Homeschooling is set for massive growth this fall
I've been hearing more and more about this. One of the great benefits to come out of the coronavirus lockdown and the riots will be a significant increase in homeschooling.
But, imagine if only 2% of the families with children who attended government schools before the lockdown decide to continue homeschooling post-pandemic. Because around 50 million children attended public schools before the lockdown, that 2% change would lead to around one million more homeschoolers next year. Because around 1.7 million students were homeschooled before the lockdown, that would be around a 59% jump in the U.S. homeschool population.
The first evidence on the subject, a nationally representative survey conducted by EdChoice and Morning Consult, found that 52% of families reported having a more favorable view of homeschooling as a result of COVID-19, whereas only 26% of families reported having a less favorable view of homeschooling.
More recently, a national online survey conducted by RealClear Opinion Research found that 40% of parents say they are more likely to homeschool or virtual school after the lockdown, whereas only 31% reported the opposite.
Just this week, a survey conducted by USA Today and Ipsos found that 60% of parents are likely to continue homeschooling this fall even if schools reopen. Additionally, the poll found that 30% of parents reported being “very likely” to continue homeschooling this fall.
While some of these families would be considering homeschooling because they’re scared to send their children to school during a pandemic, the openness to homeschooling is especially compelling because home education during a pandemic is arguably the worst-case scenario for what homeschooling could actually look like. The shift to homeschooling was involuntary and abrupt this spring, and the lockdown means that children aren’t able to access social learning activities such as theaters, museums, or team sports. Just imagine how favorable the responses would have been if the families were able to test-drive real homeschooling.
Anecdotally, families are reporting that their children are less anxious, more “relaxed,” “reading better,” and “so much happier.”
I also wrote extensively about making the decision to homeschool in Should I Homeschool This Fall? Questions and Answers to Help You Decide.
Thankful wife of David for 23 years and momma to Caroline for 13 years - Relaxed Homeschooler - Lover of books - Seeker of wisdom from the Lord - Drinker of too many coconut milk mochas from Starbucks
I agree! I have been seeing so many new families asking about the ins and outs as well as for curriculum reviews on our state homeschool association FB page! Exciting times!
I agree! I believe there will exponential growth in homeschooling this fall. At the 9th hour yesterday, a homeschool exemption was placed in a "forced" vaccination bill for schools in CO. That will bring more people to homeschooling just with that exemption, there will be lawsuits from others who don't homeschool and if it would be detrimental to their child because of health conditions. The lockdowns have made parents more aware of what is being taught in school which is a good thing! I am thankful now that God's hand was in my son deciding he did not want to go back to the district homeschool enrichment program next year! He will be in his senior year...