Sandra’s Story: A Generational Commitment to College and Career Readiness Through Homeschool Education
The goal of this chapter is to build upon and draw from a study I conducted in 2013. In this seminal study, narrative research was used to explore the pedagogical philosophies and practices of Black parents who homeschool their K–12 children (Baker, 2013). Narrative research complimented a critical race theoretical approach to address a larger systemic issue.
Delgado and Stefancic (2012) explain that critical race theory can “open a window onto ignored or alternative realities, present counterstorytelling as a valid destructive function, and offer a cure for silencing” (pp. 45, 50). The counterstories in my seminal study address a commitment to changing the narrative about Black culture. Furthermore, the narratives cultivate college and career readiness among Black youth. Sandra, a pseudonym used here and hereafter, was one of three participants in this larger study. At the time the study was conducted, Sandra was a stay-at-home mother of two children, ages nine and 11, who was committed to homeschooling them.
Book description: In 2021, the United States Census Bureau reported that in 2020, during the rise of the global health pandemic COVID-19, homeschooling among Black families increased five-fold. However, Black families had begun choosing to homeschool even before COVID-19 led to school closures and disrupted traditional school spaces. Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture offers an insightful look at the growing practice of homeschooling by Black families through this timely collection of articles by education practitioners, researchers, homeschooling parents and homeschooled children.
Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture honestly presents how systemic racism and other factors influence the decision of Black families to homeschool. In addition, the book chapters illustrate in different ways how self-determination manifests within the homeschooling practice. Researchers Khadijah Ali-Coleman and Cheryl Fields-Smith have edited a compilation of work that explores the varied experiences of parents homeschooling Black children before, during and after COVID-19. From veteran homeschooling parents sharing their practice to researchers reporting their data collected pre-COVID, this anthology of work presents an overview that gives substantive insight into what the practice of homeschooling looks like for many Black families in the United States.
Homeschooling Black Children in the U.S.: Theory, Practice, and Popular Culture
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Baker, Aaliyah, "Sandra’s Story: A Generational Commitment to College and Career Readiness Through Homeschool Education" (2022). Books and Book Chapters by University of Dayton Faculty. 143.