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New poll suggests 40% of families likely to continue homeschooling

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When schools were closed a few months ago as part of the COVID-19 panic, I wondered if this might happen.

A RealClear Opinion Research survey of 2,122 registered voters shows that support for educational choice is strong, and that a significant portion of parents are more likely to pursue homeschooling opportunities after the lockdowns end, the Federation for Children reported.

The results show that 40% of families are more likely to homeschool or virtual school after lockdowns, and that 64% support school choice and 69% support the federal Education Freedom Scholarships proposal.

“With 55 million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling,” said John Schilling, President of the American Federation of Children. “Policymakers should note that there is a strong desire to have these and other educational options available to families.”

Apparently, even though a number of people have been complaining about having to guide their children’s studies at home during the lockdown, an almost equal number of parents discovered the advantages to being homeschooled.

I have known a number of families who have homeschooled their kids (or roadschooled in an RV), and the parents and children alike praise the option.

Parents like it because they can monitor what their kids are learning and they don’t have to worry about worldly messages being subtly inserted into their children’s minds.

Students like it because the self-directed education gives them more time to pursue subjects they are truly interested in learning about, and they can often complete an entire day’s schooling in three to four hours, rather than seven to eight in a classroom.

It will be interesting to see how many of the students follow through with homeschooling in the fall.

Teachers, on the other hand, are likely grateful that parents are taking more interest in their kids’ education.

 

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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