HomeSchool Christian Academy

A ministry of HomeSchool Christian Colleges Inc.

 

NSW Parliamentary Enquiry on Home Schooling

The NSW parliamentary report on home schooling, was released last week and contains some recommendations that have drawn harsh criticism from the home education community and the Director of Homeschool Christian Academy Mr. Stuart Chapman. 

A summary of the recommendations with commentary is given below: 

Recommendation 1

That relevant provisions of the Education Act 1990 be amended to ensure the practice of home schooling is referred to as non-institution based education.

Good. No problem here.  

Recommendation 2

That the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards commission research into ‘unschooling’ as an educational approach used by some members of the home schooling population, with a focus on whether this approach achieves acceptable education outcomes for the child.

Bad;  This is based on the concerns of the committee that ‘unschooling’ may result in poor education outcomes. However, are not parents the best ones to judge what is working for their child, rather than extremely highly paid, unelected bureaucrats that neither know nor love the children concerned?  

What are these so-called acceptable outcomes for students? Will the government clearly define them? Will the government sack teachers and close schools when a number of students do not meet these standards or will they continue to be hypocrites and impose higher standards on parents who home educate?  Will such research take into consideration the harm that previous school education has done to children?  

Home School Stats for Australia 2013

Annual Home Education Registration Statistics for Australia

By Stuart Chapman

The updated results for 2013 are given below:

Annual Numbers of Registered Home Educated Students in Australia in each

State and Territory 2011-2013

State

2011Home  Ed Students

2012 Home Ed Students

% Inc

11-12

2013 Home

Ed Students

% Inc

12-13

School Students in each state 2013

% Home Ed Stud of school pop 2013

 

ACT

136

167

23

166

0

63,209

0.26

NSW

2443

2763

13

3327

20

1,152,551

0.29

NT

51

56

10

62

10

40,409

0.15

Qld

891

951

7

1108

17

761,411

0.15

SA

891

1000

12

1025

3

261,148

0.39

TAS

603

660

9

745

13

79,632

0.94

Vic

3300

3430

4

3718

8

881,150

0.42

WA

1806

1889

5

2211

17

385,095

0.57

Total

10121

10916

8

12362

13

3,624,605

0.34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Does the Research Say?

I had the privilege of hearing this presentation by Dr Brian Ray at the Global Home Education Conference in Berlin in 2012.

As the number of home educated students exceeds two million in the USA, the research mostly comes from North America.    

While anecdotal stories are powerful, good research carries far more weight when presenting a case to governments or critics.

You are Very Brave to Homeschool!

Many home educators have heard this comment by concerned friends and relations. The implication of course, is that you are almost reckless to attempt, what only a vast array of trained professionals can do with the resources of a school with science laboratories, sports facilities and woodwork classes.  

At first, a home educator may be taken aback and ask, "Wow, have I taken on too much? Can I do this?  Am I crazy?  Will my children be disadvantaged?" 

These thoughts can be quite challenging and so we recommend potential home educators to consider: 

Homeschooling an Alternative to Bullying

I was recently contacted by a West Australian newspaper reporter about the rise in homeschooling due to bullying.   The biggest reason parents cite for pulling their children out of school is bullying behaviour.  

When I did the statistics of those joining our Homeschool network, I was surprised to find that 75% of those students, who were bullied were girls, and that they were often in lower secondary. 

This seems to be the age that girls are most brutal and nasty.   They will walk past other girls they don't like and say, "You're fat, you're ugly, we all hate you"