August 30, 2014


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The Wunderlichs

The Wunderlichs — the German family fighting for their children after the government seized them for home schooling — have gotten full custody of their children back after a year of state intrusion. But at what cost will they keep them?

Even the Universal Declaration of Human Rights acknowledges that parents have a prior right to determine the kind of education that their children will receive. So how can Germany’s actions be conscionable in this day and age?

As long as children are being educated and not neglected, should it not be up to each family to determine what kind of education their children will receive?

(Link is to our allies at the Home School Legal Defense Association.)

Wunderlich children returned! Make homeschooling legal in Germany. Learn how you can help!
HSLDA.ORG

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 22 April 2014:  Two years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

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

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

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

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/

Worldschooling: a minimalist’s list for learning on the go

Craig’s father died when he was 13. The next year his mother pulled him and his siblings out of school and travelled in England and Europe for a year. They spent a lot of time in Austria skiing. Then about 3 or 4 years later they did the London to Kathmandu overland trip and continued onto New Zealand. Craig highly recommends this way of educating our children. His advise when people asked him “what text books to take on a trip”  was to “leave them at home and learn all you can in the Country you are in”.

I think Craig would have enjoyed reading and following this blog:

More than a few of you have asked how we’ll be homeschooling on the road—or, worldschooling, more appropriately. I’m happy to share.

There should be a few bits of disclosure before diving head-first into the topic of education from the road:

• Our educational priorities are a bit different this year, seeing as we’ll be stomping around and through the greatest textbook ever (that is, Earth). This, plus living out of backpacks, means we’re taking a very minimalist approach to school. (This fills me with glee.)

• We don’t exactly know what we’re doing here. We’ve never lived out of backpacks for a year while traipsing through almost every continent, oddly enough, so we sorta feel like we’re making this up as we go. There are plenty of people who’ve gone before us—and who are doing this lifestyle, right now, all the time—so we’re not alone. But we’ve certainly never tried it ourselves.

• Our family has a rather unique philosophy about education. Or maybe I should say unique approach. Either way, it’s taken us a few years to really figure out what matters to us… we’re slowly getting there. Basically, we believe:

• That learning is a constant, 24/7 endeavor,
• That educational opportunities can be found everywhere,
• That students are people who educate themselves (sometimes with the help of inspirational teachers or mentors), and
• That the two most significant things we can do as parents is to provide an environment where learning is naturally inevitable, and to model a posture of lifelong learning ourselves.

This can happen anywhere—in traditional classrooms, at home, in the woods, between the covers of a book, on a rickety bus in rural Sri Lanka, or at the table of a restaurant on a Chinese side-street.

So. Yep, our kids will be learning stuff this year. And while the bulk majority of their school supplies involve their passports, eyes, and legs, here’s a few other things we’ll use: read here for the other things they use: http://theartofsimpletravel.net/worldschooling/

The blog post finishes with

Minimalist school supplies—the bare minimum for a solid education while traveling.

(Not shown: dice, white boards, little kid workbook. I could retake the photo remembering everything, but I’ve got stuff to do.)

Ultimately, we hope to live out our conviction that learning can happen anytime, anywhere, from most anything. Writing, reading, and math will comprise the bulk of any “formal” education, with everything else providing opportunities to build on those skills.

Honestly, our kids’ education is near the top of my list of reasons to get excited about this trip. I can’t even imagine how this would have shaped my own childhood—even if the kids aren’t exactly cognizant of how extraordinary this upcoming year will be, their parents are. And we’ll make the most of every opportunity.

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 22 April 2014:  Two years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

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

and

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

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

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

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/

Carlow home educating mother goes to prison today

Read more at this blog…

“Claire Thompson so clearly puts it : “it’s not a matter of simply registering. If it were, many of us would have no problem. its the fact that we have to APPLY to register. ie we have to ask their approval to home educate when we don’t need approval or permission. The right to home educate is covered by the constitution. The law is wrongly phrased. You cannot ask for permission for something you have a right to do. Acertaining the provision that home ed families are making is a separate issue.”

