Are home-schooled kids missing out?
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You used some positive words to describe these children and their mother (the educator) – polite, energetic and wellschooled in their religion and you said ‘the mother was busy looking after them and gives them their lessons’.
On the less positive side you say the mother is not a reader and the children have no curiosity. It’s hard to know whether you see enough of these children to make such a big statement and whether they’re playing on iPads and watching movies because you’re visiting. It’s well known that it takes a village to raise a child and I wonder if this mother could use some help?
If you are a reader, you might have skills to offer these children. Why don’t you bring in suitable books and set some reading comprehension questions? Reading books stimulates curiosity and the children might become interested in the historical figures you mentioned.
But if you’re adamant that these children are not being given the best education opportunities, then I have the official line from the Ministry of Education’s Katrina Casey, deputy secretary, sector enablement and support. You can make a complaint about your relative’s home educating standards to the Ministry of Education.
If theMOEis concerned that these children are not being educated ‘‘at least as regularly and well as in a registered school’’ then the regional office will investigate. In some instances, they may request the Education Review Office conduct a review. If the ERO identifies areas of concern it will work with the home educator to address those issues.
As all home educators have to file a declaration form twice yearly confirming they are educating their child (to ensure they receive their supervision allowance), you can probably be assured that your relative has this matter in hand.
However, there are times when the ERO and the ministry are not satisfied and the exemption certificate for the educator can be revoked.
Education styles have changed so much that you could go into any classroom in the country and see children playing on iPads and not appearing to learn. They are learning, and my best advice is for you to offer support to this mother and get involved with her teaching methods.
Mary-anne Scott has raised four boys and written three novels for young adults, including Sticking With Pigs which was released in March 2018. (One Tree House). As one of seven sisters, there aren’t many parenting problems she hasn’t talked over. To send her a question email firstname.lastname@example.org with Dear Mary-anne in the subject line. Your anonymity is assured.
Education styles have changed. Children playing on iPads can still be learning.