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Homeschooling numbers double in five years

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A growing number of Queensland parents are choosing to school their children from the comfort of home.

A growing number of Queensland parents are choosing to school their children from the comfort of home.

Education experts say the rising trend reflects a lack of confidence in Queensland classrooms.

New figures from Education Queensland show homeschooling numbers have nearly doubled over the past five years.

The state's cash-strapped public school are sitting on millions of unspent dollars due to principles feeling over-burdened and cautious to spend the money

There will be almost 3,500 in 2020 compared to 1770 in 2015.

Education experts say the rising number of parents choosing to homeschool their children indicates a skepticism that Queensland classrooms can accommodate all different types of learning.

Qualified school teacher and mother of a five-year-old boy, Kathryn McGowin, decided to distance her son from the mainstream school model fearing he wouldn't flourish.

"He's just got this really analytical brain," she said.

"He's always asking how and why. I would hate for one or two of his how or why questions to be squished because there isn't enough teachers to students to be able to talk to him about it."

The trend may be the result of rising skepticism of the mainstream system.

Ms McGowin is among a growing number of Queensland parents who have applied to the Education Department and been approved to provide schooling from home.

Dr Rhona Faragher from the University of Queensland said the trend is worrying and needs to be addressed urgently. 

"It's an indication this is a big problem and we need to know how to do inclusive education a lot better," she said.

Dr Rhona Faragher says it starts with more support for teachers.

"They needed support and funded support into organisations," she said

"People to go to ask those very specific questions."

Dr Faragher is calling for more research but says it's crucial the findings are actively implemented in Queensland classrooms.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-homeschooling-numbers-double-in-five-years/9648735d-b108-4664-8203-ada0e806162a

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