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Annie Says:

August 10th, 2007 at 6:27 pm
We choose to homeschool our kids, for a number of reasons mainly because we belive that by home educating them, we are giving them far more than just some schooling, we are preparing them for life. They learn to think and reason for themselves. Some other infuencing factors are the lack of safery in schools and the lack of decent affordable schools in our area.

As for the social aspect – I am not sure why this is always such a big thing and the first thing people mention when homeschooling is discussed – some of the most well balanced and socialised kids I have met are homeschoolers. They learn to socialise at all levels and not just with their age similar peers – as they do at school, my ten year old is just as happy playing with his two year old brother as he is being around teenagers and a bonus is the fact that he does not have to deal with all the peer pressure of having to fit in with the ‘in’ crowd at school or the peer pressure to use drugs etc etc etc

Agas – homeschooling is where the kids are taught at home by the parents or another family member. That is what is legally defined as homeschooling as far as I undersatand it. You can go to a number of SA homeschool sites which will give you more information – Pestalozzi Trust is the Legal Defence fund for homeschoolers – Also have a look at – there are a number of interesting articles on that site about homeschooling in SA.

Ashlee Says:

August 10th, 2007 at 7:44 pm
I am a 15 year old girl and in grade 10 and I homeschool with a retired teacher who taught for 42 years in government schools. I was at a public school for my primary years but when I went to high school it was very different. My marks were dropping terrible and my attitude towards my school work got worse. I started homeschooling half way through 2006. My marks have gone from being just bad to good. I am a very outgoing person and still get to interact after school. There are also other children at alot of the homeschools. I have one to one lessons without any distractions. Last term when other children were off school for 3 weeks i was at school as normal. I don’t find any problem with homeschooling.

Leendert van Oostrum Says:

August 10th, 2007 at 9:27 pm
How homeschooling works: Home education, as defined in Section 51 the SA Schools Act (84 of 1996) is “education in the child’s own home”. Children who recieve their education at any place other than in their own homes are NOT being homeschooled. In the great majority of cases, the parents do the teaching themselves, but it is perfectly legal to employ a tutor to come to the children’s home to teach them. It is NOT legal to send them to the tutor’s home. Parents do not have to be qualified teachers – in fact, most parents who are qualified teachers find it more difficult to homeschool their children than parents who are not qualified. And the research shows that children who are homeschooled by qualified teachers perform no better than children who are homeschooled by parents who have no qualifications at all. As for Ms Cronjé’s comments: How sad that such an uninformed and biased person should be in a position of authority.

Leendert van Oostrum Says:

August 10th, 2007 at 9:28 pm
O! for more information, see

Ebrahim Says:

August 11th, 2007 at 9:32 am
Some advantages of home educucation:

Parents know and understand their children, and are influential in their lives, even as they enter the teen years.

Homeschooling provides positive and appropriate socialization with peers and adults.

Homeschooled children are largely free from peer pressure.

Homeschooled children are comfortable interacting with people of all ages.

Homeschooled children view adults as an integrated part of their world and as natural partners in learning.

Family values and beliefs are central to social, emotional and academic development.

Family life revolves around its own needs and priorities rather than the demands of school.

Homeschooling creates/maintains positive sibling relationships.

Homeschooling promotes good communication and emotional closeness within a family.

Research shows that the two most important factors in reading and overall educational success are positive home influence and parental involvement; homeschooling provides both.

A child’s natural thirst for learning is nurtured, not squelched, and learning becomes a lifelong joy.

Each child’s education can be tailored to his or her unique interests, pace, and learning style.

Homeschooling children have time to pursue their special interests and talents.

Homeschoolers enjoy unlimited educational resources; the world is our classroom, and resources abound in the community.

Homeschooling provides a high adult/child ratio for the student.

Homeschooled children become independent thinkers who are secure in their own convictions.

Mike Says:

August 11th, 2007 at 9:39 am
Thank You Ashlee and Ebrahim, need we say more.

