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"Homeschool" written May 2, 2022

A rapidly growing number of families are opting to educate their children at home, and both parents and children are finding great satisfaction in the experience. Increasingly, homeschool parents are stepping up to equip their children with the learning skills and academic knowledge to help them make informed decisions.

COVID-19 has been one driver; the number of homeschool students has tripled since the start of the pandemic. By the fall of 2021, 11.1 percent of students in the United States were homeschooled, and the number has continued to climb. With the prevalence of homeschooling, parents are no longer navigating the homeschool journey alone. They have homeschooling friends and neighbors to rely on, as well as co-ops, online curricula, and endless no-cost learning resources.

Not too long ago, homeschool families were considered by some as weird, and the quality of the education was questioned. Today, on the other hand, it’s impossible to ignore that homeschooled children, on average, far outperform their traditional public school peers in terms of academic skills development and knowledge acquisition.

While many thought the spike in homeschool numbers could dwindle once schools reopened for in-person learning, that has not proven the case. With the planning for the 2022-2023 school year in full swing, public school districts can’t count on a return of the lost students. In many cases, regardless of the reasons, these students are gone for good. And many others may join them after the 2021-2022 school year comes to a close.

COVID-19 was not the only factor that drove families away from public schools. Parents were especially delighted to have their children escape the far-left political indoctrination that dominates today’s K-12 public education classrooms (the daily promotion of the LGBT agendacritical race theory divisiveness, and woke academics). Their children have been freed from the political agenda of teachers’ unions and school personnel using them as pawns in their power plays.

One example of this indoctrination is the increasing use of the Gender Unicorn as a tool to encourage students as young as age 5 to select their gender identity, their gender expression, the gender they are physically attracted to, and the gender they are emotionally attracted to, whether women/men, feminine/masculine, or other.

The decline of academic standards was another concern. Advanced classes and gifted and talented programs face removal in the name of “equity” — squashing enthusiasm and denying high performers the opportunity to reach their full learning potential. Furthermore, graduation requirements are lessened— again in the name of equity. But what value is a high school diploma if fundamental learning is not accomplished? Today, more than 71 percent of students lack basic academic proficiency at the end of their K-12 school years.

The benefits of parents exercising their right to decide what their children learn are profound. Parents are witnessing firsthand their children newly motivated, curious, and excited about learning.

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