The number of black families who choose homeschool over traditional learning is on the rise.
The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 290,000 African American children are currently being homeschooled, which now is representing 10 percent of all students being homeschooled. What is the reason for the increase in homeschooling?
Racial Discrepancies In Classroom Discipline
A new study shows how much racial discrepancies in classroom discipline contribute to the achievement gap. The study—which was authored by Edward Morris, a sociologist at the University of Kentucky, and Brea Perry, a sociologist at Indiana University- concludes that school suspensions account for roughly one-fifth of the white-black achievement gap.
"The effects of suspension are long lasting, setting into motion a trajectory of poor performance." The researchers found that, even within a single school, black students were six times as likely to be suspended as white students.Black children account for almost 48 percent of all out of school suspensions, according to a US World News report. This is extremely high since black children represent only 18 percent of the population. When numbers like this to paint the picture more parents are making the decision to place their children into a healthier environment where they can thrive both academically and culturally.
Controlling The Environment
By taking the constant threat of harassment and discrimination out of the picture, homeschooling provides African-American parents the space and time to educate and socialize with their children for optimal personal development. This conveys self-knowledge and self-esteem through positive teaching about Africa & African-Americans,which may be grazed over by a Eurocentric orientation of the schools curricula.Many black homeschooling parents engage in racial protectionism, so that they will have the self-confidence and knowledge necessary to face and overcome the hurdles that white racism appears to place in their path.
How do you feel about homeschooling? Have you experienced any racial discrepancies in a classroom setting?
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Learn more about the National Black Home Educators (NBHE) organization at www.nbhe.net
Sources:BlackBusninessReview; The Atlantic; Alameda Magazine