July 5, 2020

Latest posts from Home Education Foundation

The Myth that Americans Were Poorly Educated before Mass Government Schooling

Early America had widespread literacy and a vibrant culture of learning.

Parents the world over are dealing with massive adjustments in their children’s education that they could not have anticipated just three months ago. To one degree or another, pandemic-induced school closures are creating the “mass homeschooling” that FEE’s senior education fellow Kerry McDonald predicted two months ago. Who knows, with millions of youngsters absent from government school classrooms, maybe education will become as good as it was before the government ever got involved.

“What?” you exclaim! “Wasn’t education lousy or non-existent before government mandated it, provided it, and subsidized it? That’s what my government schoolteachers assured me so it must be true,” you say!

The fact is, at least in early America, education was better and more widespread than most people today realize or were ever told. Sometimes it wasn’t “book learning” but it was functional and built for the world most young people confronted at the time. Even without laptops and swimming pools, and on a fraction of what government schools spend today, Americans were a surprisingly learned people in our first hundred years.

I was reminded a few days ago of the amazing achievements of early American education while reading the enthralling book by bestselling author Stephen Mansfield, Lincoln’s Battle With God: A President’s Struggle With Faith and What It Meant for America. It traces the spiritual journey of America’s 16th president—from fiery atheist to one whose last words to his wife on that tragic evening at Ford’s Theater were a promise to “visit the Holy Land and see those places hallowed by the footsteps of the Savior.”

In a moment, I’ll cite a revealing, extended passage from Mansfield’s book but first, I’d like to offer some excellent, related works that come mostly from FEE’s own archives.

In 1983, Robert A. Peterson’s “Education in Colonial America” revealed some stunning facts and figures. “The Federalist Papers, which are seldom read or understood today…..read the rest of the article here:

https://fee.org/articles/the-myth-that-americans-were-poorly-educated-before-mass-government-schooling/

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate

‘Worldviews in Conflict: Christianity vs Humanism’

An email from Renton Maclachlan

Greetings

I thought you may be interested in my new 13 part video series:

‘Worldviews in Conflict: Christianity vs Humanism’.

It looks at what a worldview is, how we got the one we have, and the fact the Bible presents to us a worldview. It then addresses in a very accessible way the Biblical and Humanistic worldviews. At every opportunity the series utilises animated graphics, videos, and images, to illustrate the spoken word.

Below is a link to its dedicated website:

worldviewsonline.com

The website has a number of short preview clips from the series. The individual episodes vary in length with the total viewing time of the series being 5.5 hours. 

There are two options for purchase….one download only, and the other download plus the series on an attractive credit card size Flash Drive.

Extras on the site include a variety of articles illustrating a Biblical worldview approach to various subjects.

The series is suitable for personal, and group study. On the website under ‘Resources’ are some suggestions on how it could be used.

I would appreciate it if you could pass this email on to all and sundry, especially any who you think may be interested.

All the best

Renton Maclachlan

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate

Information on U.E/tertiary options for home educated students needed

From Cynthia Hancox: http://www.cynthiahancox.com/uploads/1/8/7/6/18766422/4363693.jpg

Do you have a child who has gained entry to University (or Polytech) in the last 3 or so years, or struggled to do so? I need your help….(please share with regional groups)
I’m planning to write up current information on U.E/tertiary options for homeschool students. Things have changed quite a bit in the last few years, with entry to uni and in some cases polytechs becoming tougher, at least on the face of it. I would love to hear from anyone who is willing to share:
*What uni/polytech their child gained entry to
*What degree or program of study they entered
*How old they were, and in what year they gained entry
*How they gained entry – what qualification or other options were used to meet entry requirements?

If your child could NOT gain entrance to their choice of tertiary program, I’d like to hear about your experiences too.

If you could please send this information to me via my Contact page, it would be greatly appreciated. http://www.cynthiahancox.com/contact.html

Your information will be used to inform me as I check current options and write them up. No personal stories or information will be shared, unless I have your express permission to do so and it is relevant to what I write up. Data may be collated and shared as totals – eg X number of homeschool students gained entry via Y out of those responding.

http://www.cynthiahancox.com/contact.html

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate


Home education Statistics 2019

As at 1 July 2019, there were 6,573 home schooled students. These students belong to 3,597 families and represent 0.8% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2019.

The number of home educators in New Zealand has been increasing over the last few years. In fact this is the highest number of home educators in New Zealand since statistics began in 1998 when there were 4909 children, and less than 100 children when we began in 1985. First line is Males, second line is females and the third is the total home educators in New Zealand.

