Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I got married!

... and you'll be able to find some photos here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

We have moved

From now on you'll find us here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Time out

This blog will probably hibernate for a while.

There is a lot going on at the moment, lots of changes and transitions, not much time left for blogging!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tears after autistic pupil’s attacks

"A teacher said she was left in tears and hiding in her school’s staff room following the last of four violent attacks by a pupil. Teresa McCarthy, 51, quit her job because of stress and depression following the assaults by a 13-year-old boy, who is autistic."


How many times are autistic boys left in tears and hiding somewhere in school? If the manifestation of their stress levels is neurotypically interpreted as an "attack", how can they get the empathy and care they need, let alone an education? Do they have the option to quit school and enjoy an environment truly suited to their special needs?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Monday, October 27, 2008

Aspies on the news...

Purley Asperger's boy still without school place

"A Purley boy with Asperger’s syndrome is still languishing at home, two months after being turned away from school."


Home education on the news...

More reasons to home educate:

USA - The New Way Parents Avoid Vaccination : "... a growing number of moms and dads are choosing to teach their kids at home to avoid forced immunizations. [...] most states don't require home-schooled children to be vaccinated at all." - also here...

And some different ideas about home education:

1) United Arab Emirates - "The previous year she had tried home education but her daughter had found it boring and isolating spending her days alone with a tutor." Read more...

2) UK - The manager explained: “We provide a home education programme for 1-6 years olds." Read more...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Electing for home education

"I RECALL an article in The Star in October 2006, regarding truancy sweeps. The council made several negative assertions regarding children not in school, apparantly unaware of the legality of elective home education, and the fact that a growing number of parents in Sheffield have made the decision to educate their children themselves."


Monday, October 20, 2008

No place for aspies

"LITTLE Tyler Foster has had to stay at home since the start of term because education chiefs cannot find him a school place. The five-year-old has Asperger’s syndrome, which affects his ability to make friends and interact."


Running costs ‘too high’ at Asperger’s centres: "Two centres for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome near Shrewsbury are being forced to close next year because of funding difficulties."


Timeout rooms

"After failing to finish an assignment, 8-year-old Isabel Loeffler was sent to the school’s timeout room — a converted storage area under a staircase. Isabel, who has autism, was left alone there for three hours and wet herself before she was finally allowed to leave. Appalled, her parents removed her from the school district and filed a lawsuit."


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Home Education News

Home education is making headlines in Brazil.

One article reminds the population that according to Brazilian law parents are not allowed to teach their children at home. Another talks about the Schurmann family, whose children learn while traveling the world.

In Spain, la escuela en casa se pone de moda: "Un creciente colectivo de familias neoyorquinas aboga por la defensa de la no escolarización y la educación de los hijos en edad preescolar en el propio domicilio familiar."

In Argentina, la Justicia autorizó a 2 niñas a estudiar en su casa.

Canada: Learning Their ABC's At Home
Home-schooling parents live frugally

USA: The Anti-Schoolers
Home schooled students excel in life, academics
Homeroom's new meaning

Birthday Boy

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Home-schooling to avoid vaccinations

It seems that in the USA some parents are deciding to home-educate their children because they believe that "mandated vaccinations for public and private school children are a dangerous overreach by state governments."


The rise of home educated tennis star

"Three months after winning the junior Wimbledon title the rising star of British tennis is mixing it with the senior circuit's seasoned pros."

Read Paul Newman's report on Laura Robson here.

Antonia Chitty's new book

"Whatever kind of solution a parent may be looking for the book is designed to help by advising on how to talk to the school to get a problem resolved, to change schools within the state system along with alternative schooling such as boarding school's or home education and, importantly how to tackle a potential problem by talking it over with the child."


Or buy it here.

Home schooling: one month in

... and we still think we're right. Probably… Our families have begun to up the pressure but we're sticking to our guns. Read more...

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Britain's demonisation of children

UN report criticises Britain's 'demonising' and jailing of children: "Too many children are being imprisoned in Britain and demonised as criminals. [...] The demonisation of young people was a prominent theme. The report regretted a "general climate of intolerance and negative public attitudes towards children" in the media and elsewhere.

