Homeschooling: The Myths and Benefits During Lockdown

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Homeschooling: The Myths and Benefits During Lockdown

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Ms. Kerry McDonald, a senior author and Senior Education Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and author of author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom (Chicago Review Press, 2019) discusses the power of homeschooling to empower the parent and the child, to spark an independent and resilient entrepreneurial spirit. Do current standardized curriculums prepare students for today’s challenges?

Ms. McDonald reviews some of the history of homeschooling and school policy in the United States and covers some of the misconceptions surrounding homeschooling that she encountered firsthand. Interestingly, the estimated number of homeschool students has tripled since the lockdown. Why is that? She breaks through the stereotype of a homeschool student to paint a more robust picture of homeschooling today. 

She offers solutions to parents that might be too intimidated to homeschool and covers the academic and social aspects associated with homeschool students. Finally, she gives resources to help those that might be considering homeschooling. 

She is an adjunct scholar at The Cato Institute and a regular Forbes contributor

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