Celeste Says:

August 11th, 2007 at 9:46 am
The Homeschooling sceptics out there should inform themselves better before making comments about homes schooling, ask Leendert van Oostrum to send you the published facts of recent outcomes on the tes/exam results wherein homeschooled children came up tops for some consecutive years now. Remember that teachers are not equipped to diagnose ADD or ADHD I took my 8 year old out of a very good school after I was given a letter to have him tested for either of aforementioned, and after I was told that he had to be isolated (set on a separate table away from the other children) during tests and concentration activities, as he usually finishes first and then keeps the other children from completing their tasks!. There is to many parents that are too quickly reaching for Ritalin to help out, why is it that there is so many children that suddenly NEED ritalin? I am a member of various international homeschool internet support groups and there , those who do have properly diagnosed ADD and ADHD kids have sang the praises of the improvement of their children, because homeschooling allows your kids to develop without stress thats why they learn much more , more easily, as a homeschooling mom I can teach my child according to the type of learner he is, in this case visual spatial, a teacher cannot accomodate the various learning styles in a classroom of 35+ busy children.

And how can anyone suggest that socialization is the most crucial thing! why would you want your child to be held back by forcing him/her to communicate for an entire year with only kids of his own age? do you realize how much your child learns from being able to comunicate with all levels, the confidence with which they learn, and enquire is just amazing, the lifeskills is priceless and unforced.

Many overseas Universities an Colleges prefer homeschooled students as they are more equipped and more disciplined to study and research and explore as this was what they had to do through homeschooling.

A homeschooled child can actually have a shorter school day and have learned more because the entire process is relaxed and they learn what they really need to with enjoyment and sometimes profound excitement.

Two of my 3 boys would have probably ended up on rittalin if I had just succumbed to teacher presures because they (teachers)are not able to cope with a huge class full of busy, eager to learn students, kids who
gets excited because they know something and wants to share it but have to sit still and contain their energy, thats whats amazing about homeschooling, when my child experiences a light bulb moment he can share it, talk about it and remember the outcome of that conversation always! Going on outings to galleries, museums, road trips is a wonderful learning experience because its one on one and not a shhh, be quiet, dont touch, stop running, school trip.

My son is happily socializing playing golf, swimming lessons etc etc….

Maybe parents with ADD and ADHD children should investigate what homeschooling can do for their children and might be amazed.

I have been on both sides of the fence, and I whish as does my older 2 sons that they could have been homeschooled.

Paul Says:

August 11th, 2007 at 10:16 am
Ritalin exists for a specific purpose. I had a son who was on it for 2 years at Junior School and I was told he would never cope in mainstream schools. I made a decision to take him out and send him to a mainstream school anyway, with NO Ritalin. The result? He is a balanced young man who has just completed a law degree. People and teachers in this country are quick to use ritalin as it helps them cope with boistrous children in overcrowded classrooms. My daughter left high school in Std 7 and completed her matric with home schooling, passing all subjects. Home schooling works. All you need is the desire to suceed and self discipline. The government does not pay enough attention to researching the kids who REALLY need it.

Amanda Says:

August 11th, 2007 at 3:48 pm
Ok, but does homeschooling WORK?
I have been homeschooling my kids since it became legal in 1996.
The eldest matriculated very well at 17 (7 subjects, average 79%) went on to do a job at an Extreme Camp for Leadership training and then Team Leader in a prgramming project at AOL in London, then came back to her own company in SA -all by age 21.
The second went straight to a technical position in web site programming.
The third is still at home – having never seen the inside of a “school”. He plays soccer at the local club, plays the violin, chess at a club and has numerous real friends. He loves technology. science and history most of all. We go on outings when we want to and generally learn a lot.
None of my children have any problems socializing, love to tackle challenges and are good, hard, skillfull workers. (I hear there a shortage of those) I couldn’ t ask for more

Jan Says:

August 12th, 2007 at 6:05 pm
I’m 17 years old, st.9 and I’ve been on homeschooling since st.7. And I can geniunely say, it doesn’t affect your social life. Nothing stops you from joining a local rugby, cricket or tennis club. I normally gym a couple of times a week, do karate, cricket etc. I can visit my friends in the afternoon and over weekends, and it doesn’t in any way effect our relationships.

As for the academic side, I used to get very good points in primary school, but since st.6 also lost focus like Ashlee said above. I started homeschooling in st.7 and never looked back. My points came back up again.
Also one of the main attractions in it, for me, is the versatility you have. I’m an active person, and if you can plan your schedule well, you have much more time for yourself, your hobbies etc. Which I believe is a vital ingredient in attaining geniune interest in your school, life, self confidence and much more. And I believe it will reflect on your life one day.