1985 less than 100 children home educating

1998
2,568 Males
2,341 Females
4,909 Total
2013201420152016201720182019
2,7442,7852,7862,9323,0333,2323,352
2,7772,7702,7722,9052,9753,0663,221
5,5215,5555,5585,8376,0086,2986,573







More statistics:

Homeschooling Turnover

Between 1 July 2018 and 1 July 2019 there was an overall net increase of 275 students; 1,347 students entered into homeschooling and 1,072 students finished homeschooling.

The average age of the 1,347 students entering into homeschooling was 9 years old, 82.6% were aged 12 or under and 1.1% were age 16 or above…

The average age of the 1,072 students finishing homeschooling was 13 years old, 44.8% were aged 12 or under, and 23.5% were 16-years old or above. Of the students finishing homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2019, 28% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 37.9% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years, and 12.2% had been in homeschooling for 10 years or more. The average time spent in homeschooling of leaving students was 3.9 years.

One-on-One Tables

The box below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to homeschooling turnover.

For more information:

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate

Learning From Home

From Cynthia Hancox:

Quite a few folks are wondering whether/how we as home educators can access the resources the Ministry is providing for students under lockdown. 

The resources the govt is rolling out are targeted at students enrolled in schools or ECEs, as those are the students the govt is responsible to deliver teaching/resources to. Home educated students do not have the right or ability to access most of those resources on an individual basis. However, some of the resources are being delivered on public platforms, and there is nothing whatsoever preventing home educated students from taking advantage of them. These could include the 6 hours a day of broadcast content over the dedicated tv channels (and on demand), the resources and links on the Ministry’s website and so on. 

We cannot, however, expect to be able to get access to free devices, supported internet provision, or hardpacks of printed resources, stationery etc. Nor to have teachers send us stuff and tell us what our kids should be learning/doing at this time. 

Ultimately, I think we as home educators are in a good position – we can, as always, have the freedom to choose our children’s program of learning etc, and we can tap into some of the additional online resources if we wish, while they last. We should also remember that this is not something they’re rolling out as an on-going, long term option; eg the tv broadcasting is only funded for a month, with review after that. Schools will resume, though maybe not all at once. All of what is being offered is a stop-gap measure to ensure they are delivering some kind of educational content to students in the meantime. It’s not a roll-out of “great learning at home alternatives” to replace schoolrooms as such, though lessons learned may well shape some of what they offer in the future. 

So, we can pick and choose some of the useful online content, or maybe learn about things that have been there all along we just weren’t aware of before which may be useful going forward, but remain in control and responsible for determining, directing, and resourcing our children’s programs of learning as the parents of exempt students. By following some of the links on this site you can find some resources that are accessible and may be useful: https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/

Note: I know that some of our families have both exempt and enrolled students. They should, of course, be able to access resources for their enrolled students on the same basis as any other family.

From Cynthia Hancox http://www.cynthiahancox.com/homeschooling.html

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate

Isolation education/unschooling/schooling

A reminder, especially to those new here, we are all Isolation Educating/Unschooling/Schooling.

This is not Home Education/Unschooling/Schooling.

Home Education/Unschooling looks so very different with so very different support networks. We are all missing the groups we used to attend, the meet ups we used to enjoy etc. That is so for, us as parents, and for our children.

This Post is about the current lockdown and and how we can get encouragement and make education work for our families while we are all in lockdown – for those who are wanting to home educate, unschool, looking into bringing children home in the long run, or would rather have their children in school (or have no alternative but have their children in school).  

We want to be sharing with each other how we are making Isolation Education/Unschooling/Schooling work.

Please share what is working for you.

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate

Home Educators & the Ministry (COVID-19 Lockdown)

Cynthia Hancox has been working behind the scenes to find out what is happening with exemption applications and declarations:

Many folk are asking questions about what happens with exemption applications, and declarations during this shut down period. Cynthia Hancox emailed all regional offices, and received feedback from each one. The national office has also put a brief update on their Home Education webpages. Here’s what you need to know:

Please visit Cynthia’s link to get the answers you are looking for: http://www.cynthiahancox.com/information/home-educators-the-ministry-covid-19-lockdown?fbclid=IwAR1GFiD0IxOxfvX4-cqklBMueu6KkhINv9tkizNURd-wPkBA4VhvfrosM88

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate

Coronavirus Has Parents Looking at Homeschooling

This is a USA news report but there is a lot of things helpful for those in New Zealand And Australia looking to home educate because of COVID-19.

“Homeschooling doesn’t have to be a stop-gap measure,” writes HSLDA President Mike Smith in an op-ed published by the Washington Examiner. “In fact, millions of students have discovered how home education empowers them to thrive.”
READ IT NOW >>https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/coronavirus-has-parents-looking-at-homeschooling

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading



URGENT: Education Bill 2020 Submissions – How To and Examples

How are you going in writing your submission for the Education Bill?

