Homeschooling in the Time of COVID-19

Foundation for Economic Education

We really are in a homeschooling moment. The disruption to our lives and learning resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns has led to an unprecedented reimagining of American education. Suddenly, a traditional classroom is not the preferred learning space for millions of US children, and their families are exploring—and creating—home-based schooling alternatives in record numbers. From soaring homeschooling registrations to the emergence of “pandemic pods” and a broader embrace of virtual learning options, parents are taking back responsibility for their children’s education and challenging long-held assumptions about how people learn. For some parents, this acceptance of education beyond schooling may be temporary, lasting only as long as the pandemic and its current effects on standard schooling. Other parents may be pleasantly surprised by their discovery of new education options and may find that their children thrive outside the conventional classroom. Whether this at-home learning experience is temporary or lasting, parents are getting a closer look at how their children learn and are feeling re-empowered to help guide their children’s education now and into the future. My articles included in this ebook aim to highlight some of the education approaches that have gained popularity during the pandemic, as well as to help parents facilitate their children’s self-directed learning and to question the dominant role that conventional schooling has come to play in young people’s lives.

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