I used to be a part of rather a niche group of parents, educating my own little slice of the ~3% of US students who homeschool.
Now? The number is closer to 100% homeschoolers. Quite precipitously, parents by the tens of millions have been thrown into homeschooling their children.
Weird became normal. Normal became weird.
I've received exactly one question from a friend regarding how she might tackle a particular educational challenge with a child. From what I see on Facebook, many parents are being sent lots of assignments/suggestions from their children's teachers and just muddling through as best they can by cobbling together some of the free resources made recently available online. One poor friend was given an entire school day schedule from each child's teacher that she was expected to adhere to at home.
There's been some discussion in the homeschool community about whether we'd see more people homeschool once they got a taste for it, but I see some major impediments to that:
- Doing something by choice feels different. It allows for anticipation and planning. This sudden change is disorienting rather than exciting for most.
- Trying to recreate school at home as some teachers are pushing for is doomed to fail. The HOME part of homeschool is essential and delightful. School can be shorter, sweeter, more tailored, and more comfortable, but not when you impose the timing and structure of a classroom.
- Finding your groove with homeschooling takes time. While the days seem to stretch on for some parents right now (if memes are any indication), a few weeks or even months aren't likely sufficient to allow a family to relax into a new relationship and have confidence in the dividends of this method of education.
If you recently found yourself one of the 100%, how are things looking at your house?