So many families in North Carolina were seeking to notify the government of their intent to homeschool that the state’s website for handling requests was literally overloaded and crashed. In some districts in Texas, official surveys show half of parents will not be sending their children back. And a USA Today poll showed that 6 in 10 parents are considering at-home learning options for the fall.
In short, the government education monopoly is in major trouble as an apparent mass exodus from public school begins.
According to a report earlier this month in the North State Journal, there were so many people seeking the North Carolina Department of Administration’s “Notice of Intent to Establish a Home School” page that the site crashed.
“The system is not currently available due to an overwhelming submission of Notices of Intent (NOI),” the message on the site read. “It will be back online as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience as we work to process NOIs as quickly as possible.”
Home-education experts were not surprised by the news that the site was down. “Families are uncertain if the public schools will be able to serve their families needs for school this fall,” explained Robert Bortins, CEO of the popular homeschooling program Classical Conversations.
“The pandemic schooling at home gave them the opportunity to see that they could homeschool, and now they are choosing to do it intentionally,” he added.
In Texas, surveys by local school districts revealed the education establishment’s worst nightmare: a massive exodus is underway that may see a 50 percent or more decline in the number of students attending physical government schools for the upcoming school year.
Late last month, the Houston Chronicle reported that across the region, many school districts were shocked by what they were hearing from parents. In the Sheldon Independent School District, for example, a survey found that over 48 percent of parents would not be sending their children back to classes. A number of parents interviewed said they would homeschool.
And an Ipsos poll of parents with at least one K-12 child commissioned by USA Today found that 60 percent said they would “be likely to pursue at-home learning options instead of sending back their children this fall.” Almost a third of those respondents said they were “very likely” to keep their children home.
While many parents are concerned about the virus, others are concerned about government’s response to the virus — especially the outlandish CDC guidelines that would turn schools into prison camps. Others are more concerned about the mental virus that children are being infected with at school: anti-American extremism mixed with sexual hedonism, illiteracy, ignorance, and unfathomable arrogance. Even President Trump recently blamed public schools for the mayhem destroying America.
For months, advocates of a mass exodus from the far-left indoctrination system posing as “public education” have been celebrating the prospect of an enormous coronavirus-induced surge in homeschooling, online programs such as FreedomProject Academy, and other non-government alternatives. It is already happening.
But unfortunately for advocates of the exodus, many of those fleeing the government schools will merely move over to online programs controlled by the same people. And while there may be some benefits, they will still be learning with the same quack methodology, combined with the same indoctrination and sexualization that is destroying children across America.
Getting children out of government indoctrination centers is an excellent first step. Now, it is time to ensure that the fleeing families completely cut their ties to government when it comes to education. After that, the fight to preserve educational liberty from the totalitarians seeking to ban or control private schools and homeschooling will be in full swing. In short, the war is just beginning.