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School’s in at home as more parents opt out, 4 September 2007, The West Australian, Perth, Australia
Home schooling is gaining popularity among Perth parents, with new figures revealing an increase of nearly 20 per cent in the number of children being taught at home in the past five years.
Education Department figures show there are 916 children from the metropolitan area registered as home schooled students this year, compared with 771 in 2003. The biggest jump was between 2006 and 2007, with an increase of 92 students.
Most people assumed that homeschooled children missed out on socialisation.
“But it’s really not a problem,” she said. “They’re socialising with children beyond their own age and a lot of adults. There is positive and negative socialisation and I think they get a lot less of the negative and more of the positive.”
Edith Cowan University education head Greg Robson said the added value available at schools was difficult to match in a home environment.
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