Parents Threaten to Homeschool Kids After DeVos Confirmed by 51-50 Vote

Posted in News on February 9, 2017 - by


Several days ago, Fox News reported that, "Leftists Threaten to Homeschool Their Kids in Protest of Trump’s Education Secretary."

Just for one moment, let's pause and think about this. People are going to protest DeVos for her views on school choice by exercising their rights for... school choice. Actually, it may not be as ironic as it seems.

Actually, it might be exactly what "they" want you to do.

Milton Gaither, homeschool expert and education professor at Messiah College who published a book on homeschooling, Homeschool: An American History, said that:

"DeVos would love nothing better than for parents to decide to spend their money on private Christian schools ... or to homeschool them using Christian curriculums."

Milton Gaither researched the history of homeschooling and has published a book about the broad homeschool movement.

In a 2013 interview, DeVos has said that homeschooling is "another perfectly valid educational option."

She continued by saying that:

We've seen more and more people opt for homeschooling, including in urban areas. What you're seeing is parents who are fed up with their lack of power to do anything about where their kids are assigned to go to school. To the extent that homeschooling puts parents back in charge of their kids' education, more power to them.

DeVos' emphasis on school choice makes perfect sense for the homeschool movement. NBCNews made a controversial claim that homeschoolers are, "largely conservative Christians." Although this may be the case, the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) claims that the #1 reason for homeschooling is not for religious reasons. This was true many years ago, so maybe NBC just didn't check the current research.

NHERI research states that most parents decide to homeschool for more than one reason. The most common reasons given for homeschooling are the following:

  1. Customize or individualize the curriculum and learning environment for each child
  2. Accomplish more academically than in schools,
  3. Use pedagogical approaches other than those typical in institutional schools,
  4. Enhance family relationships between children and parents and among siblings,
  5. Provide guided and reasoned social interactions with youthful peers and adults,
  6. Provide a safer environment for children and youth, because of physical violence, drugs and alcohol, psychological abuse, racism, and improper and unhealthy sexuality associated with institutional schools, and
  7. Teach and impart a particular set of values, beliefs, and worldview to children and youth.

Homeschooling is no longer a fringe movement. It isn't as mainstream as public schools but is not some occult minority. Let's stop pretending.

Gaither said it was not ironic that liberals were considering homeschooling. In fact, these potential converts would return to the roots of the 1970s homeschooling movement -- which was very left-wing.

If parents decide to resist the new government leadership by choosing to homeschool, they will be doing exactly what the modern homeschool movement has been doing for 30 years.

Do homeschoolers actually want school vouchers and DeVos policies?

See Betsy DeVos - A Disaster For Homeschoolers? and Why Homeschoolers Don’t Want School Vouchers and

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2 Responses to “Parents Threaten to Homeschool Kids After DeVos Confirmed by 51-50 Vote”

  1. Tracy Alston says:

    I'm a liberal, and sometimes I think they are just plain stupid. Yes, DRAW YOUR KIDS OUT OF THE SCHOOLS AND MAKE THEM EVEN WORSE in protest. Makes sense. *Rolls Eyes*

  2. Janet Ballenger says:

    You've got to be kidding me. There is NO WAY THEY WILL HAVE THE DEDICATION to follow through with this. It is ALL talk. ALL TALK.

    Do they realize how much time and effort is involved?

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