Yvette: Homeschooling as Split-Schooling—Homeschooling One of Two

  • Cheryl Fields-SmithEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Alternative Education book series (PSAE)


From the UK, Yvette is a 28-year-old mother of two sons. She describes her hopes and dreams when deciding to come to the USA to work on her bachelor’s degree including anticipated benefits for her children. However, Yvette’s narrative documents her very experiences trying to advocate each son. She enrolled both children in two different public schools (one a charter school), but details why she decided to homeschool one son, but not the other. As a Black immigrant, Yvette’s account also demonstrates that notions of the “Black Elevated Minority,” which is usually prescribed to non-American, Black ethnics, do not always apply. As a full-time student, Yvette found creative ways to accomplish her split-schooling practice including entrepreneurship and outsourcing to a homeschool school-like organization.


Black elevated minority Black ethnic Black immigrant Entrepreneurship Outsourcing Split-schooling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Theory and PracticeUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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