- Created: Tuesday, 09 December 2014 21:31
- Written by Stuart Chapman
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:
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.
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?