The UN document criticised ultrasound devices used to disperse youngsters, and asbos, both of which, it said, "may violate the rights of children to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly". Another worry was the national DNA database, which keeps the records of children whether or not they have offended."

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Say hello...

Hi there! If you pop by, do say hello...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Children's Rights


On the news...

In Coventry alone, over 200 parents were fined for kids' truancy: "The law says all children of school age must go to school unless they are being provided with an alternative education at home by parents or private tutors."

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Government response to EO Lone Parent Petition

"We received a petition asking:

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to permit home educating lone parents to remain on Income Support.”

Details of Petition:

“Lone parents have additional caring responsibilities and make a vital contribution to society raising and educating children who for one reason or another do not fit into the state system. Home education is not a lifestyle choice; for home educated children it is quite literally a lifeline. Every home educated child saves the Government £5,000 a year in school funding. On JSA hundreds of children will be plunged into poverty.The weekly family income will be cut by up to £60 a week. Sufficient appropriate affordable childcare is not available in order for home educating lone parents to work outside the home. Home educating lone parents want to work as soon as they are able to do so. Home educating lone parents should have access to a full range of support for return to employment, but increased conditionality and compulsion will only ruin vulnerable children’s lives, which surely was not the Government’s intention.”

While the Government recognises that lone parents have the right to home educate their children it does not provide funding for them to do so. Lone parents who currently receive Income Support are eligible for that benefit on the grounds that they have sole responsibility for the upbringing of a child, not because they are educating their children at home. A parent who chooses to do so must be prepared to accept that they are responsible for all of the costs associated with that decision.

Our proposal is that, subject to the passage of regulations, new obligations will be introduced for lone parents when their youngest child reaches 12 and over from November 2008; 10 and over from October 2009; and 7 and over from October 2010. At those stages lone parents will no longer be eligible to claim Income Support based solely on being a lone parent, and may claim Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or another appropriate benefit instead.

A lone parent choosing to home educate their children will not necessarily lose entitlement to benefits, though they will be required to demonstrate that they are seeking work. When making a claim for JSA, a lone parent will establish a Jobseeker’s Agreement setting out what they will do to obtain paid work but this will be tailored to their circumstances. Therefore the Agreement can contain restrictions on availability for paid work, for example, due to caring responsibilities or the need to restrict availability for work to school hours.

In order to safeguard the welfare of children the draft proposals for regulations include a further safety net, to give Jobcentre Plus additional discretion so that a lone parent who is claiming JSA will not be penalised if they leave a job, or fail to take up a job, because appropriate, affordable childcare is not available. They will need to demonstrate that they have made genuine efforts to locate such childcare, but this will provide home educators with protection if local services that meet their needs are not available.

Under the JSA arrangements lone parents will continue to have access to a range of pre-employment support such as the New Deal for Lone Parents. Provision will also be available to lone parents on entering work, including financial support measures to ease the transition from being on benefit to moving to employment in the first months of a job."

As seen here...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Asperger Syndrome: Today's Man

More info here. Download torrent here.

On the news...

Homeschooling Surges in U.S.: "Homeschooling is no longer just an offbeat trend or an avant-garde educational choice. With more than 2 million homeschooled students in the United States, parents' reasons for opting out of traditional public school are as varied as their demographics."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Snooping lollipops

"Lollipop ladies across the country are to be equipped with cameras hidden in their poles." Read more...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Peer Pressure

or the power of conformity...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Home education success

...in just eight months: "Before she began studying Italian, Anna Bashall could not speak a word of the language. In just eight months the 17-year-old has not only passed a GCSE in the subject, but also been named in the top ten in the UK."

Anna has been home-schooled since she was 13.

Also on the papers, home schooling is nothing radical:

"Johann Hari (Opinion, 11 September) really ought to be a little more careful. Home education in the UK has a long and proud tradition, and there are a huge number of families who are actively involved in a thriving home-education community. The kids have a great time and are bright and well adjusted. They can count, too. [...] These kids are not being "uneducated" or abused. They're just being educated by their parents. Not very radical really.

