Once seen by many blacks as something only whites do, home schooling has steadily gained momentum in the black community in the past eight years and is expected to continue to grow, say home school experts.
"Ten years ago, there were not that many people of color home schooling," said Brian Ray, president of National Home Education Research Institute in Salem, Ore.
General dissatisfaction with public schools and increased awareness about home schooling are motivating blacks to change course, experts said....
1.2 MILL HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT YEARL IN U.S. "The numbers are stunning and discouraging. They show America's inner-city schools are failing to do their job. A new report shows 1.2 million American high school students drop out every year. most discouraging is the huge difference between graduation rates in major cities, and in the suburbs just a few miles from those cities. .... In most cities, the odds a student will clutch a diploma are about the same as a coin toss.
They've got roughly a 50-50 shot.
"This trend is real and has to be reversed," stated Colin Powell, Founder of America's Promise. School districts in Miami, Denver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore and Indianapolis have graduation rates below 50-percent. Detroit, only one in four ninth graders will go on to graduate. But cross into the suburbs of those cities, and the odds of graduating improves dramatically. In New York City, 47-percent suburbs 82-percent."