When Michelle, a white stay-at-home mom, decided to homeschool her 8-year-old daughter, Emily, the decision was driven by what she saw as the lack of individualized attention at school. “We wound up feeling frustrated that the school wasn’t following the child,” Michelle, a former communications specialist, explained of the decision by she and her husband, a software engineer, to homeschool their daughter.
One in ten parents admit to using voice assistants like Alexa and Siri when homeschooling their children, research has found. In a survey testing parents on primary school homework questions, only six per cent scored full marks. The vast majority are turning to technology – including artificial intelligence and the internet – for help.
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As fall school plans remain uncertain, local homeschooling organizations are reporting a growing number of new, interested families. “We have seen quite an uptick,” said Bill Heuer, executive director of the Massachusetts Home Learning Association. The latest available data shows around 7,600 students are homeschooled in Massachusetts and 1,800 students in Rhode Island; both, less than one percent of the entire student population.
Distance learning was the new normal this past spring semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but learning from home has pushed more parents to keep their kids at home. Schooling during the quarantine looked a lot different: Papers, books, and technology spread across a kitchen table, mingled with the ins and out of everybody home 24/7.