Read more... [scroll down a bit...]

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Children Learning at Home

A book by Julie Webb - Read it here.

Home Education - News

At home with learning: "IN TODAY'S society, how many parents are actually aware of their options when it comes to educating their children? For example, did you know you do not have to tell the Local Education Authority if you choose not to send your child to school or that you do not need any qualifications or teaching experience to home school them?" Read more...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Honey, I think we're home-schooling the kids

Adharanand Finn tells us here why he decided to home-educate his daughter.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The "crime" of home educating

A Brazilian family has been threatened with imprisonment and the loss of custody of their children for the "crime" of home educating. Read more here and here.

Ver mais aqui e aqui.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The ABCs of Home Schooling

Parents opt to teach kids at home for growing list of reasons

"While experts say most parents who homeschool do so for religious reasons, an increasing number of families are making the same choice for reasons beyond the stereotype. Homeschooling has emerged as a growing option for families of children who have special learning needs; are academically or athletically gifted; suffer from health problems; or just don't fit the mold of traditional public schools, experts say. And with the growth of cooperative learning groups as well as support groups on the Internet, homeschooling has become a less isolating endeavor."

Friday, September 12, 2008

Home Education - News

If you came across Johann Hari's article, make sure you read the reply from Education Otherwise spokesperson Ann Newstead and from Bishop Hill.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Home Education - News

Michelle Stuart, a home educator in West Lothian, could teach officials a lesson: "Becoming a home educator was a steep learning curve for me. Having suffered agonies with my daughter due to school-related problems and the system's failure to accommodate her needs, I had no choice but to take back personal responsibility for her education."


Check out Carlotta's blog for more home ed news links.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

An aspie love story

Mozart and the Whale: They don't fit in; except together...

Watch the rest here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Ben X

"Ben X" is a Belgian film about a teenager with Asperger Syndrome who escapes a life of constant bullying and torture by his peers through the online role playing game Archlord. Communication is difficult for Ben, not just because of his condition but as a result of constant heckling from his classmates. He creates a parallel fantasy world that he retreats into as his real one gets increasingly unbearable. Ben develops a plan to escape it permanently but the emergence of Scarlite, a girl he met in an online game, adds a surprise twist to the story."

Watch trailer here.
Download torrent here.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Asperger's and School

From Nena's Aspie Diary

If you liked the video, why not subscribe to Nena's channel?

Disadvantages of homeschooling

If you came across the article on the disadvantages of homeschooling, make sure you read Carlotta's reply.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Not back-to-school week

Home education is on the news once again.
The Times has an article you can read online:

Down wiv school: children are best educated at home

This week need not be back-to-school week. Parents as well as their kids can benefit from home education:

"The return to school is a well-established part of the journey of life. It seems normal, right and inevitable. But actually it is none of these things. Yes, it is normal in the early 21st century. But if modern civilisation started about 10,000 years ago, this way of treating children has been “normal” only for the last 2 per cent of the time. It is a new, artificial construct designed to provide education at low cost. It certainly was not created to provide a pleasant or socialising experience for children.

Schools are not clearly “right”, either. People tend to think that what everyone does and what they themselves experienced must be right. But there is nothing obviously ideal about delivering your children to other people who do not love them as you do, and who are likely to teach them things with which you may disagree. And sending children to school is not inevitable. Under the law, children must be educated. But they do not have to be educated at a school. There is another way." - James Bartholomew


Other articles:

What homeschooling taught me
Is home-schooling a wise move for children?
Home tuition is one answer

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Home Educated Savant

From Wikipedia: "Matt was a precocious infant who walked early and learned to read by age 18 months. He was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, a form of autism, at age three. Matt did not like any noises or music during his early childhood. At age six, Matt taught himself to read piano music. He and his younger sister, Rebecca, are both home schooled. Despite his young age and his autism, and even without formal instruction in musical composition, Matt is an accomplished musician and composer."

