England Sees Major Rise in Homeschooling

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England has seen a significant increase in the number of children being homeschooled over the past academic year.

Parents have cited health concerns as well as philosophical and lifestyle choices as being the main reasons for taking their children out of school.

The number of families choosing homeschooling has been increasing in recent years, but the covid pandemic appears to have accelerated the trend.

Breitbart reports: A survey from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) published on Wednesday, detailed the increasing popularity of elective home education.

The survey found that the number of children who were being educated at home at some point during the 2020/2021 academic year increased by 34% over the year before. In all, the overall settled rise of total children being homeschooled at any one time is estimated at around 7% in the year.

The major increase in the cumulative number of children being educated at home, as well as the discrepancy between that increase and the overall increase in the number of children being homeschooled, was attributed to so-called ‘churn’, with kids being taken out of school for a limited period of time, but then returned later on in the year.

When councils were asked for the top three reasons given by parents and carers for opting for homeschooling, the number one reason cited was concerns regarding the Chinese coronavirus.

The second most popular reason for homeschooling was “philosophical or lifestyle choice”. This was followed by more general concerns about the physical and emotional health of the child.

The organisation lamented the fact that local authorities lack the power to interfere with certain aspects of homeschooling.

“We are seeing more families refusing to engage and quoting parental guidance regarding rights to educate their child and a lack of powers for [local authorities] to enforce cooperation and information sharing to meet their statutory duty,” the report states.

The report also demands that mandatory regular home visits be implemented “so the child is seen” and to “observe the work taking place”.

The rise in homeschooling comes during a period of increasing politicization of Britain’s education system.

Earlier this year, the National Education Union– Britain’s largest teaching union– called for “activist training” on issues such as “whiteness”.

The Critical Race Theory-style recommendation stated that there is “silence around British imperialism and racism”, and that there is an “urgent” need to “decolonise” all phases of education in the United Kingdom.

The union has also demanded that toddlers receive lessons on so-called “white privilege”, something which the then chairman of the House of Commons Education select committee, Robert Halfon MP, compared to ‘Soviet indoctrination session[s]”.

Meanwhile, a report published last year found that white working-class children have been systematically disadvantaged by the British education system, with white working-class boys, in particular, being most disadvantaged out of any demographic.