Nationwide, more and more families are choosing to home school their children each year, and the fastest growing segment of the home school movement is African-Americans, experts say. Some 220,000 black children are home-schooled, according to one estimate.“If we allowed him to continue to be there and be influenced, by the time he reached high school he’d already be gone.”
- Alkinee Jackson, on home-schooling son Alante
“Each one of them has excelled so much, and I can see it,” Kisha Hayes, of Baton Rouge, La., says of her three children, whom she began home-schooling five years ago. “I can see the difference in their learning.”
Alkinee Jackson, also of Baton Rouge, began home-schooling her five children after she and her husband saw the attitude and behavior of their oldest son, Alante, worsen. He was only in second grade.
“If we allowed him to continue to be there and be influenced, by the time he reached high school he’d already be gone; and we know where he’d end up,” Jackson said.
Nationwide, home-schooling grew from 1.7 percent of the school-age population in 1999 to 2.9 percent in 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The total number of kids being home-schooled has more than doubled since 1999 to more than two million, according to estimates. Some 220,000 of those students are African-American, according to The National Home Education Research Institute.
That was actually one of the things that compelled us to start homeschooling also. Our oldest daughter attended kindergarten for one year. Her attitude following a day at school was so different. She was rude to her siblings, tried to talk back to her mom and I and was more defiant that when she started.
This was not acceptable.
I applaud anyone who makes the sacrifice to educate their children. It’s an act of love. I’m glad to see more Americans doing it, regardless of race.
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