Home Schooling in the Czech Republic

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Kateřina Bočková*, Dáša Porubčanová, Michl Hanák

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The home schooling practice is a source of many debates in both academic circles and in general public as well. For many people home schooling is an oddity that can be tolerated, but there are also people advocating the public school attendance as an only effective way of educating and socializing children who are to become future social and economic power in the country. The presented paper deals with the contemporary situation of the home schooling practice in the Czech Republic. It is primarily focused on the reasons that contribute to the decision of the parents to home educate their children in any way rather than have them to attend the public school as the majority of the children do. Its primary focus is the identification of the most frequent issues contributing to the decision to home school. It also aims to answer the question whether the home schooling practice being left unrestricted would lead to the number of home-schooled children to skyrocket or if it would remain stable. It also tries to analyse what kind of effect if any the latest legislative change had on home education practice and the opinion of the general public and its attitude towards the practice. The data interpreted was obtained through the questionnaire survey, in which thirty-eight respondents participated when the reasons for home schooling were concerned and one-hundred and forty-four volunteers participated in survey on public opinion.

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