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HEA Gets it Wrong Regarding Ex-Teachers Keen to Support Home Educating Families
They're keen to meet long standing existing needs as well as new needs currently emerging in our home educating community. And, from the conversations I've had with quite a few teachers leaving the school system in the last few months, they are keen to learn as much as they can about the nature of home education, how they can be a part of this vibrant, established community.
Change can be challenging and hard to embrace. Hundreds of thousands of families have experienced a version of homeschooling over the past 2 years during periods of lockdown. And just as many teachers have discovered different ways of engaging with their students.
Whereas once home education was often viewed with suspicion many teachers have caught a glimpse of what it can be - and already is for thousands of experienced home educating families. They're starting to get a taste of the freedom and flexibility that is home education and are excited by the potential to be part of this thriving, vibrant alternative.
A door has been opened. Yes, it is a bit chaotic at the moment, but the home education movement is decades old and robust. And tried and proven models of engagement with our community do exist and there are many home educators ready to embrace and accept this change.
The current management committee of the HEA has once again demonstrated how out of touch it is with our home educating community.
Beverley Paine, HEA member 2003-2004, 2007-2018, regular volunteer, served on committee and various subcommittees, state chapter foundation member, newsletter editor, magazine editor and producer. She revoked her life membership after a hostile takeover of the association by a small group of members in 2018.
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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
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