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    Data journalist and pollster Rich Baris posted to social media he predicts a “homeschool boom” following the news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) vaccine advisory committee unanimously voted to add the COVID shot to the children and adolescent immunization schedule, a move that will likely lead many states to require COVID shots for school attendance. Baris, also known as “The People’s Pundit,” tweeted Wednesday, “Parents will flip the F–k out, with good reason. Homeschool boom.” We had asked the same Q late in Summer 2021 and got the same result: roughly 60% of parents with school-aged children opposing adding the Covid-19 vaccine to the list of required immunizations to attend school. Parents will flip the F–k out, with good reason. Homeschool boom. pic.twitter.com/V9nu8Vv0E9 — Rich Baris "The Peoples Pundit" (@Peoples_Pundit) October 19, 2022 The host of Inside the Numbers, Baris observed that in the fall of 2021 when the pandemic was still a top concern for many in the nation, 60 percent of parents with children in school nevertheless “said they opposed adding the Covid-19...
    JOY-ANNA Duggar has made a grammatical error that has fans second-guessing her ability to homeschool her children. Joy-Anna, 24, is married to Austin Forsyth, 28, and they have two children together: Gideon, 4, and Evelyn Mae, 2. 5Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband went hiking in AlaskaCredit: Toby Canham 5While in Alaska, the Duggar daughter made a huge grammatical errorCredit: Instagram/joy4site The couple has been camping in Alaska, without their children, and sharing their journey on social media. While decked out in cameo and hiking gear, the couple also found the time to go fishing and spend time on a boat. While taking in Alaska's natural landscape, they also had an opportunity to see some of the local wildlife. The Counting On star spotted a whale and took a photo of it for her Instagram story. READ MORE DUGGARSCREEN QUEEN Joy-Anna Duggar shocks fans after she reveals she watches NSFW TV show'DISTURBING' Duggar fans in shock after Joy-Anna's husband Austin shows off a GUN in photo Unfortunately, she wrote "Whale siting!" instead of "sighting." Also,...
    MUM-of-six Paris Fury defended her decision to take daughter Venezuela out of school at the age of 11. Appearing on Loose Women, the glamorous wife of boxing champion Tyson Fury spoke about how it is tradition for travellers to educate their kids at home.  5Paris Fury defended taking her daughter Venezuela out of school aged 11 to be homeschooledCredit: instagram 5Paris appeared on Loose Women today and said she has received backlash over the decisionCredit: Rex 5As well as having Venezuela, Paris and Tyson are also parents to Prince John James, 10, Prince Tyson II, five, Valencia, four, Prince Adonis Amaziah, three, and Athena, who is one next monthCredit: Instagram She admitted she has experienced backlash from other parents about her choice to homeschool Venezuela, now 12, but insists she’s “not taking away any chances” from her. Speaking on today’s show, Paris said: “It’s nothing new to us. It’s what our culture, our race of people as gypsies and travellers, have always done. "We gave Venezuela the option - do you want to go to high school or be homeschooled?...
    "The public school system, unfortunately, has not been working with us, but actively working against us," Cameron declared. "In my opinion, the public school system has become public enemy No. 1." "We need to take back the education of our children because whoever controls the textbooks controls the future," the popular actor said. "Whoever's shaping the hearts and minds and souls of our children will determine whether or not we live in a free country." "And whether we have freedom of speech and economic freedom and educational and political freedom and religious freedom," he continued. "If these things are important to you, as I believe they are, join me. It's time for a homeschool awakening." Homeschooling in the U.S. soared during the pandemic. ABC News reported earlier this month, "In 18 states that shared data through the current school year, the number of homeschooling students increased by 63% in the 2020-2021 school year, then fell by only 17% in the 2021-2022 school year." “The Homeschool Awakening” will only be shown in movie theaters on June 13-14. ...
    (CNN)Cate Blanchett dressed up as her daughter's teacher during the early months of the pandemic in order to get homeschooling done. When Blanchett's 7-year-old daughter began staying home in March 2020 due to Covid-19, Blanchett had to take on the role of teacher, which, she tells the BBC, wasn't easy. She said her daughter "wouldn't allow me at all to teach math or do phonics unless I dressed up as her teacher and put on her teacher's voice."A pile of stuffed animals also joined the class."I had an array of stuffed animals who also had to be taught. It wasn't an offer I made. It was a request she made," Blanchett added. "One thing that really came home to me was just how incredible teachers are."She said,"That is an inherently dramatic situation where you have to stand up in front of a class of 30 often disinterested pupils and try and get them engaged in medieval history."Read MoreAlong with homeschooling duties, Blanchett has spent some o fher time during the pandemic attending to her pigs and the chickens and "watching...
