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By Rachel Watkins, Catholic Exchange, May 15, 2023

Regardless of your previous experience or opinion of homeschooling, that all changed back in March, 2020 when almost every parent in the world became a homeschooling parent as a result of the pandemic. This new approach to schooling and all the stress and complications that came with it continued through to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Graduates, from kindergarten to college, were making do with drive-through graduations or zoom celebrations. It was a difficult and challenging time for everyone.

When the world went back to normal and schools opened up again, it was surprising how many families decided have their children continue to stay home for their schooling. According to the US Census, nearly 93% of children were educated with some form of virtual schooling during 2019-2020. But many of these same families decided to keep homeschooling even after the school doors opened again. From the Dept. of Education, approx. 3.3% of families with children homeschooled in 2016, while that number was 5.22% in 2021. …

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