Thursday, October 10, 2013

Homeschooling: Not Just for the Weird, Rich or Religious

Have you heard?
There is an African American Home School Movement going on!  That's longer is it considered strange, suspicious or taboo to teach your own children... at home.  Even though I taught in public schools,  I always thought it strange that people found homeschooling strange or something for only the weird, rich or religious. Who else is better equipped to teach children than parents who have the DESIRE, DISCIPLINE, SKILL SET and PATIENCE to teach them!  With that disclaimer out the way,  KUDOS to those Black families who have placed the responsibility of teaching their own children inside their very own four walls and are enduring the criticism and skepticism of those who still deem it odd or criminal behavior.  Fortunately, however, the latter group is slowly becoming the minority.

If you are debating whether home schooling is the right choice for your beautiful brown babies, there are plenty of on-line resources, organizations, social-networking and support groups to help you decide.  For those that reside in Missouri, I highly suggest you start here.  Then solicit some personal testimonies from those currently homeschooling.  I recently joined the African American Home School Network  on Face Book.  Thankfully, they accepted my request as an educator and advocate since I am not a parent.  The group's founder is pretty good about monitoring and maintaining the information posted so I deem it fairly helpful and informative.

Are you having doubts about homeschooling because you fear your children will not meet their socialization quota?  There are public libraries and community recreational centers that offer programs  specifically for home-schooled children.  Do you have reservations about teaching a subject that is not exactly your strong suit?  Teachers, tutors and home-schooling consultants are an option for covering subjects you feel uncomfortable teaching.  Not to mention, there is an overwhelming number of on-line classes and curriculum, along with home-made materials shared among homeschooling parents.   Finally, there is the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP).  This programs offers  tuition-based, on-line courses for students in grades K-12th.

Obviously, homeschooling is not the right choice for everyone, but it certainly beats pleading and persuading other districts to accept children from failing or unaccredited districts and depleting the tax revenue of neighborhoods.

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