Monday afternoon, President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force announced new guidelines in an attempt to minimize the coronavirus spread. Among other things, he stated, “My administration is recommending that all Americans, including the young and healthy, work to engage in schooling from home when possible…”
Today, President @realDonaldTrump and the Coronavirus Task Force are announcing new guidelines for Americans to blunt the impact of Coronavirus and stop the infection from spreading. pic.twitter.com/vU9hJYwDK2
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 16, 2020
This comes on the heels of several states closing down all public schools, with many school districts making similar decisions at the local level across the country.
As parents prepared themselves for a new reality of educating their own children at home, #homeschooling began trending on Twitter, Monday. Moms and dads were sharing their plans, checklists, schedules, resources, successes, and ‘failures’ on this first day of the school week. And all the while, veteran homeschoolers were like –
— Troy H.W. Greenwood (@HWGreenwood) March 16, 2020
Some parents were very organized in their approach, with colorful, structured schedules (god bless ‘em).
First day of no school. Banana bread made! First order of biz: boys and I are going to create a daily schedule to make sure we have a routine and stay organized. A friend posted this sample on FB. It’s a great model. #schoolclosure #homeschooling #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/k6LGUXTuaV
— Julie Gunlock (@JGunlock) March 16, 2020
Others were slightly less formal, but still with a good (if not somewhat vague) plan laid out.
Just told the kids school starts in 10 minutes (new normal). BTW, they’re now referring to me as their PE teacher instead of Dad 💪
— Scott Duvall (@JawaviFilms) March 16, 2020
Still others tried more of a non-traditional curriculum plan, only to be vetoed by their spouse… (This didn’t sound so bad to me – there are learning opportunities in nearly everything!)
— Josh Beard (@JoshBeardRadio) March 16, 2020
Only a few short hours in, many parents were confronted with the varied challenges that come with homeschooling.
— Lindsey C (@lilDnD) March 16, 2020
Day 1: Science experiment a success & destroyed the kitchen
Math lessons were a total meltdown and fight – had to bribe with treats
Hula-hooping is her only solace from me..from ME!
Forgot to feed myself (did I shower?)
She'll be feral by day 10
— Melinda Smith (@girlygeeksocial) March 16, 2020
— Rachel Veres🍁WashYourHands-FlattenTheCurve (@RachelVeres) March 16, 2020
— Rob Anzalone (@RobAnzalone) March 16, 2020
Teachers (parents) rejoiced in their successes, as well (we’ll see how they feel in another week).
— Kimberly Mitchell (@inquiryfive) March 14, 2020
— Jayme Higgins (@JaymeHiggins11) March 16, 2020
— Vasavi (@Vasavi_Sampath) March 16, 2020
The freedom for parents to choose how to educate their children has been an ongoing battle. It was most recently brought to the forefront when Reason Foundation’s Corey DeAngelis caught former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on video lying about sending her children to public schools. He has continued to call out Republican and Democrat officials alike for their hypocrisy in fighting against school choice while sending their own children to private schools. Parents from all walks of life continue to lobby their state legislatures for more education choices.
Holy shit. I have Warren on video lying about where she sent her kids to school.
Sarah Carpenter: "I read that your children went to private schools"
Warren: "No my children went to public schools" pic.twitter.com/PEHr3jNvjx
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) November 22, 2019
Perhaps a good that will come out of this coronavirus pandemic that has upended life as we have known it in America will be the realization that government schools are not the only and certainly not the best option for our children. Each child deserves the opportunity to be educated in the way that works best for them, whether that be homeschool, private school, charter school, public school, or any other number of options. The ‘schooling’ is unimportant. What is important is that they be given every opportunity to learn.
We are all homeschoolers now.
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) March 16, 2020
Whether you are a veteran homeschooler or a #coronaquarantine parent teaching your child at home for the first time, go check out the #homeschool posts on Twitter. You will laugh, be encouraged, and find a treasure trove of support and resources.
Whether your homeschool looks like this:
— Eveline van Leeuwen (@Eefchjen) March 16, 2020
Or like this:
— Cory Childs (@corychilds07) March 16, 2020
The important thing is that you do you. We all learn differently and you do what works best for you and your children. A child who is taught to love learning will never stop learning. And that is the best lesson you can teach them.
As a long time homeschooling mom, I’m loving that #homeschooling is trending! The lists, the schedules, the PLAY (important!). Just remember – you do you. It’s all about the learning – not having ‘school’. We’re currently having home ec class (aka, clean your room!). 😉 pic.twitter.com/YJohZbm76W
— Blue Camellia (@RareCamellia) March 16, 2020