By Kerry McDonald As schools and districts across the country finalize back-to-school plans amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some parents are instead choosing independent homeschooling. My inbox has been filling lately with messages from parents who may never before have considered homeschooling but are worried about their children’s potential exposure to the virus at … [Read more...] about Get Ready to Homeschool This Fall — Here’s a Checklist
By Kerry McDonald This tumultuous back-to-school season has parents and teachers alike scrambling to make sense of the madness: from ever-changing district directives to COVID-19 response protocols. Some school systems have announced that the academic year will start with remote-learning-only. Others are pursuing partial reopening options with both online and in-person … [Read more...] about “Pandemic Pods” Make Homeschooling Easier For Parents and Profitable for Teachers
By Kerry McDonald Next month marks the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year in several US states, and pressure is mounting to reopen schools even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. Florida, for example, is now considered the nation’s No. 1 hot spot for the virus; yet on Monday, the state’s education commissioner issued an executive order mandating that all Florida … [Read more...] about Back to School? “No Thanks” Say Millions of New Homeschooling Parents
By Kerry McDonald On Monday, I debated the Harvard professor who proposes a “presumptive ban” on homeschooling. Thousands of viewers tuned in to watch the live, online discussion hosted by the Cato Institute. With 1,000 submitted audience questions, the 90-minute webinar only scratched the surface of the issue about who is presumed to know what is best for children: parents … [Read more...] about 5 Things I Learned Debating the Harvard Prof Who Called for a “Presumptive Ban” on Homeschooling
By Linnea Johnson You made it through the school year “homeschooling” your children; and either you’re saying “never again”, or you are now considering homeschooling this next school year. There are differences between coping with an unplanned and potentially chaotic quarantine school at home and planning for a homeschool experience in the fall. If you’ve questioned your … [Read more...] about Where Do I Start with Homeschooling?