Promoting Home Education
© Beverley Paine, 2005
I like to think that we are all promoting home education as a viable alternative to school-based education by simply DOING it with our children. A friend of mine once said that it is our children, now and when they are grown, that convince others of the effectiveness of home education, and he's right. Our enthusiasm to learn and adapt to our children's changing educational needs, our willingness to research alternative methods, and find different resources that may suit our children better - these are the hallmarks of professional educators. We're doing a great job, albeit quietly and without much fuss or comment.
Some fear that a concerted and enthusiastic campaign to draw attention to the wonderful - and successful - world of home education could draw undesirable attention and result in increased and quite possibly draconian regulation. It's my experience that the 'majority' fear first and think second. I've watched and learned how effective a slow, grass roots movement can change the opinions and actions of the majority. Our individual successes - our homeschooled graduates - mount an incredibly effective and persuasive case for home education. They wipe out the fear factor, because they aren't weirdos or no-hopers - they're more often than not ordinary, well-educated, articulate young men and women. And they are increasing in number rapidly! If people feel really strongly about publicising home education than I reckon the best approach is to start a local homeschooling support group or activity group and publicise that. Have regular meetings in community spaces - a book club that meets at the community library, sports days at the local park, host art classes for everyone during the school holidays...
Education Choices is our first national commercial attempt at getting a regular magazine into newsagents across Australia. Otherways and Learning Matters are two quality magazines produced by homeschooling organisations. These magazines need support and encouragement and the only way to do that is to subscribe - to all three if you can. Then lend your magazines or give them away. Or donate a subscription to your local library. Leave them in laundromats and bus shelters. Whatever. Ask for HEA to send you some leaflets. Photocopy them and leave them in appropriate places. There is a great deal that can be done to promote homeschooling without needing to spend a lot of money.
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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment 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. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
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