What happens when you’ve long been reliant upon a sub-par service, but then find out you can perform it better yourself? If you answer that you ditch the service, now you know the reason for one often welcome, COVID-19-inspired societal change: a surge in homeschooling.
Homeschooling has long been gaining in popularity. Numbering only about 850,000 in 1999, there were approximately two million homeschooled children in America five years ago and an estimated 2.5 million in the spring of 2019, with a growth rate of two to eight percent per year, according to recruitment service Mark in Style.
That is, until the virus made it go viral. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau told us in March that the rate of households homeschooling their children more than doubled during the six-month period from March to September 2020, rising from 5.4 percent to 11 percent.