The number of Americans who homeschool has skyrocketed since the beginning of 2020, with the latest census data showing that over 11% of U.S. households now educate their children at home.
The sea change first began to show itself in the Fall of 2020 at the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year. Some families were stonewalled by school districts kept closed due to controversial COVID-19 lockdown policies. Others opted to homeschool rather than rely on unpopular forms of video-conference learning or sending their children back to heavily restricted classroom environments.
The rate of homeschooling doubled for many demographic groups in 2020 alone, according to a report from the Bellwether Education Partners. Black American households saw the sharpest rise in homeschooling, with a rate that more than quadrupled.