Monday, October 2, 2023

USA | Record dropout from public school due to homeschooling

More students are leaving public schools in the United States as more families choose homeschooling.

A paradigmatic case is Texas, which, according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), has record numbers in this sense. Currently, the proportion of homeschoolers in Texas is between 8 and 10 percent, which corresponds to 500,000 to 620,000 students.

Before the pandemic, between 20,000 and 25,000 students in grades 7 through 12 were homeschooling each year in the Lone Star State. However, since 2020, this number has reached almost 30,000 per year and remains at this level.

Y Homeschooling is becoming increasingly popular not only among white families, but also among minorities According to numbers from the National Home Education Research Institute, about 41% of homeschooling families identify as “nonwhite.”

Parents cite three main reasons for their decision to remove their children from the public school system: Concern for safety in schools, the responsible participation of parents in the education of their children (particularly in relation to values), and the values ​​and conditions of the school environment.

The increase in homeschooling in Texas largely follows national trends, as homeschooling saw a 30% increase in 2021-22 Even though the number of public school students fell by more than 1.2 million in the first two years of the pandemic, according to a study published earlier this year.

The study by the nonprofit research organization Urban Institute finds that private school enrollment increased 4.3% between fall 2019 and fall 2021. Data collected between the 2019-20 school year and the 2021-22 school year showed private school enrollment increased by 30%.

Steven F. Duvall, research director for the Home School Legal Defense Association, said the findings are consistent with other observations about the impact of COVID-19 on home schooling. “We believe that homeschooling is a wonderful way to educate a child and that many hundreds of thousands of families have made this same discovery during the pandemic.”

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