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Do African American's Homeschool?

My name is Yoshika and I have been homeschooling for 16 years. I have four children, one who is a sophomore in college,  a 10th grader(16 yrs), an 8th grader (14 yrs), and 6th grader (11 yrs).  My kids have never been taught anywhere but home, and I'm thankful for that. I am also glad that you have made the courageous decision to homeschool your child and reclaim him from the public schools.

There are not very many blacks that homeschool (compared to whites and hispanics), but the numbers are slowly growing. I especially like the fact that I can teach my children "real history". When we studied the American Revolution 2 yrs ago, we learned that there were a lot of blacks that were not only involved, but heroes. Crispus Attucks was the first martyr of the American Revolution. Remember the "shot heard 'round the world" at Lexington?

The public nor private schools will chronicle the heroic deeds and contributions we have made in shaping the American experience. Many important inventions that have changed the face of whole industries (shoe making, railroading, and many others) were made by African American inventors.

It made me so proud to realize as we read biographies and other books at the library, that we have made many contributions to our culture that I never heard of in school (many of which most American children will never be made aware ). Our heritage goes beyond the shame of slavery and broken homes and welfare.

I chose to homeschool for 3 reasons: 1.) I am a born-again Christian and didn't want the government to use my tax dollars to deny my child to believe what the constitution guarantees
(right to worship God in one's own way-3rd amendment), 2.) I couldn't afford Christian private school and 3.) I wanted my children to have a whole picture of their place in American society as blacks, and not study history or any other subject from one author's or school board's prejudiced point of view (i. e., skewed by their philosophical, cultural or racial views).



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