Home schooling continues to rise after the pandemic
By summer of 2020, the number of families switching to a home schooling option increased 21% in Nebraska, largely in part due to the pandemic and parents looking to meet their individual health and safety needs.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) —By summer of 2020, the number of families switching to a home schooling option increased 21% in Nebraska, largely in part due to the pandemic and parents looking to meet their individual health and safety needs. Nationwide, the numbers haven’t necessarily been on the decline since then.
“This year, we are seeing also with the health standards that are being proposed in different contents. There’s concern about that, there’s a lot of questions, everything is up in the air,” Liz Davids with Heartland Home Schoolers said.
Davids said with so much debate surrounding public schools right now, the freedoms home schooling offers is appealing to many families.
“Nebraska parents have fought long and hard for our homeschooling freedoms, for the freedom to choose what’s best for our families. So we’re, we’re grateful for that,” she said.
Home schooling does still have a required baseline curriculum and a required number of hours they must meet for a child to advance from grade to grade.
Davids said with so much changing the last two years when it comes to everyday life and schooling, she expects parents to explore homeschooling even more.
“The school district has to do with the school district has to do, but if we have an option, sometimes parents are deciding that’s not the ideal for our kiddos,” Davids said.
Heartland Home Schoolers will be hosting an event this Saturday. Details are below.