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Australia: Keeping education all in the family

AS an education system, home schooling eschews hallmarks of formal learning such as classrooms, exams or a strict curriculum – and official enrolment statistics.

Advocates speak instead of natural, experiential or contextual learning, individual approaches, morals, values and the ‘spark’ of learning too often snuffed out in school.

They also boast rapidly growing numbers. The NSW-based Home Education Association says nationally the number could top 80,000 children, a figure described as ‘ridiculously’ high by one state education authority. Read more…

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