Dutch education does not exactly meet the requirements that many parents place on good education. That is also the reason that alternative forms of education such as the Waldorf School are so popular. But there is also a lot to be said for homeschooling ...
The democratic content of the Netherlands is, as is well known, lacking a few things.
For example, the Netherlands (with Germany) is almost the only European country homeschooling. Homeschooling came into the limelight in March 2010 because Muslim parents want to educate their daughters at home and the CDA minister Ank Bijleveld wants to put a stop to this. En passant the minister thus also gets rid of the intolerable self-secrets for civil servants and politicians who teach their children at home and think they know better than the hundreds of thousands of civil servants.
As is often the case, the problematic behavior of a number of Muslims is being abused by politicians to restrict civil rights and civil liberties. A more effective solution would have been here: making a math and language test compulsory for homeschooling parents and regularly checking the progress of children (the CITO system).
What is homeschooling?
Homeschooling is education where the parents educate their children themselves. In certain cases - parents who travel the world with their children - this is a dire necessity. About two hundred to two thousand children are currently being homeschooled. In the United States, up to five percent of schoolchildren are homeschooled. The public schools in particular are also very poor there, which contributes greatly to the popularity of homeschooling in the US.
Homeschooling and Compulsory Education Act
The Compulsory education law obliges parents to send their children to a school. Still, there are some exceptions to the law. These are:
- you lead a traveling life (Article 5a)
- there is no school with your philosophy of life (Article 5b)
- your child is physically / mentally incapable of attending a school (Article 5c)
Given the absurd protection that religion (philosophy of life, this is in practice) in the Netherlands, article 5b is the most promising for parents to be able to invoke an exemption from the Compulsory Education Act. Note: there are some limitations: for example, parents must not have sent their child to an existing school in the previous year and a request must be submitted to the mayor and aldermen of a municipality (and granted). Spending a year abroad with the children is therefore highly recommended.
The benefits of homeschooling
Parents know their child much better than a teacher. If a child does not do the homework with excuses, the educator will soon find out. Especially children who are very different from the average - very intelligent or sensitive children, for example - are better off at home than in a class with annoying children. The personal attention to a child makes children flourish. Universities such as Harvard are therefore very pleased with the results of home education.
And the cons ...
Home education makes some practical demands on the knowledge and skills of parents. They must speak good Dutch and have a reasonably good general development. They should also be able to spend a lot of time with their children, checking that their children have done their homework and preparing for lessons. In general, therefore, especially higher educated or self-taught parents will be eligible.
Dutch Homeschooling Association