Monday, May 19, 2008

More blacks are turning to homeschooling

I'm still cleaning out my back-logged inbasket. A friend sent me a link to a good article about more black parents turning to homeschooling:

Say "homeschooling" and what tends to come to mind are the whitest people you know, holding Sunday school every day of the week in their basements, producing kids who can declaim against Charles Darwin for hours on end, but who are so screwed up socially that you can't imagine them getting a date, except years later as part of a group outing to Christian Day at Disney World.
So, with that admittedly over-broad stereotype in mind, it's something of a shock to see the lessons in progress at Bread Stuy, a small café in Brooklyn, where customers sip at their coffee and read newspapers, unaware that a woman named P. Aurora Robinson is holding a homeschooling class in their midst.


The article quotes Jennifer James, who we interested last year.

Be warned, the article has a little swearing.

Technorati tags: homeschooling, homeschool, home school, home education, parenting, children, education


Anonymous said...

This is a good article. I found another article that also is very interesting. It is on the topic of how homeschool prepares a child for college/life more than normal high school. The link is below. Thanks!!

Sebastian said...

That is a great article, I remember reading an essay on the topic a few years ago. The author mentioned how much pressure there was from friends and family to stay in public school. There was a sense that they had fought so long and hard for equal access to the public schools that it was wrong to then leave them.

Henry Cate said...

I agree with Sebastian, that is a nice article, thanks anonymous.

Sebastian, we interviewed Jennifer James a couple years ago:

She said a similar thing.