It’s never good when the title starts out with this: Concerns over lack of checks as home schooling rate booms in Victoria
This isn’t sounding any better in the sub-heading: THE number of children being home-schooled in Victoria is skyrocketing but, unlike other states, there are no checks in place to monitor standards.
Therese Allaoui’s article in the The Australian Herald Sun has a couple of issues with homeschooling. Here’s one:
In Victoria, these checks do not exist.
Instead, parents are required only to register their children and sign a yearly commitment form.
“It is a requirement of registration that parents must commit to providing regular and efficient instruction that substantially addresses eight learning areas,” Mr Teather said.
If the parents register and fulfill ‘regular and efficient instruction substantially addressing eight learning areas’, they’re doing plenty. More fun and educational activities could be in order. If they didn’t have to satisfy some bureaucrat with busy paperwork. It’s a proven fact these excessive rules and regulations are unnecessary for a child’s education.
Then there’s the child psychologist who warns against this homeschooling trend.
Ms McCormack, who briefly home-schooled her children before putting them in school, said although home-schooling could be beneficial for gifted children, it could have detrimental social effects.
“There is potential for a lack of routine and discipline,” Ms McCormack said.
“Home-schooled children don’t have the social interaction and immediacy of peers during the day.”
Home-schooled children were not exposed to a range of opinions from adults other than their parents.
Her children were missing out on the social interaction – school bullying. Peer immediacy is over-rated unless you’re hanging out with your family before heading out to the playground or going about your daily business outside a classroom. Where do they find this disgruntled woman? A certain It’s a shame they didn’t talk with the local homeschoolers. I found them half a world away.
Psychologist Peter Gray has a few thoughts and gathered research on social interactions and healthy child development