Information about the Bill was posted in January this year https://hef.org.nz/2020/education-and-training-bill-193-1-submissions-close-on-the-14th-feb-2020/

It is now getting URGENT to get our submissions in with only eight days left until submissions close.

Cynthia Hancox has put together an additional post with simple instructions on how to make a submission, and some examples. Please write a submission – only eight days to go until submissions close 14 February 2020!

http://www.cynthiahancox.com/information/education-bill-submissions-how-to-and-examplesh

Do you need help writing your submission? I am sure there will be people willing to help you. Just leave a message in the comments or email me hef.barbara@gmail.com.

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate

Education and Training Bill 193—1 – submissions close on the 14th Feb 2020.

There is a sweeping education legislation review before NZ parliament at the moment. The “Education and Training Bill 193—1” is at the select committee stage and submissions close on the 14th Feb 2020.

Cynthia Hancox has put up much about this bill on her website and is continuing to link different parts of the bill to her articles.

  1. Cynthia’s main article about the need for submissions about the omission of the right of appeal, as well as touching on the ELX issue, and giving links to legislation, how to make a submission etc: http://www.cynthiahancox.com/information/urgent-action-needed-education-and-training-bill
  2. A summary of the sections of the Bill that either directly apply to home educators, or will be of interest to the wider related group, including Christians and people passionate about education. Sections of Law of Interest to Home Educators http://www.cynthiahancox.com/information/sections-of-law-of-interest-to-home-educators-1
  3. A more detailed article around the Early Leaving Exemptions issue – Early Leaving Exemptions (ELX) – Issues and Solution. http://www.cynthiahancox.com/information/early-leaving-exemptions-elx-issues-and-solution

This is all a work still in progress. Cynthia is still working on all of this and she also wants to write an “in a nutshell” guide to what and how to make the submission.

It would be great if many of us put in submissions. We don’t have much time with submissions closing February 14, 2020. Cynthia has done all the hard work for us, so go to the links above to find plenty of material for your submissions.

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
And
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
and
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate


Homeschool Summit Encore on now

From the Homeschool Summit:

“We are delighted to welcome you to a Homeschool Summits encore!

“We were so grateful to host the Homeschool Family Relationships Summit last week as over 23,000 families were encouraged by the Word of God to communicate with truth and grace, strengthen our families’ unity even through conflict, and lead our families to become a world-changing force for the kingdom of God in the power of His Spirit.

“We hoped to reach as many families as we could with this great content — all part of our vision to share resources and encouragement with Christian families so they are equipped to pass on the faith to the next generation.

“We wanted to extend the opportunity for families to learn and benefit from the Family Relationships Summit free content, so we decided to open up the entire free event for two more days! While it’s still only available for a limited time (the event closes down on Tuesday night at midnight CST), we hope the additional time will give you the chance to watch a few more of the sessions you were hoping to catch AND share about the event with your friends so they can be equipped and encouraged, too.

Programme in Comments

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Discovery Challenge

For home school students (aged 15-18 years)

Where: 

Great Barrier Island

When:

  • 2 – 15 Feb 2020

APPLY NOW! 

Join us for a 2 week experience of a life time.Face new challenges, develop new skills, build long lasting friendships and discover new passions through this programme designed specifically for students who are home schooled.

The remote wilderness, friendly community and experienced team at Hillary Outdoors combine to provide this residential wilderness experience that you’ll never forget. Our limited access to technology with unsurpassable access to the environment, create the ideal backdrop for a programme full of learning and discovery.

Customised for home school students:

  • Students take part in teams of 10, enabling them to foster a strong team culture and build long lasting friendships
  • Each team is accompanied by an experienced and enthusiastic Hillary Outdoors instructor, who will encourage, challenge and support each individual throughout the programme
  • Each team has input into their programme, helping to select activities which interest and challenge them. This means each programme is tailored to meet the needs of the students
  • The programme includes the opportunity to undertake two level 2 unit standards, for those wanting to add to their record of achievement or get a head start on level 2
  • Pastoral care is provided outside of activity time . This staff member will help students capture and transfer their learning through evening sessions and activities. They are also available 24/7 if participants should have any other needs

For more information about how the programme works and the features, download this leaflet.

Take a look at some testimonials from South Canterbury Home Educators and what their students had to say about participating in a 5 day programme.

Costs and Travel:

$1,760 inc GST per student. This includes all meals, accommodation, activities, instruction, technical equipment, transport from Auckland and all on island transport. Travel will be arranged for participants from Auckland Airport.

Apply today:

Apply by clicking on the button below to register your interest. After you have submitted the online form, one of our team will be in touch to let you know more about the programme and what you will need to provide to complete the application process.

Any questions, please get in touch here.

APPLY NOW! 

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading