The Homeschooling Surge

Source: Heartland Institute
by Daniel Sutter

“After schools throughout the country closed in Spring 2020 due to COVID-19, homeschooling increased significantly in the 2020-21 school year. The surge has been accompanied by some calls to ban homeschooling. According to the Census Bureau, 11 percent of households with school aged children homeschooled this year, double the level in April 2020. Alaska had the highest percentage of homeschooling families, at 28 percent, followed by Oklahoma at 20 percent; Alabama was middle of the pack at 12 percent. … Whether the surge outlives the pandemic remains to be seen. That homeschooling could go mainstream so quickly is not surprising. Homeschooling is now legal in every state, with more resources available for interested parents than ever. Co-ops help organize extracurricular activities and advanced lessons. From an economic perspective, however, homeschooling offers a puzzle.” (07/06/21)