Exploring Single Black Mothers' Resistance Through Homeschooling

  • Cheryl Fields-Smith

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Alternative Education book series (PSAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Cheryl Fields-Smith
    Pages 43-60
  3. Cheryl Fields-Smith
    Pages 61-82
  4. Cheryl Fields-Smith
    Pages 105-126
  5. Cheryl Fields-Smith
    Pages 127-145
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-148

About this book


This book expands the concept of homeplace with contemporary Black homeschooling positioned as a form of resistance among single Black mothers. Chapters explore each mother’s experience and unique context from their own perspectives in deciding to homeschool and developing their practice. It corroborates many of the issues that plague the education of Black children in America, including discipline disproportionality, frequent referrals to special education services, teachers’ low expectations, and the marginalization of Black parents as partners in traditional schools. This book demonstrates how single mothers experience the inequity in school choice policies and also provides an understanding of how single Black mothers experience home-school partnerships within traditional schools. Most importantly, this volume challenges stereotypical characterizations of who homeschools and why.


minority education parental involvement Black homeschooling single mothers School Choice

Authors and affiliations

  • Cheryl Fields-Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational Theory and PracticeUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-42563-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-42564-7
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