Jet Magazine: Black Education Trend – Virtual Schools

By Julius Rea

Statistics show that Black kids drop out of school at a higher rate. What’s not so clear is why or how to combat this problem.

According to a spring report by the BBC, more African-American families these days are looking into alternative schooling options for educating children, which dovetails with the national trend. Around two million American children are home-schooled, the BBC notes.

“For the African-American community there was a huge amount of pressure against it, because in America, the grandparents of today’s home-schooled children fought for desegregation of schools. They thought, ‘The public schools are going to save us,’” National Home Education Research Institute director Brian Ray told the BBC.

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