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Why more Black families are homeschooling their children

The family rules for homeschool are posted behind Jacoby Brown, 11, and sister Felicity, 9, as they practice math at home in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

During the pandemic more parents in the U.S. began homeschooling their children, Census data show. While the numbers increased in all groups, Black parents began homeschooling their children at a rate of five times higher than in previous years. And it’s not all because of the pandemic.

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Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, director of Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars and co-author of the recently released book "Homeschooling Black Children in the U.S.: Theory, Practice, and Popular Culture," said many Black families she has spoken with believe that the current schooling system has increasingly become racialized.


"Everything from consequences being more punitive when looking at Black children compared to the consequences for white children with suspensions and expulsions, to the curriculum normalizing and centering experiences that aren't necessarily relevant to the historical experiences of Black people in this country," she said.

The 2022 report card from the nonprofit Children Now, which grades California on outcomes for children, found that overt and systemic racism is putting additional pressures on Black youth.

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Ali-Coleman joined Midday Edition to talk about her book and the success some Black families are finding with homeschooling.