Monday, October 11, 2021
The pandemic has been a disaster for public education. Closed schools and self-serving teachers unions have undermined parents’ faith in the system. The result has been a massive move to private schools and to homeschooling. More than 11 percent of American households are homeschooling their kids. The numbers among black and Hispanic households are now even higher than this average.
There are a lot of reasons for this — I wrote a book on the trend, “The New School,” almost a decade ago. But COVID has accelerated things dramatically.
Homeschooling is safer from infection and, more important, from the ever-changing whims of the educational bureaucracy. Rather than put up with the increasingly intrusive and authoritarian behavior of educrats, parents are taking control.
They’re also finding out that their kids are learning more and faster. (My own daughter wasn’t homeschooled, but after concluding that her public high school was wasting a huge chunk of her day, she switched to an online program and graduated early, starting college at 16.)
I guess I'm naive, but why do teachers' unions care so much about whether the kids wear masks? Presumably because they don't want to catch the virus from the kids? Are kids even that much of a risk?