More black families opting for home schooling, 19 February 2008, Rock Hill Herald, Rock Hill, South Carolina
The Huffs, whose children would attend Richland 2 schools, are part of an increasing movement among black parents toward home schooling their children.
Although black families remain a small percentage of home educators, state and local groups said they have seen a steady increase.
“There has been an increase,” said Kathy Carper, president of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools. Her group represents about 1,200 families, about 5 percent of whom are black.
While black families are changing the face and chipping away at the stereotypes of home schooling, they face a unique backlash among some members of their community. Parents are being asked to explain why they home-school their children when their ancestors fought for equality.
More information on homeschooling by black parents is at:
- Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers, January 1996, Lowry House Publishers
- Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League, February 2003, Villard (imprint of Random House)
- Excerpt of interview with Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith, WSBTV, Atlanta, Georgia
- ‘Village’ concept keeping more black children at home for school, 12 April 2007, Medill Reports, Northwestern University
- Researcher studying black homeschooling families, 16 April 2007, HEM News and Commentary
- NPR Report Says African American Homechooling on the Rise, 20 September 2007, HEM News and Commentary
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