The founder of the Black Moms Collective notes how many members of the group have credited remote learning for protecting their children from racial problems.
Tanya Hales founded the Black Moms Collective to provide a safe place for black parents. With over 16,000 members in North America and Asia, Hales has started to notice discussions among group members who believe distance learning helps their children avoid racist attacks in schools, the Associated Press reports.
“I knew we had to deal with this from pregnancy,” said Ayaana Johnson, a Georgia mother with two young daughters in school. She recalled her children being labeled racist slurs at school and seeing KKK flyers in the neighborhood. “This is where we live. So you can imagine that you always feel protected when you protect your children.”
Now that schools across the country are reopening, mothers like Johnson are choosing to leave their children at home and teach remotely to keep them safe, reports the Chicago Tribune.
“We feel more secure now that they are at home,” admitted Johnson.
According to reports from the Biden administration, far more white students have returned to face-to-face learning than their black counterparts. In February, 52% of white fourth graders were in full-time education, while less than a third of black and Hispanic fourth graders were back in full-time and only 15% of Asian American students, Politico reports.
Khadijah Ali-Coleman, co-director of Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars, has found that more and more black parents are teaching their children at home rather than sending them to school.
“Racism in schools plays a big role in a family’s decision to homeschool,” said Ali-Coleman. “This racism can manifest itself in many different ways, from a teacher criminalizing any behavior, to the fact that curricula exclude black people’s experiences, to not giving black children the same opportunities, such as, for example. B. accelerated teaching like white children. “
Hales shared her love of distance learning when she raised her son in Toronto, Canada. “When your child enters the school system, you are no longer just a parent,” she said. “You’re a lawyer, a detective, a cheerleader, so many things. In a way, remote learning makes work easier. “