Research conducted by Marie-Josée Cérol—known professionally as Ama Mazama—also offers insight into the growing trend. A faculty member in the African American Studies department at Temple University in Philadelphia, Mazama began homeschooling her three children 12 years ago and realized quickly that there was little research on black homeschoolers.
"Whenever there are mentions of African American homeschoolers, it’s assumed that we homeschool for the same reasons as European-American homeschoolers, but this isn’t really the case," she said. "Because of the unique circumstances of black people in this country, there is really a new story to be told."

In a 2012 report

published in the Journal of Black Studies, Mazama surveyed black homeschooling families from around the country and found that most chose to educate their children at home at least in part to avoid school-related racism. Mazama calls this rationale “racial protectionism” and said it is a response to the inability of schools to meet the needs of black students. “We have all heard that the American education system is not the best and is falling behind in terms of international standards,” she said. “But this is compounded for black children, who are treated as though they are not as intelligent and cannot perform as well, and therefore the standards for them should be lower.”

Mazama said schools also rob black children of the opportunity to learn about their own culture because of a “Euro-centric” world-history curriculum. “Typically, the curriculum begins African American history with slavery and ends it with the Civil Rights Movement,” she said. “You have to listen to yourself simply being talked about as a descendent of slaves, which is not empowering. There is more to African history than that.” Mazama’s studies show that black parents who choose to homeschool often teach a comprehensive view of African history by incorporating more detailed descriptions of ancient African civilizations and accounts of successful African people throughout history. This allows children to “build their sense of racial pride and self esteem,” she said.

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What are the challenges of homeschooling?

Admitting to yourself that your children have weaknesses academically, and your job is a teacher is to get them to learn and love to learn at their own pace, understanding that may mean they are “behind” or “ahead” in subjects compared to the average child. Knowing their best is their best period, and true effort is A worthy, not perfection and memorization because neither of those skills are as necessary as the ability to be comfortable getting a wrong answer, because a wrong answer doesn’t mean the world is over, but it is an opportunity to learn and be creative.

The second challenge would be facing the daily criticism from others who assure you that your a crazy paranoid mother, because you don’t trust a government or private organization to teach your children. I don’t understand why people believe that learning can only be done in the classroom. Learning is sitting in a tree with a book, in a warm corner with a blanket and a cup of tea, laughing at a table with family and friends. Knowledge is also beyond measurable academics, and a person should be free to pursue more then just what a state test can measure.

Sometimes as a parent, in all honesty, it is difficult to accept their passions are not your own-that is until you watch them find their own, see the joy in their smile when they pursue what lights their heart so brightly it warms those around them.

The biggest criticism of all would be the belief that some how homeschooling will keep them from proper “socialization”. As if an institution on lock down with strict time blocks of education, meals, and limited free time, intentional sex and age segregation, unintentional class and race segregation, could some how “properly socialize” people for the “real world”. I keep hearing how homeschoolers are “weird” but I would like to know what weird looks like. Is it noncomformity? Is it suppression of character? Maybe they are weird, but they aren’t afraid to be themselves, and they aren’t afraid to love.

I hope that they grow in their God given gifts and abilities, I hope that this education I give them encourages them to pursue love, peace, and joy.

The most difficult part of all, and yet the most joyful, will be watching them leave to pursue such things.

God be with you!

I just bitched out a lady in Starbucks for 10 minutes while everyone in there watched because she told my sister that, “well, you LOOK homeschooled.” When I asked why (because my sister actually is homeschooled due to anxiety and depression-related issues), she said that meant “not classy.” Long story short, I got applause at the end when I told her I was honored that my sister was being taught by someone who instilled the lesson in her that not all adults are right and not all children are wrong, that wisdom and maturity could be present at any age, and that she damn right didn’t possess it.

To parents I say, above all else, don’t let your home become some terrible miniature copy of the school. No lesson plans! No quizzes! No tests! No report cards! Even leaving your kids alone would be better; at least they could figure out some things on their own. Live together, as well as you can; enjoy life together, as much as you can.
—  John Holt
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My favorite new read from SPX was the Subcultures anthology, published by ninthartpress. There are a lot of fun comics in here, but the whole of this anthology is greater than the sum of its parts. Taken together, the stories show what members of subcultures all share: an alienation from the culture at large, and a search for belonging.

(Also, I contributed a comic about homeschooling which I’m proud of, and which has not been shown in full anywhere else.)

I’m really wanting to get the kids involved with some sort of volunteer work (mostly Sophie, Izzy might not really be old enough yet lol). The thing is, I can’t find anywhere for a three-four year old to volunteer. I’d love to get us involved helping a local animal shelter or homeless shelter or something, but most places require you to be at least 18 and most of the kid stuff requires them to be teenagers. 

Giving and helping others is a value I really want to instill in them at a young age. Anyone have any ideas for volunteering/charity work that young children can do?

So, let me get this straight. You can unschool, and spend your teenage years learning things that fascinate and excite you; spending your time in pursuits that feel meaningful and important; volunteering and working; getting to sleep lots, and slow down when you need to; spending time in social situations you actually like, or at least have decided the benefits outweigh the negatives; and just generally enjoying daily life. Or, you could spend all those years sitting in a classroom, and then go to prom. Why is this even considered close to something that would make someone consider school the better option?

Also, some homeschooling groups organize proms, so unschoolers can get all of the party with none of the school.

Want to be sure you never have to deal with school violence?

Want to be sure your black child gets a good education?

Don’t want to deal with common core?

Don’t want to deal with any religious teaching in science classes?

Want to teach your kids about your religion, be it paganism, Catholicism, Islam, or Candomble?

Worried that your school system will go against your political views or harass your child for some reason?

Want to be sure your child will succeed academically?

There is a ton of evidence that socialization isn’t an actual problem. If you’re capable of being a good parent, any socialization issues that could possibly exist won’t be a big deal.

And if you aren’t capable of being a good parent… why do you have kids at all?