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.