The coronavirus pandemic is giving millions of parents a taste of homeschooling.
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While kids are home now, what most are doing is not entirely “homeschooling.” Most parents just “assist” their kids’ former teachers, who now hold “Zoom” classes.
But teachers struggle to keep students engaged remotely. Some teachers don’t even use online videoconferencing. In Los Angeles, the teachers union even negotiated a contract that says teachers are not required to use it.
So, as media outlets put it, there are now “parents and guardians forced into full-time homeschooling.” Being out of school, they say, will “will set back a generation of children.”
Bunk. Media outlets make it sound awful, but the reality is that homeschooled kids — despite being from poorer families, on average, do better on tests. They also do better in college, and they are less likely to drink or do drugs.
Here are the studies on it: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15582159.2017.1395638
Homeschooling is also easier than ever, with new technology offering amazing new options for learning at home.
Watch the video above to see how parents are switching to homeschooling in the pandemic.