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‘Fighting for education’

A Christian Science Monitor story examined the growing and diverse homeschooling movement in the U.S. Recent statistics show African-American and Latino families are increasingly becoming a part of the movement.

Cheryl Field-Smith, an associate professor of early childhood education at UGA’s College of Education, said that she was surprised at first when she realized that black families were leaving low-quality schools.

“But when you dig, you see that we’ve always been determined to be self-taught,” said Field-Smith, who is African-American. “When we were denied resources for school, we did it ourselves … I see this as a new iteration of the long history of (African-Americans) fighting for education.”