Homeschooling has become increasingly popular among parents in the U.S., especially among African-Americans.
One reason is to provide African-American children with a more comprehensive understanding of black history. According to a report from the National Council of Social Studies, less than 10% of the public school curriculum is spent on African-American history.
Cheryl Fields-Smith is University of Georgia’s Associate Professor of Education. She tells NBC News that if you look at what happens in public schools in terms of the curriculum, it would have children believe that African-American history began with American slavery and ended with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Black parents saw that it took other outlets such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture for their kids to understand that our history did not start in the cotton fields and end with desegregation.
“I started homeschooling my kids because I really wanted them to have a solid foundation in African-American history and I also wanted them to be an excellent reader,” Dr. Sheva Quinn told NBC News. The air force veteran is a mother of two young daughters. She has been homeschooling her children since 2014.