Homeschooling More Than Doubles During the Pandemic

Statistics in New Zealand have not been released yet. They are usually put up on the MoE website during November. Even when they are released it won’t show us the full increase in home education, due to Covid, because the figures are for the year ending in July each year. In New Zealand we will have to wait until this time next year to see the full results. It seems that there are still a lot of families applying for exemptions still for their children.

This following article is in the USA

“State-level data show just how dramatic the surge in homeschooling has been.
“Friday, December 4, 2020

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“Many families took one look at their school district’s remote or hybrid learning offerings this fall and said “no, thank you.” That’s the message gleaned from national and state-specific data on the surging number of homeschooled students this academic year.

“Prior to the pandemic and related school closures last spring, there were just under two million homeschoolers in the US, representing about 3.4 percent of the total K-12 school-age population. According to recent polling by Education Week, that percentage has more than doubled to nine percent this fall, or nearly five million homeschoolers. This estimate mirrors related polling from Gallup in August suggesting that 10 percent of US students would be homeschooled this year.

“State-level data show just how dramatic the surge in homeschooling has been, particularly in areas where many district schools continue to be closed for full-time, in-person learning. In Massachusetts, for example, the Boston Globe reported last week that 7,188 students statewide transferred from public schools into homeschooling this year, compared to only 802 homeschooling transfers last year…”

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The article finishes with:

“Parents I have interviewed told me that they had been considering homeschooling for a long time but lacked the catalyst to give it a try until now. Seeing their children flourish outside of a conventional classroom could lead many of these parents to continue homeschooling post-pandemic. As an article in The Atlantic stated: “COVID-19 is a catalyst for families who were already skeptical of the traditional school system—and are now thinking about leaving it for good.”

“Once life returns to normal, new homeschoolers may also discover that real homeschooling is much better than the pandemic version they have experienced. Local homeschooling groups will regain their full vitality and sociability. Museums, libraries, and local businesses and organizations will return to offering their suite of homeschooling classes. Daily activities will take place more often outside one’s home than inside it, and homeschoolers will once again be deeply connected to the people, places, and things of their communities.

“This fall, millions of new homeschooling parents have realized that their children can learn without school. When the world reopens to them, they will find that homeschooling is even better than they imagined.”

Home Educators getting qualifications

I have just been asked this question. I thought others might like to hear my answer. I also thought others might like to share their experience in the comments.

Hi Barbara,
I’m interested in gaining support for going right through home-educating without getting any externally moderated ‘for credit’ qualification. I spoke with another Barbara who finished her five kids without any NZQA piece of paper, and she told me you and Craig also did this, and are great advocates for home educating however the parent prayerfully decides. Am I along the right lines with my understanding? Are you able to offer support/advice to me who really wants to go the route of (like many American homeschoolers) just creating the kid’s transcripts and not fussing over ticking boxes and doing things a certain way or a certain amount for moderation and credit?

My answer:

Yes, you are on the right track. Find out what your child wants to do, then go to the gatekeepers of that. From 13 or so, go up to the polytechnic / university / business admissions officer and ask what they need to know to get in. Go back home and study that. When finished studying that go back again and ask for more studies etc. Do this each year until they are accepted in. At the same time get your children doing work experience. Ask friends/relations with businesses (or cold turkey and just approach businesses) for unpaid work experience – one or two weeks. Then ask for a reference at the end. These references are like GOLD.

Also ask for work experience at the job of their choice as well as a variety of jobs. Always ask for a reference.

Get your children involved in volunteer work – then get a reference.

Make up a good CV with all the references.

At the beginning you will talk to the gatekeepers with your child. As your child gets older get him to do more and more of the talking to the gatekeeper until it is only your child talking to the gatekeeper.

This might be helpful:

For those who are doing NZQA etc. keep going. Do what works for you.

There are also 31 comments on this link on the Facebook page Home Schooling in New Zealand under announcements:

October monthly thread – Graduating Home Educators
What are your children doing now that they have finished being home educated?
*Some will have gone onto academic success.

*Some with apprenticeships
*Some are now self employed
*Some into the military
*Some with arts, crafts and music fields
*Some in agriculture
*Some into technology
*Some into hospitality
*Some are now mothers
*Some other very interesting things that we would love to hear about

Love also hearing from those who were home educated and are now finished!

