Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Public School Exodus

With all the political activity currently, other news tends to get crowded out of the public eye. One such story that can be viewed as positive, from certain perspectives, is the movement of parents taking their children out of the public schools. Hat tip to Instapundit for the link.

The Foundation for Economic Education website has the story. Among other developments, they note:

NPR recently reported that public school districts in at least 20 states have seen shrinking numbers of students this fall, with Orange County and Miami-Dade County in Florida down 8,000 and 16,000 public school students, respectively. Los Angeles public school enrollment has dropped by nearly 11,000 students.

According to a recent Gallup poll, the rate of homeschooling has doubled since last year to nearly 10 percent, while the rate of children enrolled in a district school declined seven percent to 76 percent of the overall US K-12 student population.

The article also notes the development of neighborhood learning pods and low-cost private schools in response to the public schools' refusal to conduct in-person classes. Faith-based schools' enrollments have risen too, no surprise. 

Accelerating these trends is parents seeing via online learning what is and isn't being taught in today's public education. I suspect many have been shocked or dismayed by its "blame racist America" content and nearly non-existent performance standards.