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After years of education and training to become a physician, Dr. Myiesha Taylor considers herself a “professional student.” Identifying lapses in her children’s education, she took it upon herself to search for alternatives. Successfully homeschooling two children through high-school and into college at age 13, and a younger one she’s homeschooled since kindergarten, she has many valuable pearls of wisdom that would beneﬁt any parent looking for additional educational options. Myiesha is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and USC Keck School of Medicine.
In 2022, at the age of 19, Haley Taylor Schlitz became the youngest woman and Black American to graduate from law in the history of the United States. She earned her JD from SMU Dedman School of Law. In May of 2019, she graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Woman’s University. She is the youngest graduate in the history of TWU. Homeschooling has allowed her to advance through high-school at her own pace, graduating at age 13, ready for college. Haley is currently taking an "IMPACT YEAR" to teach social studies to 5th grade students in Fort Worth.
Traditional schooling systems are proving to be suboptimal learning environments for many students of color. Black parents bear witness to the myriad of problems their children face at school and are becoming increasingly frustrated with the inability to implement positive and constructive change. Many understand the immense value an education provides and understand its empowering effects in the lives of their children. However, as traditional systems of education fail their children, they feel they have no alternative options.
As a Black mother, Myiesha experienced this ﬁrst-hand. As she noticed her daughter, Haley, lose her passion for learning in public school, she made the bold decision to simply pull her out and homeschool her. Homeschooling
is fraught with myths and misconceptions and with this how-to guide, memoir fusion, Haley and Myiesha offer insight and enlighten readers on the “real deal” of homeschooling. Primarily that homeschooling is a mindset—a mindset that can be incorporated into all aspects of child-rearing. There are many options and opportunities to incorporate a homeschooling mindset, even if a family utilizes the public school system.
This how-to homeschool guide includes:
The Homeschooling Mindset
Benefits of Homeschooling
What Does It Take To Homeschool
How To Start Your Homeschool
Preparing For College
Publisher: Taylored Publishing
Format: Paperback, 194 pages
Published: January 2019
IN THE PRESS
I would advise parents to not stress. Realize that this crisis homeschooling is not true homeschooling. As such, you aren’t going to be able to be as effective. Homeschooling parents during non-pandemic quarantines spend much of our time outside the home. Our children are in many activities that range from speech and debate to city youth orchestra. Our children are in theater, and on sports teams, they take music lessons, and have swim practice. Parents cannot teach a child everything they need to know, so outside experts are invited into the lives of our children by way of homeschool classes, seminars, math clubs, and tutors. Most of this is not available during quarantine. And resorting to full-time online isn’t necessarily healthy.
- Myiesha Taylor, MD
Homeschooling during the coronavirus crisis is a teachable moment, family says
The novel coronavirus pandemic has turned frantic parents into overwhelmed teachers as schools have been closed for the foreseeable future.
Homeschooling is not a task that they’re prepared for — finding resources to supplement assignments while working from home — and a reality they’ve found hard to adjust to.
These parents are not part of the parent-led education system that currently enrolls 2.5 million students nationally, according to The National Home Education Research Institute.
Instead, some of these flustered parents are calling for help and binge-watching beginner crash courses on Youtube.
For William Schiltz and Dr. Myiesha Taylor, they could provide an everyday guide. Or even suggest the book, “The Homeschool Alternative,” which was co-written by Taylor and her 17-year-old daughter Haley Carolyn Taylor Schlitz.