The International Homeschooling Day is October 1st.
On this day homeschoolers around the world celebrate their way of life. They organise special field trips, meetings and events.
Homeschooling has a long history, in all parts of the world. Parents chose to homeschool their children for a variety of reasons (religion, alternative education, world schooling, home location, school system). On this day homeschoolers (unschoolers, curriculum schoolers, world schoolers, nomad schoolers, and other homeschooling families) contribute to more awareness on the benefits of homeschooling as opposed to public schooling.
Homeschooling in various ways, is more and more popular around the world. In several countries there is different legislation (homeschooling around the world).
Before public school systems arrived, homeschooling was the only schooling to give children a form of education. The privileged families who could afford tutors and teachers raised their children being taught a variety of lessons in history, art, literature, astronomy, science and music.
In the United States, about 1.7 million children are home-schooled as of 2016 (source: wikipedia homeschooling). Homeschooling has been associated with religious views in the 20th century.
In the 21st century however, more and more parents chose to homeschool because they do not see the public school system can provide the education their children need. The online world that has been created on the internet, provides endless options for good and often free education. The number of websites offering online classes are showing significant growth. Several online education programs are Kahn Academy, Google and Youtube are major sources to use when you homeschool. Wikipedia is also among the sources families use to know more about a topic of their interest.
An organisation founded to educate gifted children and twice exceptional children via homeschooling is Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF). This international education platform was founded in 2003.
On social media many influencers share tips, tutorials, videos how to homeschool or how to make choices what type of homeschooling is best for your family. Many homeschool parents are youtubers or homeschool bloggers and give lots of information on different aspects of homeschooling.
Unschooling is a way of learning when children follow their interests. No curriculum is used, no tests. Education is life itself, the world around you. Parents who chose unschooling to raise their children, believe in the ability of children to learn naturally. They do not have faith in the school system, where you learn ‘as told’.
(American) Presidents, inventors, engineers, musicians, actors, many did grow up being homeschooled. On a list of 30 famous and successful people, who were home-schooled, are Emma Watson, Christina Aguilera, Serena and Venus Williams, Justin Timberlake.
Many American presidents and other famous or public figures were homeschooled as were Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas_Edison, Agathie Christie, Louis Armstrong.
Zo kan het ook. Schoolbesturen zijn bij wet gehouden geen persoonlijke informatie op te vragen of te delen van kinderen zonder uitdrukkelijke toestemming van de ouders.
IMPORTANT HOMESCHOOL UPDATE:
On May 9th, 2018, FPEA, Florida’s statewide homeschool association, sent a letter to all the school districts in the state to NOTIFY them of the new changes to homeschool law. Here is an excerpt of that letter:
“On March 30, 2018, Governor Scott signed House Bill 731 into law thereby clarifying rules and requirements for homeschooling in the State of Florida. House Bill 731 makes some key changes to Florida Statutes, Chapter 1002 and 1003. Based upon the passage of House Bill 731, the FPEA would like to take this opportunity to clarify the requirements for Florida families to register as a home education program. This letter will also provide guidance as to what information individual school districts may request from parents wishing to homeschool their children.
House Bill 731 makes pertinent changes to multiple sections of the Florida Statutes and provides as follows:
Florida Statutes, Chapter 1002.41(1) states that “A home education program is not a school district program and is registered with the district school superintendent only for the purpose of complying with the state’s attendance requirements” (emphasis added);
Also, in accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 1002.41(1)(a), the parent must provide notice in writing the full legal names, addresses and birthdates of all children who shall be enrolled as students in a home education program. As provided in Florida Statutes, Chapter 1002.41(1)(b), upon receipt of the aforementioned notice, “the district school superintendent shall accept the notice and immediately register the home education program upon receipt of the notice. The district may not require any additional information or verification from the parent unless the student chooses to participate in a school district program or service.” Furthermore, “the district school superintendent may not assign a grade level to the home education student or include a social security number or any other personal information of the student in any school district or state database unless the student chooses to participate in a school district program or service” (emphasis added). The district school superintendent may assign the appropriate grade level after consultation with the home education student’s parents should the student desire to participate in Bright Futures.
In addition, statutory changes provide the specific language in Florida Statutes, Chapter 1002.41(13) that, “A school district may not further regulate, exercise control over, or require documentation from parents of home education program students beyond the requirements of this section unless the regulation, control, or documentation is necessary for participation in a school district program.”
In an effort reduce confusion and difficulties in the process of parents registering a home education program as provided for in Florida Statutes, Chapter 1002.41, we respectfully request that your district take the appropriate steps to ensure that your staff is properly educated on Florida Statute, Chapter 1002.41 and statutory compliant homeschool polices in your district.”
Credit to the Florida Parent-Educators Association – FPEA Florida Homeschooling because they are the ones who sent this letter to all of the counties in FL.
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