Thursday, February 16, 2006

Homeschooling thoughts...

LOL, well, I published this post without even typing out my thoughts... That's pretty symptomatic of where my mind is at the moment - all over the place!

Just read this article:
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=4152 on On Line Opinion, about the outcomes for homeschoolers in situations where the parents were able to homeschool as they saw fit, even if the representatives of the relevant Education Department felt the parents were neglecting their children's education... It's an inspiring article, all the kids sound as though they've done really well both academically and socially. And the parents don't read like they spent hours a day drilling their kids, in fact, they sound like us in their approach - at least what is intimated...

I also went to
http://www.homeoflearning.com (an Australian forum for homeschooling support and resources), and they have a new shop open, with some cool stuff in it, like these baseball shirts: http://www.cafepress.com/homeoflearning.45438833... I definitely want some of these products!

All this stuff uplifts me, it really does, I see this stuff and I'm so happy we've made the choices we've made for our kids... I'm mean, look at my boys here, this was taken this morning, they're curled up in my armchair together, wearing nothing but undies, and playing and chatting about anything and everything... Later today we've planned more baking, which they love. How many other school aged kids (well, Luey isn't quite schooled age, but soon), get to do this kind of stuff on a Thursday, during term... All kids should have the opportunity if their parents want them to, without the fear of Government intervention!


Then on Monday we were at homeschooling group, and talking to other parents who have been more intensely involved in the debate over the proposed changes to the Victorian Education Acts, and that was really quite depressing. Politics on the whole are depressing, but it seems that changes, this time around, are fairly inevitable. Some people are claiming we could be fined $400 a day for not registering, other say it's $104 per day, but we don't know if that is per child or per family...

Registering might be the way to go, but then we don't know what will be required for those who register. I have heard it could be as little as an annual assessment, but then I've also heard they could go as far as to require testing of the child (eg exams) every 6 months and that the family follow a proscribed curriculum (which even schools don't have to do)... I'm kind of wishing we could be done with all this waiting and speculation and just get on with dealing with whatever eventuates...

I just received and opened Dave's redundancy confirmation letter, effective as of yesterday (though that doesn't mean he'll leave work just yet)... Payment won't arrive for a couple of weeks yet... This is truly going to be a year of changes for all of us!

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