    EVER dreamed of packing up your family, heading to paradise and living off the land? This woman did that and shares it all online. Ellen Fisher, a mum to four, shows how she parents, teaches and cares for her family on Youtube and Instagram. 8Ellen is raising her family in Hawaii Along with partner Andrew, she raises her strong brood of 4 children; Elvis, 10, Sandy, 6, daughter Scout 3 and youngest Koufax, who is still a baby. She has 725k subscribers and describes her content as "sharing my love of healthy plant food, gentle parenting, and our simple island life." The 34-year-old has 522k followers on Instagram, a popular Youtube channel and a series of ebooks with recipes she feeds her kids, Epic Vegan Food, Epic Plant-Powered Kid Food. She has been vegan for 15 years, raises her 4 children vegan and homeschools them all in Hawaii. The family of SIX all follow a vegan diet and regularly make meals of what they eat in a day. In a tropical paradise like Hawaii, the family are able to...
    by Ray Levy Uyeda This story was originally published at Prism. Many students across the country returned to in-person instruction over the past month, but for families of color, the pandemic has shaken their trust in schools’ ability to care for their children’s well-being and safety—and that has led to a surge in the number of BIPOC families opting for homeschooling. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, prior to the onset of the pandemic, 3.3% of Black families homeschooled their children. Since the 2019-2020 school year when the data was gathered, that number has increased to 16.1%. While the rate of homeschooling is higher for all racial groups, Black families reported the greatest percentage difference from pre-pandemic to current day. Latinx families reported the second-greatest increase, from 6.2% before the pandemic to 12.1% now. “There’s a surge, and honestly a lot of it is because some parents are concerned about their children’s welfare and the possibility of them contracting [COVID-19],” said Monica Olivera, a Texas-based blogger for MommyMaestra, a site where Latinx families can learn more about the process...
    Amanda Hoerschelman used to teach 75 children a day.  As a 5th-grade public school teacher in Texas and Georgia, she had a revolving door of 10- and 11-year-olds. She loved teaching and her students but knew they weren't getting the one-on-one attention they needed. Still, when Hoerschelman had her eldest daughter Ava, she didn't think twice about sending her to a brick and mortar. That all changed when the family moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, with their 5-day-old daughter Autumn in tow. The plan was Hoerschelman would go back to teaching, but the family ran into trouble finding daycare so she decided to stay home and give her daughters the individualized instruction a traditional learning environment lacked.  "I never thought I would homeschool," the mother of four young girls told the Washington Examiner. "My mom worked all when I was growing up, and I thought I would always do that. If you would have asked me 10 years ago, I would have never thought I would be doing this, but there was a shift in my heart." The Hoerschelman family in Iowa. All four girls are...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – As the school year kicks off many families are deciding to homeschool their children because of the growing concern of the coronavirus. Jillian Glawson was one of thousands of Texas parents who turned to homeschool because COVID-19. “I mean it’s still there, just the unknown of what it could do,” Glawson said. Glawson is a stay-at-home mom. She says she and her kids enjoy homeschooling and she has no plans on sending them back to public school until the delta variant is under control. “The more that we are exposed to all of the good things that the homeschool environment community has brought into our family life it’s just something we really don’t want to give up,” Glawson said. According to the Texas Home School Coalition, more than 90% of Texas parents who signed their kids up last year have the same mentality and are re-enrolling this year. And last week more than 1,200 calls were placed inquiring about homeschooling – the most in its history. Jeremy Newman from THSC says he thinks that number will continue to...
    Early data reveals that many families in Texas are leaning toward having their children homeschooled, a press release from the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) stated Wednesday. THSC’s press release said that call and email volume doubled in the last full week of July, rising from 536 the week before to 1016 as families in Texas prepared for the upcoming school year. This trend increased the following week and call and email volume rose to 1232. (RELATED: The Data Is In And Homeschooling Numbers Have Skyrocketed Since The Pandemic Began) This data points to a likely increase in homeschooling. The latest number is an all-time high for THSC that surpasses even the fall of 2020, when COVID-19 school restrictions happened nationwide because of the pandemic. Those numbers from the THSC correlated with the amount of Texans homeschooling their children nearly tripled, from 4.5 to 12.3%, by October of that year according to the U.S. Census Bureau. “In 2020 we saw the largest surge in homeschooling in history. It appears that renewed concern about COVID-19 may be about to replicate a...
