Photo credits: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times
A major city in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. is becoming a great example of the nation’s growing homeschooling movement for black families.
The Seattle Times recently published a report titled Do it Yourself: Home-schooling Has Become a Powerful Alternative for Some Seattle Families of Color.
Marcus H. Green is the author of this report. Green is also a columnist for the Seattle Times. His report profiles the stories of several black mothers who have disavowed relying on private or public school for their children. These women have exercised their rights with good reason.
Though Seattle is known as a progressively liberal U.S. city, racist elements are still existent within the city’s institutions of fair housing, public education, and the law enforcement establishment. According to the World Population Review, Seattle’s blacks represent only 7.1% of the population.
On top of being a tiny demographic group within Seattle, blacks primarily get a short end of the stick when it comes to public education. While black high school students have an average 70% graduation rate, the percentage number is much higher for Asian and white students.
One of the black mothers interviewed for Green’s Seattle Times report was Angelique Davis. Davis holds a juris doctorate and is a political science professor at Seattle University. She told The Times about her quarrels with the public school system in her municipality.
“It just didn’t make sense to continue to subject my kids to a public school system that devalued them. The private school options aren’t that attractive. They also utilize a Eurocentric curriculum and add to the exorbitant cost of living in Seattle,” Davis said.
However, Davis represents a number of the growing population of black parents in Seattle who have become a part of the nationwide homeschooling movement.
In his report, Harrison wrote that one of the best hallmarks of good black homeschooling is time efficiency and convenience.
“With only three students, [I spoke to a black home-school family that said] they compress more learning into less time than a typical class day. More students means more needs, more bathroom breaks and more distractions,” Harrison writes in his report.
Most black parents would probably be complacent with their child’s public education experience in Seattle. That might be because in this city, black student progress is above the standards of America’s national average.
However, there are black families here who are not impressed. There are certainly a growing number of black parents in Seattle who are providing a better education for their children on their own.