Annie Says:

August 13th, 2007 at 7:08 am
The Editor,
Natal Mercury
In response to your article by Colleen Dardagan – “KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Ina Cronje has slammed home education..”
It saddens me that somebody of such high status such as the MEC of education can make comments on something she clearly has no personal experience of nor has not researched sufficiently.
We choose to homeschool our kids, for a number of reasons mainly because we believe that by home educating them, we are giving them far more than just some schooling, we are preparing them for life. They learn to think and reason for themselves instead of being forced to fit the mould of what the education department wants them to be. Some other influencing factors are the lack of safety in schools and the lack of decent affordable schools in our area. To me raising my children is a calling not just a job – and I certainly will not abandon my children for several weeks while I strike for higher wages.
As for the social aspect – I am not sure why this is always such a big issue and the first thing to be brought up when homeschooling is discussed – some of the most well balanced and well socialized kids I have met are homeschoolers. They learn to socialize at all levels and not just with their age similar peers – as they do at school, my ten year old is just as happy playing with his two year old brother as he is being around teenagers and a bonus is the fact that he does not have to deal with all the peer pressure that goes hand in hand with being in school.

Donnette Davis Says:

August 13th, 2007 at 8:16 am
Hello there

Perhaps it would have been prudent to obtain some comments form homeschooling families as to why they homeschool and the difference in their children now that they are being homeschooled to when they were in the public school system in this country before publishing such a biased one-sided and clearly uninformed article on Una Cronje’s ramblings!

I was forced through various reasons to homeschool my children, and it is the best decision I have ever made, despite my former husband trying to create a furore with the Child Welfare and the incompetent fools that run the school my child was at. This former husband (who denies paternity of said children to get out of paying maintenance) desires absolutely no contact with the girls, neither does he or did he contribute to their education financially or in any other manner…. what he together with the said incompetents were hoping to achieve, I will never know. Perhaps the less said about that the better.

I have a very real, very true and very heartbreaking story about this schooling system and what it has done to our children (after having 6 children I am not a rookie) that would shake even the most hardy of men! Viva! homeschooling! Viva! our children being allowed to grow at their own pace doing what they should be doing – being children and learning about life (yes even the alphabet and maths!) through practical hands-on experience in a loving nurturing safe environment, with people who actually DO care whether or not the child is happy, safe and not whether the bands-in-her-hair-are-blue-or-white-so-she-must-get-detention. Homeschooling parents are loving, committed, hands-on and only have the child’s best interests at heart in a one to one environment, giving the child all the love, support and encouragement in the world.

Where in this poor god-forsaken country of ours can you offer us a public school that doesn’t discriminate on race, religion, financial ability of the parent, etc. that focuses purely on the child – not whether she can read at 10 miles an hour by grade 4, but whether she is developing into a little person, and growing in her own ways, learning about life skills, hygiene, the role of the family etc. All in an environment that is safe, secure, loving and not full of 40 or 50 cross-cultural children who don’t know whether they are coming or going – simply because the person or persons entrusted with their education doesn’t have a clue!

Ina CRONJè needs to get real, look at the reality of this country as a parent trying to education their child – look at the country as a whole. Desperately sad, sickening actually that the powers that be have allowed it to get to this point – in fact contributed of not created it!!!! If the public school syste
m was the same as it was 12 or 14 years ago, sure, give it a bash! But it is not, nor is the country, nor are the people, nor is the crime rate, nor is government corruption, nor is inflation!!!!! GET REAL!

Donnette Davis

Annie Says:

August 13th, 2007 at 8:18 am
I just wanted to add the following which came to mind when I was reading a comment on another forum about this issue.

Before I became a WAHM and HSmom, I worked as an admin manager on a farm here in rural KZN, what saddened me was that we would get these “matriculant’s” applying for work – these so called “matriculant’s” couldn’t do basic maths, their spelling was atrocious and their education practically non existent, but they were the proud owners of a certificate stating how they had passed matric. If that is the state of KZN schools then I think Ina Cronje’ has no business making comments about homeschooling where kids are far ahead of these so called matriculant’s by eight years old.


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