I believe the Government must ensure that all children receive a fair go

The right to home education

Home schooling is a unique and often misunderstood form of Education available to parents in NSW

I first met Karleen Mercer and representatives of the Home Education Association in 2013.

I found that it was necessary for a largely ignored, small group of people to use the Christian Democratic Party as a vessel to inform the Government that something was wrong with the home education system. A petition of 10,000 signatures was compiled drawing the Governments attention to the plight of home education.  

Home schooling is a unique and often misunderstood form of Education available to parents in NSW. It empowers a parent to tailor a flexible and interactive pathway to educate their child. It can be child-directed and adapted to their ability to learn.

Many people who decide to home school their children—because of bullying or religious exemption or their children needed special care and flexibility—strong felt that the foundation of their decision was not being supported by the State.

If the State were genuinely interested in children's education, would it not embrace the opportunity to mix and match? A special needs child who is educated at home three days a week may spend the fourth day with a class at the local public school library or join the Wednesday afternoon sporting program.

I believe the Government must ensure that all children receive a fair go. Our home schoolers were asking for nothing more than a fair go.

Using the CDP’s balance of power and with the support of all the other parties in 2014 an Inquiry was conducted into Homeschooling. Giving many parents a first time opportunity to express their experience in the education system and to call for change.

I am proud of this achievement and the change we were able to initiate.