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"
They will also exclude them from groups or just completely ignore them. The message is: 'You are so horrible, I will not even acknowledge your existence.'
Parents have told me that they have approached the administration in schools and they have been told, "We take this very seriously and we are dealing with the situation." However the bullying continues.
Some people argue that children who are being bullied should develop strategies to deal with the bullies. I am amazed that they would say that. When you think about it, it is not what we expect much older and experienced adults to do.
If you said, "You should learn to deal with it.", to someone complaining about harassment in the workplace you would be likely to be up for compensation claims down the track.
This French anti-bullying video graphically demonstrates how the type of behaviour, which occurs regularly at school would look like, if it happened in the workplace. How would the boss look in court if he said, "We were addressing the issue and helping the employee to develop strategies to deal with his colleagues." A multi-million dollar pay out would likely result.
Fortunately there is an alternative. Home education will immediately remove a child from the bad environment.
The child will regain their natural confidence and joy in life. You control the social environment and can allow your child to join in with the many events in the home education community. Check out our events page.
We have had parents say after only six weeks, "It is like I have my little girl back again"
Do not put up with excuses and inaction from a school. Start homeschooling today!
Click here to see the article in the West Australian newspaper.