Compiled by Hanlie Wentzel on 2 April 2014.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ~ William Butler Yeats
To educate a man in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society. ~ President Theodore Roosevelt
Parents give up their rights when they drop the children off at public school. ~ Melinda Harmon, U.S. Federal Judge, 1996
The state will take youth and will give to youth its own education and its own upbringing. Your child already belongs to us… What are you? ~ Adolf Hitler
The battle for humankind’s future must be won in the public schools by teachers who correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old & the new, the rotting corpse of Christianity with all its adjacent evils & misery, and the new faith. ~ John Dunphy, The Humanist magazine
An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art. All of these responses come from the place where we want to make the child into the best adult possible, not in the ancient Greek sense of virtuous and wise, but in the sense of one who is an efficient part of the machinery of society. But on all these counts, soul is neglected. ~ Thomas Moore
Our Lord wants us all to be the leaven in the dough of society. But He wants us to do this when we are properly prepared. Our job as parents is to prepare our children to be ready for the service to which God will call them. We need to furnish the children’s minds and hearts with the true, the good and the beautiful, so that they may speak “in season and out of season” of the faith they have been given. (Laura Berquist “Character Formation” Sursum Corda Fall 1998)
1. Reasons to Homeschool – Bringing the children home
Bring Them Home
There are a variety of reasons to homeschool your children and any one you choose is valid! While there are many parents who believe that schools are doing a fabulous job with their children, there are an equal number of parents who find that a school has failed their child for one reason or another.
“Failed” does not refer to a pass mark for a grade but rather that they have failed to realise that each child is an individual or that each particular child learns differently to others, or even that the child has been bullied by peers. But in classes of 35 – 40 children, how can a teacher cater for each child?
Home education offers parents the chance to hone their child’s gifting and talents and then raise them in their weaker areas to an acceptable standard. Homeschooling also allows parents to interact on a deeper heart level where their children’s characters can be moulded as they spend time together in the home environment.
Homeschooling is much more than just a choice for academics! People homeschool for different reasons, for example:
•Your child has been hurt emotionally through peers or teachers at school
•You feel it is God’s calling on your life as parents
•Your child has a specific learning difficulty, like ADD or ADHD, and you believe that you can help him or her better at home
•You are concerned with the content of the current South African education curriculum
All of these reasons are valid and are good reasons to investigate home education as an option for your family. There are also many others, but once you have decided…where do you go from here?
The first step is making the decision to bring them home. The process of doing this is as simple as contacting the school, informing them of your decision and receiving from them the required transfer forms.
And then what should you do?
1. Nothing. DO NOT TEACH. You will be surprised to discover that your children will learn more (than at school) without you teaching them. They may not be filling pages of a workbook, but this does not mean that they are not learning.
2. DO NOT RUSH TO BUY A CURRICULUM. Invest money in retraining YOURSELF and learning about homeschooling. Attend seminars, workshops, invest in homeschool parenting books, surf the internet and learn as much as you can about other models of learning, besides the classroom+teacher+text book scenario. Records of a homeschool consultant shows that 85% of families in SA change their curriculum after 2 years as its not working or they have found a better way to homeschool. Don’t waste money on something that you don’t need and that will probably be the wrong choice your family.
3. Become part of the homeschool community, both offline in your neighborhood and online. There are dozens of e-groups, Facebook groups and other forums to join. Ask questions and learn from more experienced homeschooling families and try to avoid the common pitfalls of so many.
In this way, you will be spending time and money learning about home education so that you can base what you choose to do on the experiences of others, not your own limited experience of schooling.
A Living Education, A Handbook for South African Homeschoolers – Wendy Young
Successful Homeschool Family Handbook – Raymond and Dorothy Moore
Educating the Wholehearted Child – Clay and Sally Clarkson
1. Homeschooling and the law – PDF: http://www.pestalozzi.org/standaarddokumente/2_Legal_considerations.pdf
2. Deschooling – Your first 6 weeks to three months
3. Parenting and spending quality time together
4. Learning styles, philosophies and methods in the
5. Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum – essential tips to avoid
Homeschooling Curriculum Guide
6. Organization 101
7. Preventing Burnout
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