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Does Homeschooling Work?
For many, the unintended benefits of home educating experienced during the early months and years far outweigh the original reasons parents say motivated them to give it a go. I compiled this list many years ago national and international research including John Peacock's major Australian study, The Why and How of Home Education in Australia (more articles on the benefits of home education can be found at http://theeducatingparent.com/sitemap.html#benefitsanddisadvantages):
Schools promise these outcomes but fail to guarantee achievement for ALL students. Schools continue to fail students, citing many excuses: family problems, individual learning difficulties, lack of adequate resourcing, under-financing by funding bodies. Problems in classrooms persist decade after decade while politicians and bureaucrats continue to shift the blame and experiment without adequate evaluation processes in place.
For home educating parents failure is an unacceptable outcome. The drive to succeed in the home learning environment is very high, with parents continuously searching for better and more successful methods, resources and outcomes to improve their children's educational opportunities and to meet their individual learning needs. Unlike school teachers parents are directly accountable to the student, in an immediate way, every day. Problems with education are not left to fester indefinitely. Home education allows considerable flexibility in delivering excellence in education - flexibility schools can't match.
See the following articles for additional information :
You may like to read a couple of frequently asked question responses Beverley wrote in reply to some emailed questions:
If you want to know more about how Beverley and Robin home educated their children their book, Learning in the Absence of Education (a title picked by their then ten year old son) contains many essays on how their children learned to read, write, spell, how the family managed daily life, dealt with socialisation issues, etc.
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Beverley Paine with her children, and their home educated children, relaxing at home.
Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
The information on this website is of a general nature only and is not intended as personal or professional advice. This site merges and incorporates 'Homeschool Australia' and 'Unschool Australia'.
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