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Another Interview with Beverley
by Bianca, Year 12 Student, Adelaide

1. Do you approve of home schooling?

Absolutely. My three children were homeschooled. We homeschooled for nineteen years.

2. Why do you think some adults/children choose home schooling over'institutional' schooling?

A variety of reasons. The reasons families chose to begin or continue homeschooling tend to change over time as the benefits become more apparent. Some of the reasons, cited in research include:

  • A marked lack of confidence in state related institutions, with a tendency toward conservative view points;
  • Lack of direct influence in determining curriculum and school agendas;
  • Opposition to the ideological content of school programs and/or methodology used;
    Conflicting value orientations of home and schools;
  • Need for individualised attention for children with special needs (gifted and talented and specific learning problems);
  • Focus on perceived gains in social development from home education, with a strong emphasis on family unity and relationships;
  • Concern with declining academic standards in schools;
  • Perceived lack of availability of educational programs to suit individual children's learning needs, styles, rates and interests;
  • Avoidance of negative peer influences and damaging socialisation experiences;
    Perceived lack of attention in schools to holistic development of children, including spiritual:
  • Strong parental sense of primary responsibility for children's education, with a need to have access to, and some control over, their children's educational experiences as a strong motivational factor;
  • Offers solutions to present or potential educational problems, sometimes as a result of deterioration of communications and hostile relationships between families and schools;
  • Parents' own educational experiences, or memories of unhappy or unsuccessful personal experiences of schooling;
  • High cost of alternative and private schooling, including correspondence education;
    Lack of educational and schooling choice in local area;
  • Opposition to the competitive nature of schooling, grading or testing;
  • Perceived gains in autonomous home learning programs, independent study skills and higher student motivation;
  • The development in parents of a stronger sense of satisfaction with their own lives through directing their children's education;
  • Home education offers a natural learning and socialising environment as opposed to the contrived and artificial environments and learning programs of schools.

3. Why did you choose home schooling over 'institutiional' schooling?

Initially it was because we wanted to continue to be with our daughter as we had done for the previous five years, plus we wanted to be involved in her education more than the local school would allow. We'd participated in Playgroup and Kindergarten as volunteers in the classroom and wanted to continue in the same manner. The school was inflexible. We discovered homeschooling and gave that a try and were exceptionally happy with the outcomes.

4. Do you think that home schooling affects the development of social behaviours? Why?

Absolutely. It enhances social behaviour and results in better socialised young people. The results - personally experienced, not only in my own family but also in the hundreds of homeschooling families I've talked to over the last two decades, as well as in well-documented university research studies here and overseas - show that home educated children have greater levels of self confidence and self esteem, usually know what they want to do when they 'graduate', are usually already working, either part time or voluntary, and make the transition to tertiary education more smoothly than schooled students. Homeschooling tends to build stronger and more respectful family ties - family members become and remain friends throughout childhood and adolescence and into the adult years.

5. Do you think home schooling affects children in any other way?

Homeschooled kids seem to know their own minds and learning preferences better and seem able to focus on tasks without supervision better than a lot of schooled kids. They play more, both at home and with friends. Parents of homeschooled children go out of the their way to create social opportunities with other homeschooling familes - picnics, sleepovers, camps, excursions, activities, group lessons, etc - everything school kids get. There are strong support groups in every capital in each and in most country regions now.

6. Is home schooling beneficial or detrimental to young students?

I'd say beneficial to 99% of children, even if they do it for only a term or a year. A few children and families find it difficult and school is always a second option for them.

7. Do you feel that there are any advantages of home schooling?

Yes. The number of research studies demonstrating the effectiveness of home learning for academic and social success increase each year. For many families the unintended outcomes far outweigh perceived academic benefits. These following homeschooling outcomes, combined from national and international research including John Peacock's major Australian study, The Why and How of Home Education in Australia, have been consistently listed:

  • closer family relationships, with children playing a more positive and significant role in family life, and an emphasis on family making skills;
  • parental personal fulfilment and increased learning opportunities for parents as well as children;
  • greater understanding of personal responsibility;
  • natural fostering of co-operative and team behaviours;
  • an empowering process for both parents and children;
  • greater freedom from arbitrary time limits such as terms and year levels to pursue educational activities and interests;
  • increased opportunity for one to one interaction with more skilled peers or parents, which lead to cognitive challenges and gains;
  • children are able to ask more questions, with more time allowed for answers to be found, leading to increased motivation for learning;
  • children and parents engage in more complex language in the home learning environment compared with classroom settings, and this improves the intellectual and language development of children;
  • children have been consistently shown to rate equal to or higher than average on standardised achievement tests in the USA;
  • home educated children's self concept has been shown to be significantly higher than schooled children, indicating that home education does not socially deprive children but produces socially well adjusted young people;
  • children are less peer oriented;
  • increased involvement in community activities;
    greater attainment of independent learning skills, self-motivation and organisational abilities.

Schools promise of 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. Homeschooling families find failure an unacceptable outcome. The drive to succeed in the homeschooling endeavour is very high, with parents continuously searching for better and more successful methods, resources and outcomes. Unlike teachers, parents are directly accountable to the homeschooled student, in an immediate way, every day. Problems with education are not left to fester indefinitely. Homeschooling allows considerable flexibility in delivering excellence in education - flexibility schools can't match.

8. Do you feel that there are any disadvantages of home schooling?

The main disadvantage is discrimination. Homeschooled students are denied access to educational resources and funding. They can't get Youth Allowance or Austudy when they turn 16. This places undue financial hardship on many homeschooling families. As from July next year homeschooling will get difficult for single parent families as the parent will be forced to work part time and this will make it really hard to care for and educate their children at home. Sometimes it is hard to make ends meet as usually home educated families are single income families - they miss out on many of the luxuries that double income families enjoy.

Strong support groups and networks have largely eliminated most of the disadvantages my family had to cope with. There are now many more homeschoolers to socialise with; lots of support in online forums and newsletters; excursions and social activities happening every day of the week in the metropolitan area; easy access to specialised homeschooling resources provided by educational businesses owned and operated by long term homeschoolers; and greater recognition by the wider community of the effectiveness and success of home education generally. We can usually get group discounts to most school events and festivals, museums, etc, now which used to be difficult.

9. Do you think that children receive the same level of education when they are home schooled?

Most more and better, some about the same. Most homeschool children specialise earlier. A lot move into the work place via TAFE, traineeships or placements sooner. Quite a few are entering university at 15+. Some start small businesses, or begin adult life working in their families businesses while they study at tertiary level. Some choose to travel. Few opt for the dole - most contribute to society in whatever way they can. There is a strong committment to volunteering in homeschooling families and this usually begins in childhood as a family practice. The education homeschooled kids get isn't the same as school kids - it's usually tailored to the child's individual learning style and needs. This makes them better able to tackle whatever adult life has to offer.

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