The Legal Aspect of Alternative Forms of Education

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The Legal Aspect of Alternative Forms of Education
The overriding law governing all education of young people in Ontario is the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.E.2. This act defines the boundaries of education that are legally acceptable and enforceable in the province of Ontario. The Education Act is often modified and adapted to the changing needs of the population. These modifications may be done by way of changes to the Act itself or by way of changes to the Regulations that support the Act. The most recent or current version has been in force since June 3, 2010. Other supporting documents generated by the Ministry of Education such as policy and program documents are developed in order to facilitate in the
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The pedagogues are essentially parents that believe that they can provide better quality education at home. In terms of academic performance, the research shows that children who are homeschooled achieve higher than their traditionally schooled counterparts. In 1990, Dr. Brian Ray (2000) conducted a survey of 1,500 homeschooling families representing 4,600 homeschooled children, the largest study of its kind at the time. Ray observed that “the home-educated students averaged at or above the 80th percentile on standardized achievement tests in all subject areas,” while the average public school result was the 50th percentile (p. 74). According to a 1999 research study conducted by L. M. Rudner which measured the academic achievement of 20,000+ homeschooled students, standardized test scores for homeschoolers fell consistently between the 75th and 85th percentiles (as cited in Wilhelm & Firmin, 2009, p. 310). Other studies have had similar findings (Ray, 2000, p. 74-75). Individualized plans, one on one attention, as well as student directed learning, are all factors that may contribute to this higher achievement of homeschooled children. While some may argue that this advantage comes at the expense of social interactions with their peers, opportunities to interact with other homeschooled children and other community and athletic group involvement effectively address the socialization issue.
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