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African Americans and Homeschooling

Motivations, Opportunities and Challenges, 1st Edition

By Ama Mazama, Garvey Musumunu


144 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Despite greater access to formal education, both disadvantaged and middle-class black students continue to struggle academically, causing a growing number of black parents to turn to homeschooling. This book is an in-depth exploration of the motivations behind black parents’ decision to educate their children at homeand the strategies they’ve developed to overcome potential obstacles. Citing current issues such as culture, religion and safety, the book challenges the commonly expressed view that black parents and their children have divested from formal education by embracing homeschooling as a constructive strategy to provide black children with a valuable educational experience.


'The book’s strength is not only in its authors’ extensive familiarity with scholarship in education and African American studies, but also in the use of direct quotes from their interviews…Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.' -Y. Kiuchi, Michigan State University, in CHOICE, May 2015

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. African American Motivations for Homeschooling 2. Homeschooling as Racial Protectionism 3. The Quest for a Quality Education 4. The Question of Curricular Cultural Relevance 5. African American Homeschooling and Family Bonds 6. The Interplay of Faith and Race in the African American Homeschooling Experience 7. How Safe are Schools for African American Children? 8. African American Homeschoolers’ Challenges Conclusion

About the Authors

Ama Mazama, Ph.D., is an African American Studies scholar at Temple University, USA, interested in questions of African American education and agency, throughout history. She has published 14 books in French or English, among which The Encyclopedia of Black Studies (2005) and The Encyclopedia of African Religion (2009).

Garvey Musumunu, Ph.D, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Montgomery County Community College, USA, interested for many years in issues related to African American students’ academic success.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

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Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Home Schooling
EDUCATION / Parent Participation
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies