The educational landscape of the United States is witnessing a transformative wave, one that has carried the concept of homeschooling from the peripheral fringes right into the mainstream. This change, meticulously chronicled in a recent Washington Post article, it turns out, is not merely a reaction to the pandemic’s education disruption but rather a deep-rooted shift in the perceptions and aspirations of American families towards personalized education.
As an author and advocate for educational freedom, I find these revelations not just exciting, but also as affirming echoes of the Tuttle Twins ethos: that the education of children is a profoundly individual and familial endeavor, deserving of a profoundly decentralized approach.
1. The Enduring Appeal of Homeschooling
The pandemic, an unbidden catalyst, necessitated remote learning—a distant cousin of homeschooling. Yet when schools reopened, many parents chose to keep them metaphorically shut by continuing to educate their children at home.
This persistence of homeschooling post-pandemic underscores a crucial narrative—one of a rediscovery of family as the primary community and the home as a fertile ground for learning. It resonates with the core philosophy behind the Tuttle Twins books, which encourage children to learn critical thinking, understand economics, and embrace their role within the community, starting first with the family unit.
2. A Mainstream Movement
Once considered unconventional, homeschooling is now the fastest growing form of education in the United States. Its rise in prominence signals a pivotal moment in American education and is indicative of a collective yearning for more control over educational content and methods. This sentiment mirrors the adventure in The Tuttle Twins and the Education Vacation, where the the Tuttle Family explores new ways of learning, emphasizing that education is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. And it looks like Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle aren’t the only ones having second thoughts about the “right” way to educate their kids.
Homeschooling’s burgeoning popularity exemplifies this principle in action.
3. The Ubiquitous Rise
The Post’s investigation also shows an upsurge in homeschooling across diverse geographies and demographics. From rural Kentucky to suburban Florida, this educational choice is cutting across the traditional boundaries. The universal rise of homeschooling reveals an underlying consensus: families across the board are seeking a more tailored educational experience, and there are emerging as many suitable resources as their are unique needs!
It’s almost as if the market tends to provide a way to meet the needs of the people when restrictions and red tape are out of the way!
4. A Shift from Religion to Rights
While religious instruction was historically a significant driver for homeschooling, there has been a transition towards a broader spectrum of motivations—from concerns over school safety to discontent with political agendas in education—parents are simply done with what they’ve felt like they had to settle for in the past.
It reminds me of The Tuttle Twins and the Messed Up Market, where Ethan and Emily learn that there are a lot of different ways to do things, and that there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all way to live, govern, or centrally plan for people’s needs and wants.
5. An Evolving Demographic
Homeschooling’s demographic is evolving to mirror America’s melting pot more accurately than ever before. The fact that homeschoolers now come from various racial and political backgrounds signifies a bridging of educational choice across historical divides. One study showed that the post-pandemic rate of homeschooling amongst black families has increased by a whopping 500% with no sign of slowing down.
6. The Changing Face of Homeschooling
Even the face of homeschooling itself is changing. Parents are increasingly leveraging a plethora of resources, from online platforms to microschools, highlighting the adaptability and innovation shown by people when they are free to choose to live and learn they way they feel most comfortable. It’s just another example of the prosperity and happiness that comes from letting people plan and manage their own lives outside the rigid control of the State and it’s army of meddling do-gooders.
Ethan and Emily learn all about the power of the State and its tendency to make people less safe, less prosperous, and less free in The Tuttle Twins and the Fate of the Future, based on economist Murray Rothbard’s Anatomy of the State.
Embracing the Education Evolution
The evolution of homeschooling from a niche alternative to a mainstream choice is more than a pandemic footnote; it is a story of reclamation. It’s the taking-back of education from a one-dimensional path to a multifaceted journey tailored to each child’s unique needs and potential. The ultimate goal of education is to prepare young minds for the world they will inherit; not just academically but as critical thinkers and principled future leaders, parents, and innovators.
There is a full on educational renaissance in America.
The trends suggest that as we continue to move beyond the pandemic, parents are not seeking a return to ‘normal.’ Instead, they are rewriting the script of education entirely. And I’m all for it.
The numbers speak, but behind them are the voices of families, echoing through basement classrooms and online forums, through co-ops and microschools, declaring their commitment to an education that respects individuality, fosters curiosity, and champions freedom.
As we embrace this education evolution, I’m proud of the work we’re doing. We’re illustrating that the principles of freedom and choice are not only relevant to economics and governance but are also foundational to the enlightenment and empowerment of the next generation.
If you haven’t purchased our original kids book series yet, now is the perfect time. Find out what all the fuss is about, and order the books that started the education revolution!
I’m glad you’re here with us.