According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHEI), about two million American children (about 4 percent of all American students) receive their education at home. The NHEI claims that those families are usually white Christians in rural areas who disagree with the public school system on religious grounds.
Although no formal accounting is necessary for home-schoolers and actual statistics are a little difficult to come by, African-Americans are choosing to take their children out of the public school system in greater numbers. But why? For more we speak with Joyce Burges, co-founder of National Black Home Educators, a resource network that encourages families who are considering home education.