Australia’s Capitol has an increase in home educators.
From The Canberra Times:
More parents take time to create kitchen classroom By Larissa Nicholson
WHEN school starts back this week, there will be no forgotten lunches or fights over homework at one Campbell household.
Shannon and Trude Armstrong are part of a growing group of Canberra parents choosing to educate their children at home.
According to the ACT government’s Education and Training Directorate, 196 students are registered for home education in Canberra this year, a 70 per cent increase on 2010.
There’s the usual naysayer of homeschooling via a University of Canberra professor and “expert in pre-service teacher education and student wellbeing.”
Dr. Hay said he’s for it except when he’s against it:
Dr Hay said he respected parents’ right to educate their children at home and welcomed active interest and involvement in facilitating learning.
But he said there were potential pitfalls with home education and in some cases children missed out on the opportunity to socialise and learn from peers.
Also concerning was the lack of quality control over parents’ teaching compared with that of trained professionals.
Quality control is generally monitored in the home by the parents who love and nurture their children. Trained professionals can seem so impersonal (and inefficient) – like an assembly line.