“I urge you all, whether home educators or not, to stand in support of Monica, sign the petition here, write to your TDs, email, ring them, do whatever you can or have time for to help us protect the rights of our families.”

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Australian Home Educators Urgently Need our Help!

From Karen, an Australian:

We would really appreciate your support in Australia. The state of NSW is in the midst of a government inquiry into home education and we’re all concerned about the outcome, which may well have a negative flow-on effect to other states, and possibly even other countries. Home-ed is already strictly regulated and we fear it getting worse – or possibly even outlawed completely.  I’ve outlined what you can do to help, and given some background. Please take a few moments to read, and if you can, 5 minutes to help.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP – A group of home educators have joined together to help people have their say and be heard. They are called HOVA (Hear Our Voices, Australia) and you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/hovasubmissions

They have put together a survey which takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and it would be fantastic if you could fill it in. It will tell you to only answer page one if you are not in Australia, but even answering just page one will be a big help. The survey is here – Survey of Homeschooling Parents

Please NOTE that the survey date has been extended beyond 31 July 2014.

HOVA are also asking for people to write submissions which they will forward to the inquiry. All submissions made via HOVA will be anonymous. Even a short paragraph would help enormously, showing the government that the world is watching, and that home educators are a force to be reckoned with! Some basic things to say might be that your children are thriving with home education, that they are social and part of the community, that they are learning all the time, that parents have the right/responsibility to educate their children. If you feel able to write even just a short paragraph, it would be greatly appreciated, and you can send it here – hovasubmissionsatyahoo.com (please insert an @)

THE BACKGROUND – In New South Wales (NSW), the regulations for home-ed are making life very difficult for home educators.  The ‘Board of Studies’ has the role of overseeing home education in NSW. Families are required to apply for registration, submit to a home visit, and produce vast amounts of documentation.

Parents in NSW are expected to have extensive planning, recording and monitoring systems in place. Applications for registration tend to be tens of pages long, detailing how the curriculum will be covered, how progress will be recorded and assessed, and providing evidence of the previous year’s progress. Deviation from the curriculum is not allowed.

The Board of Studies in NSW is increasingly granting families only 6 months, after which they have to go through the whole process again. The number of families that are refused permission to home educate at all, is increasing exponentially. There were 13 refusals in 2012; in 2013 it jumped to 73. For anyone following an unschooling or autonomous approach, the regulations are very hard – but even for those strictly adhering to the school curriculum, registration creates a huge amount of paperwork and worry.

HOVA believes the registration process is onerous and seeks less regulation. While it seems unlikely that the NSW government will remove compulsory registration altogether at this point, HOVA are hoping to show that home educators are intelligent and participating members of society who care greatly for their children and their children’s education.

** HOVA really needs to have submissions by 3pm on 5th August (Australian Eastern Time Zone – UTC+10), so time is short, but there is definitely time to complete their survey if not to write a submission. And remember, even a short submission to the Inquiry is better than no submission at all.

Thank you so much for anything you can do to help, and please feel free to distribute this to anyone or any other groups you think may be able to complete the survey and/or make a submission to the Inquiry.

Summary of how you can help:

1.The survey date has been extended(Aussie time) – must be current or former homeschooler

2. Make a submission to the Inquiry via HOVA by 5 Aug (Aussie time) – anyone can do this, homeschooling or not

3. Pass it on :)

Again, thank you so very much for anything you can do to help us!

Karen

www.unshackled.me

Previous post:

NSW needs our help

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Homeschooled – How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Some interesting facts on Home Education in the USA

Homeschooled – How American

Homeschoolers Measure Up

 

Around 150 years ago states started making public school mandatory, and homeschooling eventually became illegal. It wasn't until the 90's that homeschooling became fully legal again. Today, homeschooling is the fastest growing form of education in the country.

Read the rest of these statistics in the link below:

http://www.home-school.com/news/homeschooled-how-american-homeschoolers-measure-up.php

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