                      by Kerry McDonald  School districts across the country are beginning to impose mask mandates for all students and staff this fall. Officials in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, DC declared last week that everyone in school buildings will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. These school districts are going beyond current CDC guidelines, which recommend masking for unvaccinated students and staff only. Instead, they seem to be embracing the masking stance of the American Academy of Pediatrics which announced last week that all students over age two, as well as staff, should wear masks at school even if they are vaccinated. Back-to-school mask mandates have emerged even as evidence continues to mount showing that children are, thankfully, not at severe risk from the coronavirus. New research out of England reveals that children are even less at risk than previously thought, and domestic data show similar findings. Dr. Marty Makary and his research team at Johns Hopkins University analyzed data from thousands of children diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020. “Our report found a...
    WHEN we launched our Mum of the Year 2021 competition, we had a feeling we were going to receive some extra-special nominations – and we weren’t wrong. During the last year, with its lockdowns, homeschooling and unprecedented challenges, mums have stepped up to the plate, and then some. 7Fabulous' Mum of the Year is Sherril Wright, a mum, foster carer, student and volunteerCredit: Lancton We received a whopping 4,200 entries, which our panel of celeb judges – Giovanna Fletcher, Kate Garraway, Kate Ferdinand and Ranvir Singh – carefully considered. “Judging this competition is always hard, but this year even more so,” says Giovanna. “It has been such a tough year for parents and every one of the entries was an inspiration. I am in awe of all the amazing mums, and I am honoured to be a judge and read all their incredible stories.” New mum – and this issue’s cover star – Kate Ferdinand admits she found judging an emotional experience. 7Not only has she looked after her shielding six-year-old Anya, but she's cared for...
    RIO FERDINAND has adopted his ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson's "hairdryer-type" treatment to homeschool his kids. Like millions of parents across the UK, Ferdinand and his wife, Kate, have just come to the end of their second term as amateur teachers. 3Rio Ferdinand has adopted a 'hair-dryer' treatment to homeschool his kids The retired footballer, who played teacher to three kids, Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, nine, while also raising newborn son Cree, admitted he’s a strict disciplinarian who isn’t afraid to be stern if his "students" put a foot out of place during lesson time.   He said: “I think I've learned a lot from Sir Alex Ferguson. I've not gone for the soft-touch approach. “It's important to be disciplined with them during the school day, keeping on top of them. “These are my own kids and I love them, but they can be difficult. You have to give them a bit of leeway but it's important to follow the fine line. “We were having dinner and Kate said, 'tell your dad what you told me the...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Vice President of the Home School Legal Defense Association, Jim Mason to the newsmaker line to discuss their history and the current legal challenges facing homeschooling families today. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line by Jim Mason who is the vice president of the Home School Legal Defense Association. Good morning, Jim. Mason: Good morning. Leahy: I guess you live in the Washington D.C. area north of Virginia perhaps? Is my guess correct? Mason: Well, I prefer to think of it as living in the Shenandoah Valley than D.C. Leahy: (Chuckles) What’s the weather like there this morning Jim? Mason: We had some freezing rain overnight and it’s fairly cold, but foggy outside it looks like. Leahy: Well here in Nashville people are recommended not to drive because it’s very very cold. Below zero. And the roads are filled...
    WHEN West Sussex was plunged into Tier 4 after Christmas, the only thing getting Shona Sibary through was the prospect of her children returning to school. But the mum-of-four's hopes were dashed earlier this month when the government announced that schools and colleges would remain closed for the foreseeable future. 4Mum-of-four Shona Sibary swapped Sussex for Duabi to homeschool her youngest daughter 'in paradise'Credit: Rex Features Rather than going through the "hell" of lockdown (and tantrums over the periodic table) once again, Shona, 50, started planning her escape route. Writing for the Daily Mail, the mum revealed how she left her three eldest children - Flo, 22, Annie, 20, Monty, 18 - at home while she flew out to Dubai with 11-year-old Dolly. As her husband Keith lives and works in Dubai as a managing director of his company’s Middle East region, Shona and Dolly were able to join him as part of a support bubble. Having struggled to cope in the first lockdown last Spring, Shona wrote: "This time round, however, what were the prospects? Eight hours of grey,...
    Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, will reportedly continue to homeschool their brood due to the coronavirus pandemic. The royal couple, who will someday inherit the throne and become King and Queen of England, have two school-aged children; Prince George and Princess Charlotte, ages 7 and 5 respectively. Good Morning America reported that because of England’s third lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the royals will remain at home with their children. Prince Louis, aged 2, does not attend school. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that all schools will remain closed from Tuesday, January 5, until at least February reported The New York Times. Students will engage in remote learning during that time. During this period, Johnson told residents to stay at home unless they were an essential worker, and if they have to go out and buy food and medicine. GMA reported that the couple has remained at Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, instead of returning to their Kensington Palace apartments amid the new lockdown. George and Charlotte attend a private educational facility in London, Thomas’s Battersea School. ...
      A WOMAN has told how she had 11 babies in a decade - and plans to try for a 12th. Marrying church pastor Chris Rogers, 32, in October 2008, stay-at-home mum Courtney Rogers, 36, from New Mexico, USA, has brought six healthy boys and five girls into the world. 7In 2020 mum Courtney had another mouth at the table with Caris, centreCredit: Instagram 7Courtney Rogers' massive brood in 2019Credit: PA Real Life And in November she gave birth to 11th tot, a girl called Caris who as a result of a difficult delivery needed oxygen post-birth. Courtney, mum to Clint, 10, Clay, nine, Cade, eight, Callie, seven, Cash, five, twins Colt and Case, five, Calena, three, Caydue, two, and Coralee, one, told on her Instagram page how Caris arrived on November 29 weighing 9lb 3oz. "The ending was rough," she said. "I knew the baby wasn't dropped very low but I was advised to push anyway. The lack of progress and most likely the baby's size ended up causing complications for both of us." Both mum and...
    Republican gubernatorial candidate and state lawmaker Kirk Cox is urging Virginia to use federal COVID-19 relief money to provide funding for private schooling and homeschooling of students. An executive order from President Donald Trump authorizes the use of COVID-19 relief money for emergency learning scholarships, which would use Community Services Block Grants for private school and homeschool costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Ralph Northam’s social distancing requirements for schools forced some public schools to offer online classes exclusively and others to offer hybrid schedules that included online and in-person classes. This has led to a decline in enrollment as some families opted to pursue alternative education options. Republicans in both chambers of the General Assembly sponsored legislation that would have allocated some federal COVID-19 relief funds for this purpose, but the effort failed to get support from the Democratic majority. The federal block grant program, which has $775 million allocated to it for fiscal year 2021, is used for a variety of programs, including housing, health care and employment programs. Trump’s executive order does...
    A PREGNANT Chrissy Teigen is getting ready to home school her kids and is excited be she "always wanted to be a teacher". The model shared four pictures of the 'classroom' she's created at home for her kids, complete with a cubby to store school bags and jackets. 11Chrissy Teigen, 34, and John Legend, 41, are getting ready to home school their kidsCredit: Instagram Her four-year-old daughter, Luna, has already personalised her cubby with a handmade name tag. Chrissy worked hard to replicate a real life classroom in the LA home she shares with Oscar winning husband, John Legend. Alongside the adorable photos, Chrissy tweeted: "Everyone get ready for .... miss chrissy. pregnant and here for it (I really have always wanted to be a teacher!)" In the DIY classroom, Chrissy set up a round wooden table surrounded by four small chairs, a cabinet with building blocks, activity trays, toy section, story corner and containers of colouring pencils on top of the tables. 11Chrissy recreated a preschool at their Beverly Hills mansionCredit: Twitter 11It comes complete with a music corner,...
    When Edeline Mackey’s daughter was getting ready to enter kindergarten in the late ‘90s, her mother knew the public school system might present some challenges against receiving a quality education. At the time, Mackey was a teaching assistant in Broward County, Florida, and had witnessed the ways students of color were treated differently by teachers and administrators. “One of the things I saw that stood out to me was that the naughty kids get labeled,” Mackey said. “A lot of the teachers would sit in the lounge and talk bad about some of the students, and a lot of them were students of color.” Mackey, who is Black, said she would watch how the labels assigned to “troubled” students got carried with them from grade to grade, and that teachers had already made up their minds about students once that child entered their classroom. “I always thought that was unfair because every child has a bad day, and they shouldn’t be labeled or blackballed because of that,” Mackey said. With this firsthand experience, Mackey and her husband knew they wanted to consider going...