Matt also appears in Mad but Glad, a documentary exploring the links between 'madness' and creativity. Part 2 can be watched here.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The spirituality of education

Parker Palmer: "A spirituality of ends wants to dictate the desirable outcomes of education in the life of the student. It uses the spiritual tradition as a template against which the ideas, beliefs, and behaviours of the student are to be measured. The goal is to shape the student to the template by the time his of her formal education concludes.

But that sort of education never gets started; it is no education at all. Authentic spirituality wants to open us to truth - whatever truth may be, wherever truth may take us. Such a spirituality does not dictate where we must go, but trusts that any path walked with integrity will take us to a place of knowledge. Such a spirituality encourages us to welcome diversity and conflict, to tolerate ambiguity, and to embrace paradox. By this understanding, the spirituality of education is not about dictating ends. It is about examining and clarifying the inner sources of teaching and learning, ridding us of the toxins that poison our hearts and minds."

Listen online: Parker Palmer Podcasts

Child Genius

This channel 4 documentary includes two gifted children who are, or at least were, at some point, home educated: Adam Napier-Smith and Peter Williams. Curious? Watch it online: Part 1 - Part 2

Monday, September 01, 2008

Rudolf Steiner & Waldorf Education

Read Steiner's books on education (PDF format) or listen to his lectures (just click on the book covers).

[from: Waldorf Homeschoolers]

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Home Education - News

Bid to tighten up on home education: "Children being educated at home will continue “falling through the net” if the Scottish Government does not tighten up its legislation, a councillor has warned." - Read more... [Find out more about the new consultation here and here.]

Teach at home, by example: "My kids are home educated. Four have graduated; two have completed traditional college programs, and two are taking classes. Five, including our daughter with special needs, continue to study with me. The truth is, you could do it. You can learn how to effectively teach your children the required subject matter. But beyond that, you teach them by example every day. Parents are their children's best teachers." - Read more...

Home school or not? "Home schooling is not a new phenomenon, the practice dates back centuries but started to fade after the mid-19th century, when the first wave of compulsory school attendance laws emerged. In the 1960s, the social climate led to a resurgence of home schooling among progressive, young parents. Evangelical Christians and fundamentalists latched on to home schooling in the 1980s. The spectrum has since broadened to include parents who are dissatisfied with schools' ability to educate their children, parents who fear for their children's safety, and parents who simply want to be closer to their kids." Read more...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Autism Puzzle

"Filmmaker Saskia Baron has unique insights into autism. Her older brother, Timothy, is profoundly autistic. When he was diagnosed in 1961, his parents found that there was no education available for children with autism their fate was mental handicap hospitals and sedation. Unwilling to accept such a prospect, Timothy's parents got together with other families with autistic children and started the National Autistic Society in 1962. Together, the parents established the first school in the world for autistic children in 1965. Using a recently rediscovered film of that school, the documentary explores how life turned out for the first generation of children to be diagnosed with autism in Britain."

Watch it online: Part 1 - Part 2

Minimally Invasive Education

Sugata Mitra on how kids teach themselves.

"A child is curious by nature; he or she has a natural instinct to make sense of the world around him. The need to explore on their own is a strong motivating aspect that provides the necessary impetus to go ahead with learning."

Friday, August 29, 2008

How to Grow a Free School

"The Albany Free School is the oldest inner-city democratic school in the country. Founded in 1969 by Mary Leue, the school is a racially and economically diverse learning community of 60 students ages 3-14, teachers, and volunteers. Academics are entirely non-coercive and all members of the school community have decision-making power. This workshop includes a panel of teachers and students explaining how the Free School has been built and sustained."

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Summerhill Documentary

"Summerhill School is an independent British boarding school that was founded in 1921 by Alexander Sutherland Neill with the belief that the school should be made to fit the child, rather than the other way around."

Watch online: Part 1 - Part 2

Summerhill - A S Neill

Some quotes from the story of the 1st free school in the world:

"Most of the schoolwork that adolescents do is simply a waste of time, of energy, of patience. It robs youth of its right to play and play and play; it puts old heads on young shoulders."

