December 11, 2005


Home Schools Are Becoming More Popular Among Blacks (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 12/11/05)

The move toward home schooling, advocates say, reflects a wider desire among families of all races to guide their children's religious upbringing, but it also reflects concerns about other issues like substandard schools and the preservation of cultural heritage.

"About 10 years ago, we started seeing more and more black families showing up at conferences, and it's been steadily increasing since then," said Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, a national advocacy group. [,,,]

To help guide black families though home schooling, Joyce Burges and her husband, Eric, started the National Black Home Educators Resource Association in 2000.

Ms. Burges said many black families were unaware that home schooling was a legal option. But she said that she and other blacks who school their children at home had been considered turncoats by people who think they have turned their backs on the struggle by blacks to gain equal access to public education.

Still, she said, when schools are not teaching children to read, or are failing to provide a safe place to learn, the children should come first.

"You do what you have to do that your children get an excellent education," she said. "Don't leave it up to the system."

Educational choice and Christianity are the hammers with which the GOP can crack the Democrats grip on blacks.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2005 9:00 AM

It's been known for a long time that the public schools are as disgrace. The new disgrace is that so few parents care.

Posted by: erp at December 11, 2005 10:06 AM

Fighting illegal immigration may also crack the Democrats grip on blacks since illegal aliens often take jobs traditionally done by blacks.

Posted by: Vince at December 11, 2005 12:17 PM

Accept, not take.

Posted by: oj at December 11, 2005 2:55 PM

One child in each of my daughters' classes has "dropped out" to be home schooled since this school year started.

Posted by: Dave W at December 11, 2005 9:58 PM

As has been noted before, the 'hammer' can even be of the tap variety: 25% of the black vote going GOP means no Democrats in the White House (too many electoral votes in MI, PA, and NJ to possibly overcome elsewhere), and probably 36 Democratic Senators. It might even mean IL turns purple.

Posted by: ratbert at December 11, 2005 10:04 PM