    THE Little Couple's Bill Klein posted an adorable photo of his 8-year-old daughter doing yoga to "help her focus" on her homeschool classes. In the snap, Zoey smiled as she held her hands above her head and balanced on one foot. 9 Bill and Jen star on TLC's The Little CoupleCredit: Getty Images - Getty 9 Zoey showed off her yoga movesCredit: Instagram/Bill Klein 9 The proud father posted a photo of his daughter doing yoga on TuesdayCredit: Instagram/Bill Klein The proud dad captioned Tuesday's Instagram post: "I emerged from the restroom while we are on break between classes to discover my Zoey doing a little yoga 'because it’s good to stretch and helps me focus', she says. "She proceeded to inform me that her style of yoga is too dangerous for me. Not because my legs are too short (she says that’s a problem but not The problem), but simply because I’m too old. Im sure the teen years will be a ????." Bill, 45, then joked about not knowing which day of the week it was, writing: "Happy...
    Parents and caretakers across the country are preparing their children to return to school — many for in-person and remote learning.  But a growing number are seeking other options, citing the complications that come with remote and in-person learning while a pandemic is taking place. Many parents don’t want their children to sit in front of a computer for several hours, and others believe that a highly-structured school day with minimal interaction with peers and obsessive sanitation would be frustrating for young children in particular. (RELATED: Coronavirus Or Not, Homeschooling Is A Great Option For Our Children) Instead, the National Home School Association (NHSA) has reported that it’s seeing a surge in requests for information, as parents inquire about homeschooling their children instead of sending them back to the classroom or putting them in front of a computer screen, according to CBS 21. Students sanitize at Lysterfield Primary School on May 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Daniel Pockett/Getty Images) In July, the NHSA received more than 3,400 requests for information in a single day, a significant increase from the typical...
    President Donald Trump executed a stunning turnaround Thursday and announced that many U.S. schools will have to delay reopening despite his repeated urgings that they must open in the fall. Trump said school districts 'may need to delay reopening for a few weeks. That’s possible. That’ll be up to governors.' And putting stock in science and infection rates, Trump said: 'The decision should be made based on the data and the facts on the ground.' He made the announcement just moments after announcing the cancellation of the Republican convention in Jacksonville, bowing to the reality of a surge of infections in the Sunshine State.  School districts 'may need to delay reopening for a few weeks,' President Trumps said Thursday in a stunning turnaround Rival Joe Biden and Democrats have blasted Trump for pushing schools to reopen, accusing him of seeking to minimize the coronavirus and force reopening to help his reelection campaign.     'I hope that local leaders put the full health and well-being of their students first,' Trump said, 'and make the right decision for children parents and teachers...
    As local school districts across the country struggle to develop reopening plans in the face of uncertainty about a possible resurgence of COVID-19 and teachers' unions that are in many cases holding districts hostage with laundry lists of insane leftist demands, many parents are responding by pulling their children out of public schools altogether in favor of homeschooling. In Texas, the Texas Homeschool Coalition says they have been "flooded" with calls from parents who have been dissatisfied with the distance learning they received from their public school system during the spring shutdowns, and have decided to pull their kids out of public school entirely and homeschool them. After the Texas Education Agency announced that schools in Texas will be permitted to use online-only learning for at least the first 8 weeks, the Texas Homeschool Coalition estimated that their average weekly number of contacts from interested parents doubled. Texas is not alone. Nebraska's homeschool filings have jumped 21% over last year already, and many educators predict that the number will grow even higher in the cornhusker state. A...
    Christopher Barrow, left, looks on while his daughter Scarlett, 6, son Grayson, 1, and his wife Darcy Alkus-Barrow play in the backyard of their home in San Rafael on Tuesday, July14, 2020. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)  If they can find the right combination of kindred  families and qualified teachers or tutors, Marin moms  Darcy Alkus-Barrow and Malissa Reyes are planning to go “micro-pod” for the upcoming school year. “I know that distance learning was not working for us,” said Alkus-Barrow, of San Rafael, who has a 6-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son. “I’ve known that for a long time.” She posted on Facebook last Sunday inquiring if Marin people were interested in joining the “micro-pod” concept. By Sunday night, more than 200 people had responded. “It’s all happening very fast,” Alkus-Barrow said. Like Alkus-Barrow, Reyes said she and her husband both work full time — and are doing that work from home now due to the coronavirus stay-at-home order. Getting anything done at home while kids are needing help with distance learning has been difficult at best, she said. “A...
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