultures and gained real world experiences…

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    COVID pandemic: Homeschooling families took lessons on the road

    Chelsea Forsythe was a teacher early in her career, ran a preschool out of her home and earned a master’s degree in education. The idea of homeschooling long percolated in the back of her mind, a backup plan in case of emergency. That emergency came last fall as her kids returned to school. When the physical building reopened after the COVID-19 shutdown, the kids encountered drama about masks, drama about outbreaks, drama about how to safely do just about anything. “Being a kid was pressure enough,” Chelsea says. “And to have to add that on top of it I was like, nope.” Thus began the Forsythes’ foray into homeschooling. The…

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    Steve Bannon Hopes Homeschooling Moms Will Be His New Shock Troops

    The conservative political movement has continually used schooling, especially homeschooling, as a cudgel in a larger political war over race, religion, and sex. “The firestorm that you’re about to see,” Steve Bannon said recently, “is the American mothers. When you’ve got to go back to school and Fauci’s been talking about vaccinating the kids and using the school, going back to school as a forcing function between the mask and the CRT (critical race theory).” Bannon’s podcast guests then urged parents to sign a pledge to homeschool their children during the week of Sept. 13 as a part of “peaceful noncompliance” under the hashtag of #ParentRising to protest school mask…

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    Homeschooling spike expected to continue during COVID-19 pandemic, even as schools reopen

    NEW ORLEANS – Even though most school districts have reopened their doors this semester, many students will not be returning to the classroom.  The number of students being homeschooled has nearly doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Home Education Research Institutes estimates about 5 million students were homeschooling in March 2021. In 2020, that number sat at 2.6 million.  “Interest has exploded,” said Christopher Chin, the president of Homeschool Louisiana, a faith-based support group for homeschooling families.  Chin said he’d expect this trend to continue even after the pandemic.  “There is going to be some melt where people do go back into an institutional school setting,…

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    Indications emerge that some parents who tested out homeschooling earlier in the pandemic are planning to stick with it

    Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with the Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it beneficial to their children. Read more: United, Google ask employees to get vaccinated before returning to work “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic…

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    How this husband-wife duo launched a startup while battling cancer and homeschooling their kids

    Amy Lahkani (left) and Samir Lahkani with their children. The husband-wife duo helped launch Magicall during the pandemic, while facing other challenges at home. (Magicall Photo) Samir and Amy Lakhani have had quite the year — one that involved quitting full-time jobs, working on their first startup, homeschooling kids, and a cancer diagnosis, all during a global pandemic. Last summer, Samir, who previously worked for Facebook and Seattle startup Convoy, decided he wanted to take a break from corporate life and start his own company with Joanne Zhu, a former coworker at Convoy. They launched Magicall, a video calling app that allows children to play games and read books remotely with…

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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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