October 31, 2014


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Homeschooling Turnover 2005 – 2013

These are the figures that continue to concern us. Each year there are roughly 1000 new home educators but at the same time there are over 1000 children who stop being home educated. There are a lot of people in New Zealand who want to help those who are struggling with home schooling.

Where to find help and encouragement when home educating? See below:

Support groups in most towns:

http://www.nchenz.org.nz/local-support-groups/

Online groups:

and

http://www.nchenz.org.nz/national-support-groups/

Homeschooling Turnover

Between 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013 there was an overall net decrease of 10 students; 1,019 students entered into homeschooling and 1,029 students finished homeschooling.

The average age of the 1,019 students entering into homeschooling was 8 years old, 86% were aged 12 or under and less than 1% were age 16 or above. Of the students entering homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2013 74% identified as European/P?keh?, 10% identified as M?ori, 2% identified as Pasifika and 6% of homeschoolers ethnicity were unknown.

The average age of the 1,029 students finishing homeschooling was 13 years old, 43% were aged 12 or under, and 25% were 16-years old or above. Of the students finishing homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2013, 21% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 38% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years, and 11% had been in homeschooling for 10 years or more. The average time spent in homeschooling of leaving students was 4 years.

The chart below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to student numbers.

Downloads File Size & Type
 Microsoft Excel Icon Homeschooling Turnover by Time Series 1998-2013 [MS Excel 33KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Entering Homeschooling by Student Age & Region 1998-2013 [MS Excel 79KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Entering Homeschooling by Gender, Ethnic Group & Age 1998-2013 [MS Excel 72KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Entering Homeschooling by Gender, Ethnic Group & Ethnicity 1998-2013 [MS Excel 48KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Entering Homeschooling by Gender, Ethnic Group & Reigion 1998-2013 [MS Excel 91KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Finishing Homeschooling by Duration & Region 1998-2013 [MS Excel 87KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Finishing Homeschooling by Age & Regional Council 1998-2013 [MS Excel 84KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Finishing Homeschooling by Gender, Ethnic Group & Age 1998-2013 [MS Excel 80KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Finishing Homeschooling by Gender, Ethnic Group & Duration 1998-2013 [MS Excel 80KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Finishing Homeschooling by Gender, Ethnic Group & Ethnicity 1998-2013 [MS Excel 47KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Students Finishing Homeschooling by Gender, Ethnic Group & Region 1998-2013 [MS Excel 91KB]

For more information click here……

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated: 30 September 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://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: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

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

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

Coming Events:http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://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/

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Comments

  1. Rob says:

    I’m probably in the minority in thinking that more important than choosing to home educate is the reason why one home educates. I struggle to support an arrogant pseudo-Christian whose main reason is because he “can do a better job than the schools” for example. Without a Rock-solid foundation, everything that can be shaken will be shaken…and will fall.

    So long as people are putting other things before seeking “the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” nothing else “will be added unto you.” So we have to start getting that right. That is actually the purpose for the times in which we live: to force people into one camp or the other, black or white, evil or good, carnal or spiritual, deception or truth. When Christians actually start loving each other with God’s love rather than some superficial no-cost counterfeit, they will discover that God’s love cannot be contained in anything fake, contrived, programmed, scheduled, or institutionalized. In other words the real thing must and will overflow into an every-day, every-place kind of thing.

    If our children “have all knowledge” but lack the love that comes only from God, they will die eternally.

    So successful home-education must be the result of children observing and imitating the interactions they see in a community of real believers, where those mature believers are literally laying down their lives to (among other things) educate each other and each other’s children, sacrificially pooling and sharing their expertise. That is one demonstration of real love.

    Presently however the pressures are not high enough to overcome our selfishness. People are quitting ‘homeschool’ for lack of support…people are also quitting ‘christianity’ for lack of support. At some point the remnant of believers will be so counter-cultural that nothing will stand in the way of “gathering together” in close proximity for mutual encouragement and even survival. I wish people could see that there is no good reason to wait until we are forced together, and begin “losing our lives” to that end now.

    If we got our priorities right, home-education support would take care of itself.

  2. Mary says:

    An interesting read, although I’m inclined to agree with and second Rob’s earlier comment. 2014 is shaping up to be bright one.

  3. Having a few ups and downs I can see how people decide that home-educating may not be for them. I found that all those triggers of emotions and unresolved issues where released while adjusting to home-educating, believing in our reasons, trusting our own journey regardless of others and of course often defending our choices to others.

    I have found that through the use of Bach Flower Remedies and Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) that I have become stronger in myself, while supporting myself emotionally. I have also been able to be there for the kids more as I feel better about what we are doing. I think that lots of parents can often forget to care for their own needs – especially emotional. How can we be there for others, educating good citizens and people that will care for others if we model lack of care for ourselves?

    It is great if you have a support network already in place that can help you in that care however sometimes it is in finding that network, or not as the case may, be that the real struggles lies. Sometimes the support needs to come from within, a belief in something larger, rather than an outside person or network.

    I was lucky enough to find a supportive network fairly quickly or maybe it was due to being aware that the problems I faced weren’t actually about home-educating they were about my past, my perceptions and the reality I had made rather than the reality I wanted to make.

  4. Rob says:

    P.S. When I wrote above:

    “At some point the remnant of believers will be so counter-cultural that nothing will stand in the way of “gathering together” in close proximity for mutual encouragement and even survival.”

    …I was emphatically NOT talking about physical survival, but spiritual: being properly equipped and mutually encouraged to stay the course to the end regardless of increasingly difficult tribulations. Jesus Himself did not ‘survive’; rather, death was a necessity to demonstrate absolute victory: our enemy has no greater weapon than death and fear of death: in Christ there is no such fear. If Jesus worked for physical survival…and He could have…then death would never have eventuated, nor been defeated. So we ought fight only for spiritual survival, i.e. equipping ourselves and our children in Christ to ‘endure to the end.’

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