Education expert Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, founder and managing partner of Ideal Early Learning, LLC and WINGS Curriculum, LLC. believes in homeschooling so much she home schooled her children, after pulling them out of the public school system.
"Left Behind in America: The Nation's Dropout Crisis" reports astonishing statistics on school dropouts.
African-American parents who value education are realizing, now more than ever, that public education is dropping below the status quo and does not prepare their children for the quality of life they desire," she
Among the drawbacks is the lack of social connection children have when they are in a regular school, but according to Lewis
, the positives of home schooling outweigh the negative aspects.
"There is overwhelming research on how homeschooling is more beneficial to children.
Home- schooled children are better socialized, better-behaved, and perform higher on standardized tests.
Homeschooling allows children to work at their own pace and actually learn more about content than they do in public schools due to the large classes and discipline issues," says Lewis
, relating her
I always tell people that, "Exposure is education"; because, children learn more by 'doing'," notes Lewis
One of the problems with home schooling can come when your kids are applying for colleges.
explains, "Credentialing and college prep can be major drawbacks in homeschooling.
Therefore, parents need to make sure the home-school programs they choose are approved by a recognized accrediting body and are transferrable to public schools in their area," she
However, more money is spent on food, since children are home all day eating all meals and snacks in the home versus eating one to two meals at school," says Lewis
"The expenses of home school depend on the type of program children are enrolled.
Some home-school programs have high expenses for curriculum materials, based on the grade?level with high school being the highest, while others funded through charter funds may have little to no expenses due to curriculum costs being covered through school funding."
Because of the continued complaints parents have about public schooling, especially in major urban cities, Lewis
, says the states will soon show more African-Americans opting for home schooling.
"The trend will not only continue, but increase at a faster rate.
Every parent cannot home school or afford private school and should not have to.
That's why we pay taxes," she