Home Schooling is a Growing Trend for African American Families

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

These days, public schools are not exactly the safest place for children. Little elementary school children get caught with guns in their backpacks. Drugs can run rampant, and kids have even been caught having sex in classrooms. But, these are not the main reasons black families are increasingly moving toward homeschooling, according to the co-founder of National Black Home Educators. Joyce Burgess says that “the number one reason…[is] the black curriculum.”

The data collected by home-schooling experts agrees with Burgess’ statement. Experts are saying more African-American families are educating their children at home because they believe public schools are failing their children and sometimes even neglecting to teach African-American history. Burgess says:

”They’ve taken black history out. It wasn’t just Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth … and Harriet Tubman. It was also Condoleezza Rice, Shirley Chisholm; it was also Marian Anderson and the Tuskegee Airmen. They’re heroes, and our children need to learn about our heroes.”

Asantewaa Oppong Wadie, a founder of the Indigo Nation Homeschooler’s Association, says that one reason homeschooling African-American children  is beneficial is because you can “make sure the history of African people is primary, rather than secondary and optional.”

The Chicago Tribune reports that currently “minorities make up nearly 15 percent of the approximately 2 million home-schooled students in the country, according to the National Home Education Research Institute, whose founder and president, Brian Ray, has been studying home schooling for 27 years.”
Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.