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Coming up on Connections: Monday, December 4

Dec 4, 2017

First hour: The African American home-schooling movement

Second hour: Challenges faced by sibling survivors of suicide loss

An increasing number of African American families are turning to homeschooling. Parents say they want to protect their children from institutional racism, and they want their children to learn African American history outside of a Eurocentric curriculum. According to an estimate by the National Home Education Research Institute, the number of African American children who are home-schooled grew by about 10% between 2012 and 2016. That estimate puts the total number of black home-schooled students at more than 200,000. Our guests share their experiences with homeschooling and unschooling:

  • Kasim Wallace, former homeschooler
  • Eileen Graham, homeschooling mother, owner of Perfect Solutions, Educational & Inspirational Products, and program coordinator for Project YOU at School Without Walls
  • Kadara Muhammad, homeschooling mother
  • Akilah Richards, unschooling mother and founding board member of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education

Then in our second hour, each year, more than 44,000 people die by suicide, leaving their friends and family looking for answers. Experts say siblings are often overlooked, and are not receiving the mental health support they need. The Sibling Survivors of Suicide Loss group says about 25,000 people each year become sibling survivors of suicide, and can experience thoughts of taking their own lives. This hour, we'll discuss the challenges siblings face. In studio:

  • Patrick Scahill, founder and chairman of Superfly Corp. 
  • Adrienne Daniels, manager of bereavement services for Lifetime Care
  • Tim Garbach, Meg's Gift