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Homeschooling in Georgia often involves teamwork, says education assistant professor

In most of the U.S., home-school parents “tend to be dual-parent and middle- or upper-income,” according to a story about homeschooling in The Christian Science Monitor, “enabling one parent to stay home and teach the kids.”

It’s different in Georgia, said Cheryl Fields-Smith, an associate professor of early childhood education in UGA’s College of Education. Most states only allow parents to teach their own children. Georgia does not, which has led to home-schooling co-ops, in which single black mothers have teamed up to give their children an education. The mothers take turns teaching, based on their skills and interests, in ways that reflect their values and offer greater depth to African-American history.