Cherylyn Lebon, a black conservative and fellow at the Independent Institute, writes on the rise of homeschooling in the black community.
For years, Joyce Burges enjoyed attending home schooling conferences across the country. A veteran of homeschooling and a mother of five, she taught all of her children at home for 25 years. In July 2000, Burges realized that she wanted to do something about the lack of black speakers, educational materials and black families at these national conferences. So she launched the National Black Home Educators (NBHE).
“It was like opening a Pandora’s Box — in positive way,” says Burges. In just one week, black families from around the country flocked to her new organization.
Homeschooling is one of the fastest growing forms of education in the United States. According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), about 2.2 million students are homeschooled in the United States — a number that has steadily increased since the 1970s. Originally considered “alternative,” many Americans now consider it mainstream.
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