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Many parents choose homeschooling over in-person learning

James Laurie, aged 8, is assisted in his online work by his mother Laurette as he continues homeschooling. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 8:00 PM PT – Sunday, July 25, 2021

As schools plan to resume in-person learning, more parents have decided to homeschool their children. According to an Associated Press report on Sunday, parents found homeschooling during the pandemic to be beneficial for their children.

The report cited several instances where parents touted the effect of teaching their own kids who have special needs and are looking for a faith-based curriculum. Additionally, some parents said they believe their children’s school systems are flawed.

“In the beginning, the biggest challenge was to unschool ourselves and understand that homeschooling has so much freedom,” said Arlena Brown, mother of four. “We can go as quickly or slowly as we need to.”

Across the board, parents claim more one-on-one time and flexible schedules allow them to take ownership of their child’s education.

Homeschooling is surging in the U.S. as some families that tried it during the pandemic have decided to make it permanent. The reasons vary: Some have children with special needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 25, 2021

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