By: Amy Jo Underwood
Parents are increasingly choosing to pull their children from public schools, opting to home educate their children instead. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, many schools have switched to distance learning, leading a large percentage of families to choose to homeschool their children instead.
According to RedState, multiple states have seen a significant portion of students pull out of the public school system. Massachusetts, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Montana, and Missouri are among the states that have had a significant decrease in enrollment. Massachusetts has had a 30% decrease in pre-kindergarten enrollment and a 12% decrease in kindergarten enrollment. Many states have seen a surge in homeschool applications, notably Vermont with a 75% increase.
The Daily Wire reports that many students are being enrolled in private and charter schools. However, it is a logical assumption that many families will choose to homeschool their children after seeing distance learning in action. As the Associated Press writes, parent-led home education is a natural step for families who are confronted with the vast amount of time and energy that virtual learning requires on the part of the parents. Furthermore, many parents feel that the new virtual learning is unsatisfactory and have decided that they no longer want to be part of the school system, after seeing the unpredictability and inconsistency in quality of virtual instruction. Additionally, many families in rural areas have turned to homeschooling due to spotty internet (and therefore no way to receive virtual learning), according to MPR News.
“COVID-19 has created a strange natural experiment in American education: Families who would have never otherwise considered taking their kids out of school feel desperate enough to try it.” — The Atlantic
Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama