For many children, it will again become serious from Monday. Summer vacations are over in many places. But more and more students do not go to school – but are taught at home by their parents. Homeschooling in Switzerland has experienced a boom in recent years. Especially where home schooling is easily approved.
Each canton sets its own rules. Aargau and Bern are considered very generous. There, parents do not need pedagogical training to self-teach their children. Many other cantons recommend this type of training.
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Bern is a homeschooling stronghold
The rise in private home schooling is a sign of growing unease among some parents about state schools. The number of home-schooled children in the canton of Bern has increased from 166 in the 2012/13 school year to over 934. In no other canton are more children and youth taught at home.
According to the Bernese Directorate of Education, the largest increase occurred in 2019 with the outbreak of the Corona pandemic. The reason for the increase is “often families have personal life concepts that lead to the decision of private lessons”. In 2018 a master’s thesis at the University of Education Northwestern Switzerland named “sacred” and “alternative” as the most important groups of parents who withdraw their children from the state school system, at least temporarily. Huh.
3000 Kinder Im Homeschooling
In Aargau, Lucerne and Zurich, there are now significantly more children being educated privately than a few years ago. The Conference of Cantonal Education Directors estimates that approximately 3,000 children were homeschooled in the previous school year. Exact dates are missing.
The Bern Education Authority recently reacted to the surge and hired two additional staff at short notice. They are now taking care of homeschooling permits because the number of applications for some school inspectors was running out of hand.
If you want to self school your child in the canton of Bern, you need a trained teacher to guide you. It is essential that this teacher is familiar with Curriculum 21. In addition, families must submit a plan to the school inspectorate as to what will be taught. “The goal is that children can be reintegrated into primary school at any time,” says Bernese department head Irwin Sommer.
zag is restrictive
It is very strict in the canton of Zug. “Tackling homeschooling is too politically restrictive,” says Lukas Fürer, general secretary of the Directorate of Education. No family has a homeschooling permit for the new school year. Not even last year.
According to the paper belonging to the canton of Zug, personal training at home in the family is associated with “particular risks”. Approval is granted only in just exceptional cases.
banned in ticino
“By attending a public or private school, children gain experiences important for social development outside of the family and familial relationships,” Canton continues. Homeschooling can “isolate” children, which jeopardizes the upbringing of community skills. As with homeschooling, parents must ensure that children and youth “do not become psychologically or religiously dependent”.
Homeschooling is also not allowed in Ticino. “School is not only a place of learning, but also a place of relationships, trust, interaction and confrontation. It is hard to imagine that the omission of these elements would have no effect on the psychosocial development of the student and subsequent integration into compulsory education. .
demand for reconciliation
These very different rules are known as homeschooling tourism. Families apparently move to camps that liberally approve of home schooling. This is another reason why attempts were made to re-standardize the rules. The same call was made three years ago by the then SP National Councilor Adrian Wuthrich (42). However, the Federal Council saw this as unnecessary.
The SP in the canton of Aargau failed with such a request last summer. She wanted to enforce that parents teaching children should have educational qualifications. The request did not get a majority.