AussieHomeschool Closing Down 11/14/2019All good things must come to an end and AussieHomeschool is no different. It is with much sadness yet even more necessity that this must be so. As of Sunday evening, 17/11/2019 the Discussion Forums will close. The Classifieds, for now although not indeterminate, will continue as is. Why is this happening now? In all honesty, it probably should have happened many years ago but I created this forum, which originally a homeschool classifieds forum for Aussies, about 20 years or so ago. I, along with others for whom I am gratefully indebted to, have spent many, many hours sweating, laughing, praying, crying, writing, apologising, pleading and speaking about this wonderful place. In this day and age of Social Media, along with our ages and therefore differernt stages of life, it is simply not viable in any way for it to continue. You may think differently and that's okay - you honestly have to have lived through some of the dramas and learning opportunities that we all have to truly appreciate why we have the standards that we do - they were borne out of necessity and not undertaken lightly. Much blood, sweat and tears have been spilt over this place. Even more friendships, learning, debate, love, prayer and great times have been had becuase of AussieHomeschool. No one could ever be more thankful for it than I.
I understand you may feel frustration or even anger and for that I apologise, I feel you. But now it is YOUR time to go out and spread the word of home education and its benefits. Share YOUR story, tell those you know and don't know about homeschooling and what is has done for your family. On behalf of John (my long suffering and patient husband), myself and the ENTIRE moderating team over the many years - I THANK YOU and WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOURS. God Bless, Susan (HomeGrownKids / AussieHomeschool)
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HomeGrownKids posted a topic in Homeschool ItemsMost homeschoolers are one income families and always looking for ways to be frugal and wise stewards of their finances. However, with today’s technology it is easy to cross the line from being frugal to committing illegal and unethical acts. Computers, the Internet and file sharing websites have allowed the sharing of intellectual property ridiculously easy with the click of a mouse button. Many times, people are unaware that they are breaking copyright laws so we try to inform users and work with them. We encourage homeschoolers to have integrity by following the principle of educational fair use. Defining this to cover every possibility or infraction is not easy but there are a few guidelines that we can take note of: A producer of material has rights concerning the way their material can be copied. When you purchase an item from Homeschooling DownUnder or Education Reformation (as an example) you buy the material with the understanding that the publisher, the copyright owner, has certain and specific rights. If in doubt, check with the publisher or author of the material. This information is usually included at the beginning of the book or resource. If not, you can contact many of the self publishers through AussieHomeschool. AussieHomeschool maintains the right to delete any ad selling, promoting or giving away materials that are protected by copyright practice. Before placing your ad, check that you have the right to copy, promote, sell or give away the item!