July 6, 2020

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:

https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/schooling/student-numbers/homeschooling————————————————————————————————————
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

Survey: Parents overwhelmingly support school choice, distrust federal government

FILE - School bus (Colorado)

American families aren’t accessing the school types they prefer and do not trust the federal government, according to results of an annual report “Schooling America”, produced by EdChoice, a national nonprofit organization that promotes state-based educational choice programs.

The majority polled overwhelmingly support Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), tax credit scholarships, school vouchers and charter schools.

The survey asked public school parents and the general public about their views of the four types of educational systems in America: public schools, charter schools, private schools, and home schooling. It also asked respondents about their views of the federal government’s role in K-12 education.

The majority of parents are involved with public school districts, the report found, with 89 percent having children who attended public school for at least one year. This percentage mirrors the data reported by the U.S. Department of Education, the report notes. Current public school parents are generally satisfied but at least one-third reported “major issues” with their schools’ responsiveness, communication and support outside the classroom.

EdChoice, which argues that families, not bureaucrats, are best equipped to make K-12 schooling decisions for their children, found that the majority of those polled do not trust the federal government when it comes to education.

Read the rest of the survey results here: https://www.watchdog.org/national/survey-parents-overwhelmingly-support-school-choice-distrust-federal-government/article_edacf2ec-03c9-11e9-963f-c3ca67c5bf2f.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR3FOhGXKrqhTtCUjqg7lUj0RYdo4e7BXHxgJH5oQRGhvR6jopDPU1eDWrM

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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

Is screen time affecting children’s brains?

Early results from the most ambitious study of the developing adolescent brain ever undertaken show differences in some of the brains of heavy screen users. The data, supported by the National Institutes of Health, also found children who spent more than two hours a day on screens scored lower on thought and language tests than those who spent less time on phones and other electronic devices. 60 Minutes will report on the earliest data from the study Sunday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT on CBS.

Researchers at 21 sites have begun interviewing thousands of nine and 10-year-olds and scanning their developing brains. They will follow these and other participants for 10 years to determine how their brains change as they mature. The scans of 4,500 kids in the study show a thinning of the cortex in some of the brains of those spending more than seven hours a day playing video games or engaging with smartphones and tablets. The thinning is normal, but is usually expected to take place later in a child’s development.

Read more here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-screen-time-affecting-kids-brains-60-minutes/?fbclid=IwAR0zpHpYQiQVNMnv-ZtOnZf5GJrsBFbkXi56h-NxNSDL0VRXMtOZt6rMMeQ

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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

2017 Home Schooling statistics

“As at 1 July 2017, there were 6,008 home schooled students recorded in the Ministry of Education’s Homeschooling database. These students belong to 3,022 families and represent 0.8% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2017. Out of the 6,008 homeschoolers 67.3% were the aged 12 or under, 68.3% had been home-schooled for less than 5 years, and only 4.2% had been home-schooled for 10 years or more.

“European/Pakeha students are more likely to be homeschooled than any other ethnic group with 80.2% of all homeschoolers identifying as European/Pakeha compared to 50.1% of the total school population. Only 8.7% of homeschoolers identify as Maori compared to 24.0% of the total school population, 2.6% of homeschoolers identify as Pasifika compared to 9.8% of the total school population, and 2.2% of homeschoolers identify as Asian compared to 11.8% of the total school population. The ethnicity of 2.0% of homeschoolers is unknown.

“The chart below provides a number of downloads relating to the number of students in Homeschooling.

“Homeschooling Students Time Series Downloads: File Type & Size

More information here: https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/schooling/student-numbers/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 startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

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

This link is motivational: http://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: 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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