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The number of families choosing to home educate has risen rapidly in the past few years as parents seek greater flexibility.

It’s no secret that many parents are frustrated with the ‘one size fits all’ approach to education, but a growing number are choosing to take their children out of mainstream education and home educate them instead. The ABC reports that in Western Australia alone, the number of children being home schooled has risen 65% in the last five years,¬†and in other states there has been a significant increase. So would you be willing to educate your children at home?

A Big Responsibility

The decision to take your children out of mainstream education isn’t an easy one, and many parents are deterred by the huge responsibility they face in taking on the schooling of their children. “I don’t have a problem with home schooling, but I think it is a tough job,” former CEO of The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (and now Director General, Department of Education in Western Australia), Lisa Rodgers, said. “It’s highly unlikely that kids will have parents who are able to teach the specialist content across all the curriculum domains.” Those choosing to home school not only need to consider whether it is right for their children, but also whether it is feasible financially, as many parents could not afford to stay home and teach their kids themselves.

Putting Students First

Commenting on Mumsnet post, one homeschool advocate said schools are no longer putting students first. “The more time I spend in schools, the less of a good idea I think they are,” they said. “Too many times I see decisions being made because of money or management and not because of the best interest of the pupils. There is also something about schools that turns children off learning and I find the whole thing quite depressing.”

We definitely think that the school environment is not right for every child as it is currently, especially with the increasing focus on assessment and results, but for many parents, the alternative is personally and financially out of reach.

Have you ever considered home educating your children? Share your story in the comments.

  • There would certainly be some benefits, but also some things i would worry the kids were missing out in.

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  • I see the pros and cons, but not for us.

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  • I was homeschooled and it was good and I valued it, however I just wish there was more social interaction

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  • My job involves working I schools and seeing how the education system works I have definitely considered home schooling my kids when they’re older

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  • I had considered it for my first. However, I know that the breadth that he needs is not to be found at home. He needs to interact with others his age, deal with positive and negative behaviours (and learn not to model his on the negative ones). Plus, I don’t know enough about geography, hahha. He’ll learn from me, but it will complement what he learns at school.

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  • I couldn’t do it and I’d want my child to attend school for the social experiences.

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  • At present I am considering it as the schools in my area are not very good.

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  • I would love to homeschool my children!

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  • It really is about considering all aspects and finding what fits your family best.

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  • I would love to home school my kids but I don’t want them to feel like they missed out on social activities like they would get at school.
    The only reason I thought about home schooling is because of the amount of bullying I see going on these days which I don’t want them to be around.

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  • It’s hard enough to get them to do homework let alone teach them the curriculum. So definitely no.

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  • I think home schooling has a lot of benefits, but I don’t think it would be possible for families with two working parents.

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  • I have thought about this for my now 17 month old son. I’ve considered this, as there are hardly any school options where we live and I hate the fact that so much of schooling now is done on a computer screen. Not sure if I did home schooling, if I can change that. But I also don’t like the idea of how much bullying is out there. I would definitely consider it.


    • I have the same concerns as you. Very limited school options.

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  • I have thought about this for my girls in the future mostly due to the way bullying has increased but not sure they can learn everything they need to from me so will be sending them to school

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  • Not sure i can handle home schooling.

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