In studying the behavior of black families, Georgia College of Education professor Cheryl Fields-Smith has learned that more and more black families are abandoning the public school system in favor of homeschooling as per the public system’s litany of Democrat-created problems.
Of particular concern to these families is how former President Barack Obama’s push for social justice and so-called integration transformed many schools into veritable black-only zones.
“A lot of these [black homeschooling] families that I interviewed lived in communities where schools had become predominantly black,” Fields-Smith told The 74 nonprofit news website during an interview this week. “Their question was, how does my child get a diverse perspective on the world if everything is black?”
That is an outstanding question, and the parents who asked it deserve a hearty round of applause. In trying to prioritize their interests over those of others, some folks have forgotten that they are not alone in this world. Obviously, these parents haven’t. Kudos.
To be clear, the reasons for these parents’ dislike of the public system extends beyond just racial issues, as was noted by Intellectual Takeout:
As Dr. Fields-Smith explains, public schools offer a ‘basic education’ to every child. Homeschoolers, however, are able to help their children rise above the label of average. Evidence of this was revealed in a 2015 report by Dr. Brian Ray, who found that homeschooled black children register in a percentile above the national average and far above their black public school peers.
I believe it. I know a 17-year-old homeschooler who attends my gym, and she appears to be light years beyond her peers in intelligence and maturity. Whereas most kids her age waste oodles of time “partying” — twerking, drinking, smoking, etc. — she dedicates herself to constructive hobbies and, of course, the pursuit of knowledge. Kudos to her and her parents as well.
As for concerns about a potential lack of socialization, it turned out that this wasn’t nearly the problem others perceived it to be.
“They are so close-knit in their support groups, churches, community-based organizations, or in sports,” the professor said. “So the kids have many outlets for socialization.”
“I do have quotes from the families saying things like [their children] are missing out on learning about drugs and sex [Ed. Note: She presumably meant sex outside of marriage] and those kind of things, but they will find out about that later,” she added.
That particular statement I take great issue with. There is no need for a child to ever take part in the debauched behavior of his or her peers, particularly as it relates to drugs and sex outside of marriage, the latter of which often manifests itself alongside promiscuity. So as far as I am concerned, good riddance with “drugs and sex.”
The point here is that these parents have realized that the public school system is a hot mess. Truthfully, it has been this way for awhile, but there’s no denying that Obama’s social justice nonsense made the problem worse. So the best thing black parents can do is either homeschool their children or place them in a charter school.
The only remaining question is this, as asked by Intellectual Takeout contributor Annie Holmquist: “Is it possible that such a sentiment could be expressed by more than just black families? Have the public schools lost their savor to the American public because they can no longer offer an environment in which children of all ages, races, and abilities can thrive?”
That too is a GREAT QUESTION, and the answer is…