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Homeschooling Surging in America

Thanks largely to the pandemic, many more parents are suddenly opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. Among the top reasons given for the move: children with special educational needs, those seeking a faith-based curriculum, and those who believe their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis due to the pandemic and found it beneficial to their children.

Danielle King of Randolph, Vermont, whose 7-year-old daughter Zoë thrived with the flexible, one-on-one instruction noted, "That's one of the silver linings of the pandemic - I don't think we would have chosen to homeschool otherwise." Her curriculum has included literature, anatomy, even archaeology, enlivened by outdoor excursions to search for fossils.

The surge has been confirmed by the U.S. Census Bureau, which reported in March that the rate of households homeschooling their children rose to 11% by September 2020, more than doubling from 5.4% just six months earlier. Black households saw the largest jump; their homeschooling rate rose from 3.3% in the spring of 2020 to 16.1% in the fall.