Now in announcements!

France Moves to Ban Homeschooling: “Protect Children From Religion”

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced on Friday his intention to outlaw homeschooling in 2021 for all children unless they have a medical

exemption that forces them to stay away from schools, Life Site News reports.

According to the report, the President said the government would also step up control of self-funded, private and independent schools, through inspections of curricula and by strong enforcement of a new law that requires private schools to teach a “common core” defined by the state…

According to Macron, his aim is to “protect children from religion,” and that includes Christianity.

“School is the republican melting pot,” he said. “It’s what makes it possible for us to protect our children in a complete way from any religious sign, from religion.

“It is truly the heart of the space of secularism, and it is this place where we form consciences so that children become free, rational citizens, able to choose their own lives. The school is therefore our collective treasure. It is what allows us in our society to build this common thing that is the Republic.”

Macron went on to say:

On this subject, in the face of all these excesses that exclude thousands of children from education to citizenship, from access to culture, to our history, to our values, to the experience of otherness that is at the heart of the republican school, I have made a decision — and I realize this, and we have debated it a lot with the ministers — that is no doubt one of the most radical since the laws of 1882 and those ensuring school co-education between boys and girls in 1969. From the start of the 2021 school year, school instruction will be made compulsory for all from the age of 3. Homeschooling will be strictly limited, particularly to health reasons. We are therefore changing our paradigm, and it is vital.

The new law comes into force in 2021-2022 for children aged between 3 to 16. Parents who choose to educate their own children in France must register annually and undergo yearly inspections.

Control the textbooks, control the state.

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The Academic and Social Benefits of Homeschooling

From the James G Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Homeschooling works. The roughly 2 was gmillion children who currently learn at home join a millennia-old practice supported by many government officials, scholars, college officials, and employers.

While mainstream America has embraced homeschooling as a viable and positive educational option—and as 55 million K-12 students and their parents have been thrust into “crisis-teaching at home”—the angst of some academics over homeschooling has abruptly emerged.

Professors Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard University and James Dwyer of William and Mary School of Law organized a summer meeting to “focus on problems of educational deprivation and child maltreatment that too often occur under the guise of homeschooling, in a legal environment of minimal or no oversight.” In a highly controversial article in Harvard Magazine, Erin O’Donnell advanced Bartholet’s arguments in favor of a homeschooling ban.

Yet, what does the evidence tell us about homeschool educational and social outcomes? Is there any sound corpus of evidence that homeschooled children are actually educationally deprived or maltreated? And what worldview drives anti-homeschoolers such as Bartholet and Dwyer?

Most reviews of homeschooling research reveal generally positive learning outcomes for children.

Joseph Murphy and Brian Ray provide quite optimistic reviews, while other appraisals present positive, albeit more tentative, conclusions. A one-of-its-kind review of only peer-reviewed research by Ray revealed that 11 of the 14 peer-reviewed studies on academic achievement found that homeschool students significantly outperformed conventionally schooled children. Both of the publicly available state-provided data sets showed higher-than-average test scores for homeschooled children.

A similar pattern emerges for the social, emotional, and psychological development of the homeschooled.

The clear majority of peer-reviewed studies show that homeschoolers often have better parent-child relationships and friendships than conventionally schooled children. Homeschoolers are happy, satisfied, and civically engaged.

A growing body of research indicates that graduates of home-based education excel. Eleven of the 16 peer-reviewed studies on success into adulthood (including college) showed that homeschoolers had better results for political tolerance, college GPA, and college retention than students in conventional schools. After reviewing the relevant literature, Gloeckner and Jones concluded that the “comparative results of the studies reported in this review, combined with the data collected from college admission officers provide evidence that homeschooling is an effective alternative path to college for the children of many families.”

Homeschoolers are not being educationally deprived, maltreated, or abused. On the contrary, the research literature suggests that rates of abuse (e.g., physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect) are lower among homeschoolers than institutionally schooled children.

