Survey: Homeschooling
knows no color

By WND Staff

Countering a common stereotype of homeschoolers, a survey in Baltimore showed that 500 of the city’s 1,200 home-educated children are black.

Baltimore City Community College professor Arnita Hicks McArthur found, to her surprise, that black parents are educating their kids at home, and doing it for the same reasons cited by white parents, according to Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Bowler.

“The results of the survey were affirming,” said McArthur, a teacher of Spanish, English and speech. “They showed that all parents just want the best for their children. And when they’re not getting it, they can take education into their own hands. Thank God for that.”

McArthur, former president of the Baltimore school board, conducted her survey last year with the assistance of Ron Gregory, who keeps track of home education for the city’s schools.

She found black parents, like whites, deplore poor discipline and violence in the public schools and believe they can do a better job meeting their children’s needs. Many believe a spiritual foundation should be central to education.

On a questionnaire, which assured anonymity, parents commented:

  • “There is an increase of student violence which disrupts the classroom environment and prevents teachers from teaching.”
  • “There is turmoil in the school system.”
  • “I know what [my children’s] strong and weak points are. I can give them the one-on-one attention they need.”

Many of the parents, according to McArthur, “felt there were no religious or biblical values included in instruction. They felt that God should be included in the curriculum.”

McArthur’s work was conducted for an education research course at Towson University, near Baltimore.

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