"The molded, conditioned, disciplined, repressed child, the unfree child, lives in every corner of the world. He lives in our town just across the street. He sits at a dull desk in a dull school and later, he sits at a duller desk in an office or on a factory bench. He is docile, prone to obey authority, fearful of criticism, and almost fanatical in his desire to be normal, conventional, and correct. He accepts what he has been taught almost without question; and he hands down all his complexes and fears and frustrations to his children."

"To give freedom is to allow the child to live his own life. Thus expressed, it seems simple. Only our disastrous habit of teaching and molding and lecturing and coercing renders us incapable of realizing the simplicity of true freedom."

Read the book online...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Home Education - News

Protest over science centre closure plan: "Ms Hawkshaw, a home educator who founded the Young Scientist Forum, a group of home educated young science fans, along with her son, Ira Tungate, eight, is hoping to bring more pressure to bear on council and business chiefs with the protest and is urging parents to bring along their children to the event. She said: "I want children to come and protest and have their say as it's a centre for them more than adults. A lot of under-fives use the facility. It's such a valuable educational resource, particularly if you are a home educator."


Friday, August 22, 2008


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Home Education - News

No school like home: "Home education, long dismissed as a hippy option, can be 'astonishingly efficient', says a new study. Jessica Shepherd meets the children who don't go to school." - Read more...

Other success stories: "Twins Rosalind and Vanessa Donhowe-Mason were among the biggest successes. The girls, who were home educated, both took 5 A-levels, with Rosalind gaining all grades As and Vanessa gaining four As and a B. Rosalind now hopes to study law, while Vanessa will be taking a chemistry A-level to allow her to study medicine."

Tennis hotshot Pippa Carr now receives home education to allow for her five-and-a-half hours of training per day with her personal coach.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Maire Mullarney

Maire Mullarney, mother, home educator, nurse, founder member of the Green Party, journalist and author, has died. Marie Mullarney taught her 11 children at home. She didn't have any teaching experience when she started. One of her books was very influential in home education. What follows is from its introduction:

"If those inside cannot repair the system it is up to those outside to move. Anything school can do, you can do better is my contribution. After some eighteen quiet years of childwatching I had come to realize that school was a time-wasting and inefficient attempt to enable one generation to share knowledge with the next. It had not dawned on me that sharing knowledge was only a minor purpose of the system..."

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More Choose Home Education

"GROWING numbers of parents are deserting Scotland’s failing state schools to educate their children at home."


Saturday, August 09, 2008

Photo mania!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Jerry Mintz and Nellie Dick

Jerry Mintz has been described as an alternative education expert and Nellie Dick as a pioneer in the alternative education movement. Here's two short videos uploaded by Education Revolution - to watch them, click on the titles:

Jerry Mintz Interview
Nellie Dick and the Modern School

Some more photos...

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Vaccine Nation

Watch it here...

Along the canal

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Cognitive Theories & Autism

How Cognitive Theories Can Help Us Explain Autism
"Uta Frith, Professor in Cognitive Development at the University of London, looks at a whole causal chain of step-by-step explanations for autism."

Victoria Park, Bath

Monday, August 04, 2008

Wise Up Home Education

Home educating parents in South Wales received £5,000 from Awards for All.


By the Canal

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Nature Photos

Saturday, August 02, 2008

King Bladud's Pigs in Bath

Check out more photos here or their website.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

In Praise of Idleness

by Bertrand Russell - listen here ...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Learn Nothing Day

More info here.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rat Race

Check out Polyp for more cartoons!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Single-Parent Home-Educators?

A video by Rowan B. Fortune Wood

More videos here...
To sign the petition click here.

Link: Should lone parents be forced back to work? Lord Avebury

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Children leaving school

Traveller children leaving school because of bullying: "CHILDREN are pulling out of secondary schools because they are being bullied and discriminated against. The children are now being educated at home rather than at school. [...] when families opt out of school, the home education service monitors the provision and ensures standards are maintained."


