Home-schooling: a example of liberty in action
Because of oppressive and racist policies that include mask mandates, remote schooling, and the teaching of the bigoted and Marxist program dubbed Critical Race Theory, Virginia has seen a huge increase in home schooling in the past two years.
Homeschooling in Virginia has increased by nearly 40% since 2019, which has been partly fueled by the implementation of critical race theory in classrooms and the coronavirus. “The children don’t belong to the state. I think parents really want to impart their own values to their children – their values and beliefs and their own worldview. And that is a major reason parents are home schooling,” Yvonne Bunn, director of government affairs for the Home Educators Association of Virginia, told the Virginia Mercury earlier this month.
There are currently about 62,000 homeschoolers in Virginia, according to Virginia Department of Education data. There were 44,226 homeschoolers in the state during the 2019/2020 school year, marking a more than 39% increase. The numbers this year are slightly down from the 2020/2021 school year, when 65,571 students were homeschooled.
In ’20-’21, students returned to in-class learning, so it was expected that the numbers being home-schooled would decline. That the decline was so tiny suggests most home-schooling parents suddenly realized that their kids were better off being educated at home, and decided to keep them there. That decision was further reinforced by the determination of some Virginia school boards to keep their mask mandates in place, in defiance of the state’s governor, to a point where the schools event threatened unmasked students and their parents with arrest.
In addition, the article notes that some parents took their kids from school out of fear the school would force the COVID shots on them, as has happened in California and elsewhere.
The bottom line is that we are seeing the growth of competitive alternatives to the corrupt public school system that has increasingly failed in recent decade to educate children properly, focusing instead on pumping them with leftist indoctrination. Not only are parents moving toward home-schooling, they are also forming home-schooling co-ops where their kids learn in groups, like the old fashioned one-room school house. In addition, many parents are moving their kids from the public schools into charter or private schools.
This shift means the public schools will lose enrollment, which means they will lose funding. The competition will thus force them to reform, and if it doesn’t it will guarantee collapse of these failed institutions.
People must have the fundamental right to make their own choices that matter for them and their families. The recent growth of viable educational alternatives is a welcome sign that those choices are becoming increasingly easier to make.
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