Support for mothers and fathers of color who have decided to homeschool their children.
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By: Andrea Dillon
Homeschooling is on the rise within African American communities.. Though there may be a multitude of reasons, many families site bullying and the increased amount of racism as their top catalysts for homeschooling. Some black parents also feel a lack of representation in the current curriculum and a want to teach their children traditional Afrocentric values. Homeschooling is the perfect way to do that. Whatever the reasons to homeschool, all homeschoolers find freedom in the opportunity to homeschool.
Beginning to homeschool is similar for all families regardless of race. The first step is researching your state’s homeschooling law and looking into local homeschool groups to help you learn the legal ropes. This can be daunting for any family. Black homeschooling families can find it more so while attempting to find homeschool resources to address their concerns, questions, and needs. We have gathered a few to help.
Websites to Help with African American Homeschooling
African American Homeschool Moms is a blog run by author and African American homeschooler Andrea Thorpe. Through her writing, Andrea provides homeschool support and recommendations for Afrocentric homeschool curriculum to help African American homeschooling families who are looking to find homeschool curriculum and resources featuring African-American perspectives.
National Black Home Educators is a homeschooling organization created to help black homeschooling families. They provide community and great information on the issues that may arise for an African American homeschooling family.
Online Support Groups for Black Homeschooling Families
In any homeschool situation, it is necessary to connect with others. With the internet, this is easier than ever. Connect with other African American homeschooling families with these online black homeschooling groups.
Afrocentric Homeschoolers Association is a Facebook-based group for black homeschooling families who are focused on Afrocentric homeschool curriculum.
The Black Homeschoolers Connection is a Facebook-based group for homeschoolers that identify as black, African American, melanated, biracial/mixed, aboriginals, ect.
Homeschooling for Black Freethinkers is a Facebook-based group for non-religious and freethinking people in our black community, who currently home-school or are thinking about homeschooling.
The Liberated Minds Institute is an education group focused on helping inspire and empower throughout the Afrikan diaspora (around the globe). They are a well trusted and popularly used resource for black homeschooling families and Afrikan-centered education. They hold The Liberated Minds Black Homeschool and Education Expo to help black homeschoolers create a network of support.
Mocha Moms is a support group for mothers of color. They do welcome people of all religions, races, educational backgrounds, and income levels as long as the member supports the mission of the group.
State-Based Black Homeschooling Support Groups
Online isn’t the only place for African American homeschoolers to find support. Below are a few state-based groups to help you connect locally.
This is a group for Homeschooling Parents in DFW that are black/African-American.
This group was started with the intention of finding other families of color in the Central Florida area that are educating their children at home. A place for support, motivation, and comfort in sharing experiences unique to the black community and the education of our black children. Established for support, motivation, and hopefully enduring friendships. This group is not affiliated with any one religion and is open to people of all faiths.
Find resources, support, information, and activities/field trips for Black Homeschooling families (even if multicultural) in this group. Located in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
A Christian homeschool support fellowship established to strengthen and encourage the African-American homeschooling community in Memphis, Tennessee.
Afrocentric Homeschool Curriculum
- Kamali Academy provides an online curriculum for children kindergarten to eighth grade that is flexible and Afrikan-Centered. They also provide homeschool coaching.
- Sankofa Science Solutions is a lab and in-the-field science program that focuses on utilizing African Science that is relevant to the 21st Century Learner.
Books for Black Homeschooling Families
by Dr. Myiesha Taylor and Haley Taylor Schlitz
Traditional schooling systems are proving to be suboptimal learning environments for many students of color. Black parents bear witness to the myriad of problems their children face at school and are becoming increasingly frustrated with the inability to implement positive and constructive change. Many understand the immense value education provides and understand its empowering effects in the lives of their children. However, as traditional systems of education fail their children, they feel they have no alternatives. As a Black mother, Myiesha experienced this first-hand. As she noticed her daughter, Haley, lose her passion for learning in public school, she made the bold decision to simply pull her out and homeschool her. Homeschooling is fraught with myths and misconceptions and with this how-to guide, memoir fusion, Haley and Myiesha offer insight and enlighten readers on the “real deal” of homeschooling. Primarily that homeschooling is a mindset—a mindset that can be incorporated into all aspects of child-rearing. There are many options and opportunities to incorporate a homeschooling mindset, even if a family utilizes the public school system.
by Zakkiyya Chase
Education is essential to success, but the school systems in America are constantly and inexcusably failing black and Latino children. In their desperate search for a solution, many families are realizing that homeschooling may be their best option.
No Dream Deferred delves into the history of black and Latino education in America—from slavery through the civil rights movement to the return of de facto segregation that students are experiencing today. The book’s specific, justified criticism of the American education system is unflagging. In public schools, private schools, and even relatively new charter schools, black and Latino students are not receiving the education they need—the education that is their only chance for success when the deck is already stacked against them. Can homeschooling turn this tide?
Blogs and Podcasts for Black Homeschooling Families
Cleverly Changing is a blog and podcast by Elle. Elle a stay-at-home mom who homeschools both of her daughters. This blog helps give homeschool support and ideas on frugal-living.
Further Reading on Black Homeschooling
- Is Home Schooling the Best Option for African American Children
- Yes, Black People Homeschool Their Kids, Too
- The Radical Self-Reliance of Black Homeschooling
- Simone Biles Homeschooling Helped Her Become A Gold Medal Olympian
- Black Families Increasingly Choose to Homeschool Kids