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Find out why they stay home

Comment to ‘Huge’ rise in home education in Lancashire:

"The councillors, and the rest of us, need to know precisely why so many parents are choosing not to send their sons and daughters to school. There should be a closer investigation to pinpoint exactly what is happening and why."


Monday, July 14, 2008

Home Education on the News

‘Huge’ rise in home education in Lancashire: "THERE has been a “huge” increase in the number of parents shunning Lancashire’s schools and educating their children at home. New figures reveal the number of youngsters on the county’s home education register has more than doubled since 2000 — with bullying increasingly cited as the reason."


Bullying means rise in home learning: PARENTS of both bullying victims and expelled bullies are turning to home schooling in a bid to salvage an education for their children. [...]One mother said her 14-year-old - who has autistic spectrum disorder - had been subjected to a decade of physical and mental attacks, which left him reclusive and on anti-depressant drugs."


We Lock Our Kids Away From Society in Schools ... Prisoners of the System: "Our children are the most vulnerable part of our society, and yet we lock them away from society in these educational institutions. We suppress their natural desire to explore and learn in favour of a rigid curriculum that makes them a prisoner of their own education instead of an interested participant. Schools at 16 still want children to put their hand up when they want to go to the toilet, which is a basic human function. Then they let the children leave into an adult world and expect them to have an adult's understanding of the world, which they don't."


Some parents try to mask children’s school absence: "while many parents educate children at home for right and proper reasons, there are others who are masking pupil absence from school – or any other form of education – by claiming to be home educators."


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Thich Nhat Hanh on learning

Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to receive others' viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout our entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.

Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education. However, through compassionate dialogue, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Khalil Gibran on wisdom

'Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry,
the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness
which does not bow before children'

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Charlotte Mason

Fancy some online reading? What about...

Home education series (volume 1) by Charlotte Mason?
You can download it here. And you'll find volume 3 here.

"Let children alone... the education of habit is successful in so far as it enables the mother to let her children alone, not teasing them with perpetual commands and directions - a running fire of Do and Don’t ; but letting them go their own way and grow, having first secured that they will go the right way and grow to fruitful purpose."

Also worth checking:
Charlotte Mason's
20 Principles

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Homeschooling in Germany

"It is estimated that more than 50,000 children in the UK are educated at home. Homeschooling is allowed in most of Europe although it is considered socially unacceptable, and therefore, is not practised in many countries. In Germany home education is not tolerated and many authorities have introduced stringent measures to force parents to send their children to mainstream schools. Recently a couple was given a three month prison sentence for teaching their five children at home.

Andrew Littlejohn met the Skeets and the Landahls who moved to the Isle of Wight from Germany to escape the pressures against homeschooling their children."

To listen click here [BBC Radio 4 - The Learning Curve - 7 July 2008]

Monday, July 07, 2008

Home Educators - Wimbledon

Home Educators Win the Day at Wimbledon
Wimbledon Finalist home schools

From: Dare to know

Essential Education

Today's Link:

16 Guidelines for a Happy Life

"The aim of the 16 Guidelines for a Happy and Meaningful Life is to help people create
happiness for themselves and others.

The purpose of this guide is to inspire and help
people to organise study programmes based on these guidelines."

Friday, July 04, 2008

Schools out

From The Star: "More and more parents are choosing not to send their children to school. [...] you won't find a desk, a blackboard or even any exercise-books in their household. The children don't have a set curriculum, lessons or homework. They simply learn through play and set their own agenda guided by their interests."


Contrary to popular belief it is both legal and reasonable to educate your child at home. It's a growing phenomenon - last year 50,000 kids were home educated, that's a 17% increase on 2006.

Bullying, poor educational standards, religion, special needs and school choice are all common reasons for home educating. It can be a natural choice for parents who want to continue their child's early learning and see no reason to stop when the child reaches the age of five. The method of learning is entirely personal and parents can use any approach considered suitable.

A UK support website for those practising home education education-otherwise advises: "You do not need to 'know everything' - a more important skill these days, with the ever increasing volume of facts which changes and soon becomes out of date, is learning how to learn, how to think, how to find information and where to look."

Read it here.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

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