Why Home-Schooling? Axiological Justifications for an Education Outside of the School System [Dlaczego edukacja domowa? Aksjologiczne uzasadnienia edukacji bez szkoły]
Author(s)Anna Maria Kucharska
Special aspects of education
Theory and practice of education
The family. Marriage. Woman
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AbstractSince 1990 Poles have rediscovered home-schooling. Teaching and upbringing within the family is not a new concept – it preceded the development of institutionalised education and was strongly bonded with a social class and its needs. Nowadays, however rather unconsciously, some parents are coming back to a similar way of teaching at the same time wandering away from teaching at school with all its flaws. On the other hand home-schooling models are more often modern, Anglo-Saxon, where this form of teaching has many adherents. The idea of home-schooling, as well as its practical forms, is highly supported by a Christian schools network cooperating with Educational Association Integration. At the beginning this may sound like a paradox – a school, a non-public school, supporting teaching outside a school. The support for home-schooling is coherent with an understanding of the leading role of a family in upbringing and teaching by the Christian schools. A transfer of values between generations and in the shaping of a moral system based on them is mostly underlined. Those schools are introducing a similar vision of an upbringing and stressed the coherence of influences of a school, a family and a church, but recognise parents as the highest authority in their children's education. According to the Polish law, a Principal must give permission for allowing this type of education by the particular parents, so that institutions which are open to cooperation and which encourage home-schooling are of huge help for parents. In my article I would like to mention a controversy around home-schooling, connected with the social development of a child, socialisation and hermetic environment, however I will focus on the values being at the very centre of Christian home-schooling.