When conducting interviews with guest speakers for the inauguralvirtual teach-in presented by Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars, I could not leave out the views of a homeschooled child. I decided that it was a great time to include my own daughter who I have homeschooled off and on for 12 years. The interviews were tailored to have guests share highlights about their homeschooling practice and ask one of the three questions our teach-in revolved around. Those questions are: (1) What are the needs of Black homeschooling families, (2) What are the truths about Black homeschooling families and (3) What are the barriers to access for Black homeschooling families. The conversation was very eye-opening for me and a rare look at homeschooling from the perspective of a child actively being homeschooled and with the experience of going to traditional school so both experiences can be compared.
Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman started So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA) in 2006. She is a cultural critic, educator and homeschooling mom. Learn more at khadijahali-coleman.com