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More African-American families turn to homeschooling

Pictures of Mae Jemison, Bill Cosby and Rosa Parks clutter the doors of Cheryl and Derek Carter’s back room where three desks for Jarrett, 13, Janae, 10 and Jolene, 6, line the wall.

School days in the Carter’s Uniondale house, which began a week before public school, start at 8 a.m. with math and end in late afternoon. Later, the siblings sit in a circle for a discussion on conflict resolution, trading ideas about why it is important to take responsibility for one’s actions.

As a homeschooler, Cheryl Carter, a former teacher, has the freedom to adjust the curriculum to whatever is happening in the world. The blackout of 2003 turned into an in-depth lesson on electricity, and after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Carter suspended formal instruction to study Afghanistan and U.S. government. But mostly, she said, she is able to mold her children into confident and competent individuals. ‘Homeschooling has given them a real zest for learning,’ she said. ‘As African-American children they get to do things the school doesn’t provide for them.’ Read more…

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