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Global Christian Online Home Education Conference – Day 5 Topics and Speakers

If you are wanting to purchase this conference you have only a few HOURS left to do so.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN until 31 August 2020 (USA time, so today, only a few HOURS in the Southern Hemisphere):

DAY 5: Amazing Working Moms & Entrepreneurs

Meant for God, Mind for Business (Justina Ford)
How to have a heart for God and mind for business taught byThe Soul-B rand Alignment Strategist, Justina Ford. As a Christian building a business is an extension of your God-given gifts and talents. You want to know that you are pleasing to God and that you are honoring who He has designed you to be. I ask 7 critical questions to ensure that you are maintaining a heart for God and a mind for business with the confidence to charge your worth. Business mindset should always be in alignment with the mind of God.

Justina is a #1 Amazon International Best Selling Author, Business Mindset and Strategy Coach, Motivational Speaker, Internationally Published and Awarded Makeup Artist, and creator of the Soulful Business Alignment and Mindset Mastery Blueprint. She developed a business from her heart and soul that has allowed her to mentor dozens of women, get paid to speak and share her story, expertise, and truth. She has celebrated 5-figure launches and built a business with the flexibility to homeschool her three children. Most importantly she’s watched her Soulful Business Alignment and Mindset Mastery Coaching Program help her clients build the mindset, clarity, confidence, and visibility they needed that has allowed them to create signature programs, triple their sales, get their retail product in local stores, launch their businesses, and sign contracts up to $1 Million in their own business. Justina is a Jesus lover, army veteran spouse, homeschooling mom, and vocalist at her church.

 WORKING MAMA’s Survival Tools to Homeschooling (Elizabeth Sharpe)

As a twelve year homeschooling mama that worked and homeschooled, I have come up with a plan that will insure that you are successful!  Working homeschool moms have similar and different challenges than non working mamas.  I will teach you the three strategies that you must have to be SUCCESSFUL!


Elizabeth Ramirez Sharpe, M.Ed. is a mom, wife, professor, parent, health educator and marriage and family coach. She has been married for twenty-two years and has a seventeen year old daughter and five year old son, both with learning disabilities. She is certified in Feeding Dynamics and trains and teaches in the areas of holistic health, learning disabilities, academic achievement, discipline, social emotional health and feeding issues. A native of California, she and her family recently relocated to Fort Worth, Texas. She believes EVERY child, teen young adult and parent can thrive with the right mindset, tools and community!!!!!!!

Encouraging the Homeschool Entrepreneur (Crissi Allen)

Can you really do it all – raise children, home-educate and build a business?  If that’s what the Lord has called you to do, then yes!  Jesus will empower and give you the resources and help you to thrive!  But what do we need to focus on first?  Good question!  Mompreneur Crissi Allen is privileged to share with you her 20+ years of FAILING FORWARD and how she survived homeschooling while building several business ministries at the same time.  She will focus on three areas of your life and give you very practical and actionable items to implement immediately!

Crissi Allen homeschooled her children for 20 years while building businesses to help her family and community to thrive. Currently, she is the Founder & Executive Director of a 16-year Christ-Centered Co-op called HEART Academy, connecting homeschooling families with passionate mentors in the Silicon Valley of California ( Within this community, Crissi finds it a great joy to be working with talented students and directors to produce 3 musical drama productions per year.  She is the co-author of “Why I Love Homeschooling: 24 Parents Share the Joys & Challenges of Educating Their Children At Home” (  After a stint of helping her daughter heal from migraine headaches, she entered into the world of natural health. Through this very personal experience, she understood that God wants us to heal in three areas – the body, soul (mind, will, emotions) and Spirit and that if we submit to the Holy Spirit, the body and soul would follow. She has been Wellness Coach for 7 years using Prayer, Scripture, Nutrition and Essential Oils as healing modalities. (

 Leading Your Student Toward Entrepreneurship (Bernadette Ashby)

Bernadette Ashby is a successful serial entrepreneur.  She has a MA in Education with a California Teaching Credential from San Jose State University.  In addition, she has a MA in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  She is a veteran homeschool mom committed to passing on the entrepreneurial mindset to the next generation of Christian families. 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN until 31 August 2020 (USA time, so today, only a few HOURS in the Southern Hemisphere):

DAY 1 featuring Barbara Smith from New Zealand and Tasmania



DAY 2 featuring Cynthia Hancox from New Zealand




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DAY 4 featuring Crissi Allen – the organiser of this online conference

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