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The Coming Depopulation of Public Schools to Begin This Fall - July 9, 2020

to see staggered schedules, desks placed six feet apart, and the possibility of required mask use.

Despite President Trump’s recent push for the schools to reopen in the fall, 54 percent of American voters proclaim that they are uncomfortable with the reopening of K–12 schools according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll. Additionally, three unions in Fairfax County, Virginia, released a statement fighting against the county school system’s return to school plan (abcnews.go.com). Another county in Virginia, Loudon, ran a survey where one-third of responding parents would likely choose 100 percent distance learning for their children.

In New York City, 200,000 public school educators expressed a genuine fear of returning to school in the fall. Reopening for in-person learning is simply not on their radar. This does not mean though that education as a whole has taken a backseat.

We are seeing the democratization of education—the playing field is being leveled and now it doesn't matter if your child attended a good public school or a horrible one before the pandemic," explains Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. "Parents have been asking, ‘How can I keep my child learning’ and many have found the answer—homeschooling. In the fall, many families will decide to continue educating their children at home, public schools will likely lose millions of students, and homeschooled children will receive a better education as a result."

Parents are seeking out alternative methods of education this fall, primarily online options. Recognizing that their values and beliefs are being challenged by textbooks that have torn Christian influence from the pages, many families are turning to the Christian, self-paced, online homeschooling platform SchoolhouseTeachers.com. This growing platform is home to over 9,000 member families who choose to home educate their children with assistance from qualified and experienced lesson designers.

The alarming news that over 40 Santa Clara County principals and other district officials were exposed to the coronavirus recently is causing many to reconsider educational options (source). In Los Angeles, around 20% of families and 36% of school staff oppose the reopening of schools for in-person learning (source). Additionally, two weeks after Israel fully reopened, a COVID-19 outbreak resulted in at least 130 cases at a single school. Education is shifting no matter how you look at it—school will not be the same this fall. The question remains, where will the majority of children be when this shift occurs? Many are declaring, by choosing to home educate, that the answer is home, where they belong.

 

About The Old Schoolhouse®

The Old Schoolhouse® (www.theoldschoolhouse.com) is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse®, supports over 9,000 member families with more than 450 courses for preschool through high school, as well as educational videos, World Book Online, transcripts, report cards, planning tools, and recordkeeping. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is focused on providing high-quality, encouraging, affordable solutions for homeschooling families.

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Is Homeschooling the “New Normal”? -
July 1, 2020

about what public education will look like next year,” says Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. “Parents are looking for stability in their children’s education. They need to be able to plan their schedules and have a routine they can count on, while ensuring that their children receive a comprehensive education.”

The digital Homeschool Curriculum Boxes include all the curriculum guides and resources needed to successfully teach a full year of skills, including daily and weekly checklists to keep students on track, direct links to SchoolhouseTeachers.com courses and resources, access to World Book libraries, and dozens of additional tools for the entire family. With quarterly payments as low as $37.97, one SchoolhouseTeachers.com membership provides access for all grade levels.

Alternating schooldays in classrooms with remote learning ordered by the school but “overseen” by the parents is being discussed in many public school districts for the fall. Some schools are planning social distancing for students, recommending cloth masks, and even limiting bus service to 50% capacity. Warnings are also being made that a surge in illness could cause schools to shut down again. For some parents, all of that is too much potential chaos. Many are deciding that teaching their children at home— and avoiding the stress and uncertainty caused by the pandemic—might be their new normal, with help from organizations like The Old Schoolhouse®.

About The Old Schoolhouse®

The Old Schoolhouse® (www.theoldschoolhouse.com) is a privately held corporation that publishes the industry-leading homeschool education print magazine, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, as well as hundreds of books and planning support tools for homeschooling families. SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a division of The Old Schoolhouse®, supports over 9,000 member families with more than 450 courses for preschool through high school, as well as educational videos, World Book Online, transcripts, report cards, planning tools, and recordkeeping. Established in 2001, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is focused on providing high-quality, encouraging, affordable solutions for homeschooling families.

Paul and Gena Suarez
The Old Schoolhouse®
+1 888-718-4663
email us here
Visit us on social media:
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

More About SchoolhouseTeachers.com and Homeschooling

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