Parents unhappy with traditional system turn to home school, 4 November 2007, Melbourne Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia
THOUSANDS of Victorian parents are pulling their children out of schools to educate them at home.
About 10,000 children are being educated this way – and the number is growing fast.
Critics believe home education lacks the sense of community and the schoolyard’s rough-and-tumble that could teach resilience.
Victorian Principals Association president Fred Ackerman said home education could not match the benefits of traditional schooling.
Supporters say home education embraces individuality and keeps children away from drugs and alcohol.
Victorian Home Education Network co-ordinator Lyn Luxton said she received at least three calls a week from parents who had withdrawn their children from state and private schools.
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