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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.
At 17 years-old, Haley Taylor Schlitz just finished her first year of law school at 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 pursuing a career as an attorney where she hopes to advocate for greater access to gifted and talented programs for students of color and girls.
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
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.