Jeanne Rektorik sees home education as a model that works.
When it comes to home education, clichés are difficult. Religious families rooted in an enclosed environment? Do rich parents involve teachers in an ancient vision of education? The draft amendment to the Private Education Act opens the way for the expression of all accepted ideas and today throws the affected families into confusion or fatigue. It is time to raise the debate.
No, home education is not the prerogative of wealthy families. Families are often middle class. And if they stand out, it is because they take full responsibility for their children’s education and consciously give up their salary. There is no hesitation between a new mobile phone or a science project for children to develop.
“Adapting each child’s learning rhythm to improve their natural dispositions and help them find their way into future society.”
One third of these families are primarily looking for an education capable of adapting to each child’s learning rhythms, in order to strengthen their natural dispositions and help them orient themselves in the future society. As for the remaining two-thirds, it is the school suffering of their children that pushes them to make a difference. Isolation, harassment, loss of joy in life. Homeschooling is the last hope, even if it means venturing into the unknown.
At present, the dominant model of children’s education is limited by economics. It requires a precise organization that allows both parents to work. On the one hand, parents work, on the other, children study. We only know this to the point that it seems impossible for us to experience something else.
However, an alternative to this model is school at home, more precisely “extracurricular teaching” (IHES). In spite of everything, it offers real social wealth. Children’s learning intersects daily in an environment where all ages meet. Retirees, neighbors, professionals, friends, siblings. Children from different families sometimes study together, sometimes online, develop projects, help each other. Some even go through federal maturity. There are as many educational models as there are families.
As far as control is concerned, the same is true for all Vaud students. Children educated outside of school take the cantonal reference examinations (ECR) at school. In addition, the state provides an annual check of knowledge at home.
Today’s families are tired of accepted ideas. The cantonal association Instruire en liberté Vaud calls on self-appointed experts to think about it. study P. from 2020r Christine Brabant which conducts research on Francophonie. The conclusion is clear. The motivation of Vaudo parents is educational and social. It’s a rich model that works.