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    There's a reason teachers spend 4 years minimum studying, plus constant development. Teaching is a huge commitment and has so much more to it than you might think.

    I think it's incredibly disrespectful to ignore your partners thoughts on this. Why is your opinion more valid than his? A lot of what is taught in schools is more than the face value of the subject. If you look up language learning, there is a huge amount of evidence to show the benefits, and the benefits aren't anything to do with ordering a croissant in France. Same with social skills, networking, discipline, etc.

    I'm sure homeschooling can be done successfully, but it would take a huge amount of time, resources and commitment (not to mention skills by the 'teacher') which most people wouldn't have.

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    Default I want to start homeschooling when kids are in highschool

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    Home school to start with and unschool (later).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDrakeRamoray View Post
    Ok thanks everyone..

    I'm still going ahead with it. I know it won't be easy. That doesn't bother me. I'll get help if needed. I have said to him we can trial it out and then if things don't work we can look into school.

    Since this is the "homeschool" section are there any people that agree with me?
    I am not against it. In my circle of friends I have a few families that Home school and one that unschools. I see how hard it is. That why I have pointed out it very important that both parents be all for it 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDrakeRamoray View Post
    Home school to start with and unschool (later).
    See I think unschool would be easier earlier- mainly for primary.
    HSC, etc, is just so damn important here.

    You need to have your husband on board. It will not work otherwise. The kids will have days where they don't want to do the work and complain to him and he will take their side because you ignored him.

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    I've been an educator in the primary and tertiary sectors for over 15 years and Im not for or against any type of schooling. There is only the right schooling for the right child. It's working out what that is and it can't be based on pre-conceived ideas on education based on our own assumptions or experiences.

    I would suggest visiting and spending time in local and varied high schools to assist in making a decision. Schooling and schooling choices have changed a lot in the last 20 years. What might have been our own experience has often changed or evolved - in many settings it looks and feels different. I've set up a school thats philosophy is personalised, inquiry based and open learning and I've been at traditional settings too, both have things to offer the right child and family.

    Just check some settings out before you decide and likewise spend some days with homeschooling parents. You've got enough time to do some really rich research.

    Mainly though don't assume your experience will be your child's.

    Good luck!

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    My mum always said if you want a day off school, take a day off. She was a teacher and saw kids wagging all the time hanging around bus shelters. She said go to the movies or into the city, don't waste it. We rarely used it but it was nice to know it's there.

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    Default I want to start homeschooling when kids are in highschool

    I personally wouldn't homeschool my child...but I understand that homeschooling can be very successful for some families where the traditional setting just doesn't work.

    However... I would be nervous about homeschooling high school aged kids. These days - in most cases you need at least TAFE qualification for pretty much everything...you can't just work up the ranks like in previous generations. And uni degrees are desirable. I'm not saying that with homeschooling this is not possible...but it may make it more difficult..and may limit their choices in a way that wouldn't be in traditional schooling.

    Also, I am fairly educated, I am doing a PhD at the moment, but I would not feel confident teaching my kids, say, TEE chemistry or something. Because it's not my field and I am not an expert in the way a high school teacher is. So if you do go down this path, getting some tutors in may be useful.

    I understand you are worried about high school...high school years certainly weren't he best years of my life! But this a huge decision that needs to be agreed on with your DP for it to work, he needs to be a part of this too.

    All the best!
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    I think if you are going to do it maybe look at Distance Ed through someone like Groves so they can at least get an OP (or whatever the equivalent in orhe states are)

    We have looked into home schooling (and if my eldest sons first year in High School next year doesn't go well we will be doing it) and while I think your approach is ok for the younger grades a good solid High School education is extremely important. You can certainly do this at home and Distance Ed gives you some flexibility but also makes sure they are on the right track to get at least their Senior Certificate if not an OP score.
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    I can understand wanting to protect your children from some of the more brutal elements of high school - mainly potential bullying, but as a previous poster has said there are so many different types of schools these days.

    Have you considered steiner or montessori? There's a Steiner school near us that goes all the way to year 12. They have less than a dozen kids in the whole high school so its very, very small and the kids build up a very strong bond together and get to pursue individual interests whilst still getting the advantages of school - specialist teachers etc.

    Please have a good look at the alternative school philosophies available in your area before 100% deciding upon unschooling. It might be a good compromise between your and your partner?

    I don't think I could ever forgive my partner if they just went ahead and homeschooled/unschooled without my support. I think you need to have some long discussions with your partner before making up your mind completely to go ahead. If you can show him that you've explored all the other pathways then that might help him be supportive.

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