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Homeschooling, flexible learning: 3 reasons why Aussie parents are ditching schools

Children at modern school facility
There are three major flaws in the education system that are causing parents to flock away. (Source: Getty) (Klaus Vedfelt via Getty Images)

Made possible by the Covid-induced remote working revolution, more parents than ever are ditching the traditional education system in favour of homeschooling and online learning.

All parents want the best for their children, including a say in how they are educated, which has seen parents look for education methods that offer flexible education and alternative learning instead of being locked down to classrooms, school hours and a basic curriculum.


Here are three reasons why.

1. Traditional schools aren’t personalised

Schools are becoming increasingly crowded, so personalisation is a key issue for parents.

Schools are built to accommodate enormous student populations, but each student is unique, has various requirements and learns in completely different ways.

It can be challenging for teachers to meet the unique needs of each student in a typical classroom, and that can cause some children to lose interest and lag behind.

But educational choices such homeschooling and online learning can be customised to meet the needs of each student individually, enabling them to advance at their own speed while learning through their own interests and hobbies.

2. Standardised testing is stressful

Schools, teachers, and students are evaluated on their performance using standardised examinations. This often relies on students stretching their brains to focus on memorising facts rather than using critical thinking or creativity.

Both children and parents often experience enhanced stresses and anxiety as a result of the pressure to perform well on standard tests.

I’m sure most people have felt the stresses of the classic night before flashcard ‘cram’.

But alternative schooling puts more focus on experiential learning and critical thinking, allowing kids to develop crucial abilities that aren’t assessed by standardised tests.

3. There are limited resources

Another issue with the traditional education system is limited resources. Many traditional schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms, outdated materials, and a lack of individual attention for students.

This can make it difficult for teachers to provide the level of support and attention that each student needs.

But alternative education pathways often have fewer students and more resources, making it easier for students to receive individual attention and support.

Parents now have more options for their children's education outside of the conventional educational system because of the benefits of increased flexibility, individualised curricula, and chances for student-led learning.

Students can access a variety of tools and information through online learning from any location in the world, giving them the freedom to learn at their own speed and pursue their own interests and passions.

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