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2233, 03 Sep 20

More Families Homeschooling

Maybe a long-term benefit of so many schools abandoning their duty to educate. More families spending more time together and educating their kids with their values. Stronger families. Smarter, more independent kids. Promising future. Heh.

The effect of the Wuhan virus crisis is obvious in the responses: Parents reported declining participation in every institutional school option, with the exception of “charter school.” Still, the decline of “public school” was the most notable, falling from 83 percent to 76 percent.

Given the fact that this poll measured families, not children, the percentage of home-schoolers among the overall student population could be even higher. Samantha Spitzer, a certified teacher and home-schooling parent, believes this to be the case. Spitzer has been hosting “how to home-school” workshops throughout her local region of West Virginia this August. She’s seen dozens of first-time home-schoolers showing up at each forum.

“I talked to someone at my county school board office,” Spitzer said. “She left on a Friday evening, Aug. 7, and by Monday morning she had 175 notices of intent to home-school on her desk — all from brand-new families.” Based on public school enrollment numbers, Spitzer estimates that in one local county, as many as one-fourth of K-12 children might be homeschooled this year.


2233, 03 September 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Many public schools have abandoned education.

  2. Mar

    Very good.
    It’s not easy but if you can do it, go for it.

  3. dad29

    This foretells a crash in the market for Howard Zinn fiction.

  4. jjf

    Thirty years on, you’re still upset about Zinn?  You think school textbooks didn’t have a bit of story-telling in them?  Go on.  Point.  Think we can’t find any home-schooling guides today that have even more spin than public school books from thirty years ago?  This is what Owen’s whistling at.  “Values.”  He means religion.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Zinn is an anti-American trash.

    I trashed Zinn I was in college, forced to read the Marxist indoctrination.

    You love the Marxist trash, don’t you?

    No wonder public school is failing at history.

  6. jjf

    Nope, never read him.

  7. Mark Hoefert

    My daughter had an elementary and a high school teachers who chose to have their children homeschooled.  In both cases, the stay at home parent were also licensed teachers.

    Yesterday the West Bend Daily News had a feature article about the Kettle Moraine Home Educators & Ozaukee Home School Network groups.

  8. Mark Hoefert

    @ Kevin: No wonder public school is failing at history.

    Aligns with what Biden said yesterday in Kenosha (he did not single out public schools):

    “Why, in God’s name, don’t we teach history in history classes?”


  9. Kevin Scheunemann


    That is a punch in eye to Biden’s base that wants to re-write American history that America was founded on slavery, guilty of original sin, is a bigoted, sexist, racist place and without redemption.

    Surprised the radical leftist lunatics are not upset.

  10. Mike

    Homeschooling is not that hard, but does take time and dedication.

    Teach your kids the basics, then use things they are interested in to spark their learning skills. Once they know how to learn your biggest problem will be trying to keep up with them.

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