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Quality Learning Outcomes
Reports have abundantly documented the high incidence of students who are passing through our State Schooling system and leaving without the basic academic skills they require. In Faith CSDE, parents work directly with their children and this insures they do not fall through the cracks. Parents are supported by an experienced teacher and see immediately if the child is not learning well, so they can take action to resolve the problem early before distrust or anxiety around the topic of learning is formed.

Better discipline and behavioural standards
Unfortunately, School standards of behaviour and discipline seem to have diminished over the years. As a result some Schools are not always emotionally or physically safe environments. Peer pressure seems to be the strongest influence in many students’ lives, and even students from good homes may adopt poor behavioural standards and rude behaviours. Students can be mistreated by other students who have little regard for others.

Within a loving home environment parents are free to manage the behaviour of their children, setting high standards and exercising control over the influences of negative peer pressure. It is interesting to see how students who have solid foundations laid while they are young and impressionable are better able to withstand peer pressure later in life, demonstrating independence and confidence.

Some have argued that students need to be in the “real world” and that school bullying and emotional pressures are part of life. This is a strange contrast to discussions on a young adult documentary on school bullying that showed many adults carrying hurtful memories of school bullying. With years of experience within both education and industry, I would suggest that if employees had to suffer the negatives of some of the school bullying that is all too common, they would go off on stress leave and even sue their employer for failure to provide an emotionally safe working environment.

Very few working environments subject people to the treat of physical bullying or emotional abuse. In most workplaces perpetrators of the negative behaviours we see in schools would be asked to leave immediately or even face criminal charges. So is, or should bullying and emotional abuse be acceptable for our children?

While we want our children to learn resilience, I believe this level of resilience, that many adults do not have, should not be expected at age 5 or even 15. We want our students to be confident and outgoing and we see these traits emerge when children are able to grow in security and take on challenges physical and emotional without feeling alone, threatened, or made to feel useless or ugly...

Better self concept
Students at Day Schools can face rejection and mockery from other kids for:
·          struggling to grasp skills,
·          being a gifted learner,
·          being too tall or short,
·          having different religious views,
·          or otherwise being an individual.

This creates a rejection of individual differences and damages the concept of self. Parents on the other hand, generally appreciate the specific qualities and abilities of their own children.

This encourages a celebration of individual differences and an acceptance of others. Above all, the faith your children have in God will have the chance to develop as they learn who they are, and not what the crowd wants them to be.  

Better control of peer influences
One of the biggest problems in schools is the bad influence some students have on others. Sadly, many homes do not encourage healthy social behaviour and leave it up to schools to address this issue. Distance Education families usually want to play a greater role in their children’s lives and this often correlates strong family values. Home Education students associate with the children that their family chooses for them to associate with while involved in various electives and this weakens the harmful influence of "bad crowds."