Monday, June 30, 2008

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Lamrim Buddhist Centre, Wales

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Home Education - News

Financial Times: A Class Apart, by Rob Blackhurst

"It’s 11 o’clock on Tuesday morning. Throughout Britain, school bells are ringing and corridors are pressed with shrieking teenagers on their way from geography to double science. Excuses are being formulated for late homework; gossip is being shared. But elsewhere, an alternative vision of contemporary British education can be seen. Across kitchen tables and on suburban sofas, in museums and parks, a growing tribe of home-schooled children is learning without whiteboards, timetables or uniforms."

Read it here.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Home Education - News

Alan Smithers: Home education's time may have come

"Home education's time, therefore, may have come. It is specifically listed as an accepted method of full-time education up to age 18 and it is exempted from the requirement to be following a curriculum leading to a recognised qualification. As well as the growing numbers claimed by home education enthusiasts, its ranks could thus be swelled by those wishing to escape the government's impositions on 16 to 18 year-olds."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lao-Tzu on Education

The ancient Masters
didn't try to educate the people,
but kindly taught them to not-know.

When they think that they know the answers,
people are difficult to guide.

When they know that they don't know,
people can find their own way.

Lao-Tzu on Knowledge

In pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.

Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can't be gained by interfering.

Lao-Tzu on Not Knowing

Not-knowing is true knowledge.
Presuming to know is a disease.
First realize that you are sick;
then you can move toward health.

The Master is her own physician.
She has healed herself of all knowing.
Thus she is truly whole.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Long term breastfeeding

Home educating mum raises awareness of the advantages of long term breastfeeding. Read it here and here.

Don't think I've ever mentioned it, but DJ was 4 when he stopped breastfeeding. Here, the Dalai Lama talks about the link between breastfeeding and the development of altruism & affection. He tells how his own dad, at 10 or 11, was still asking for mummy milk.

Todays link: Breastfeeding Community

Dalai Lama on Education

The Dalai Lama talks about the purpose of education. Check out: The Human Brain and Intelligence; Global Responsibility and The Practice of Compassion. To listen click here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Home educated wins award

"An inspirational student has overcome dyspraxia, beaten the bullies and won the prestigious Student of the Year 2008 award at Milton Keynes College. Matthew, aged 18, was home educated after a challenging time at school and his secondary education was entirely conducted by his parents. He took the big step of going to college because he wanted to re-integrate himself into mainstream education."

"It's been an absolute roller coaster journey for me. Being home educated for five years after suffering terrible bullying at school I now feel that I've come out on top. They were wrong and I was right, I believed in myself and now I have won."


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Home-edding Author

Award-winning children's author Michelle Magorian youngest son, George, 14, learns at home.

'He has had difficulties. The only way I can describe it is a dyslexia of speech. I was having problems getting him into a school and finding him the education he needed. So I decided to home school. It hasn't been easy but the reward is that he's flourishing. He has a high IQ and when his speech is up to scratch he'll fly. He's doing wonderfully already. He has an aptitude for music and he's been writing – dialogue would you believe!'

Read it here...

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Schools Out

A video by Graham Attwell, looking at the reasons to move from the industrial schooling system to Personal Learning Environments.

Increase in home education

"THE number of parents who chose to home educate their children across Peterborough has risen 17 times over in a decade."

"A lot of parents opted for home tutoring because their child is unhappy at school. Other reasons are that their child has dyslexia or asperger's, and feel they can give their children a better education at home."


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Join Freecycle

"Janet and Phil, a professional genealogist and former teacher, have collected all manner of things to help home educate their children including craft items and display boards.

"Freecycle has truly become part of our lives because it is the first place I think of to ask for any unusual or hard to obtain items. We recycle wherever possible, always buy second hand or obtain items from Freecycle, we home educate our children so we don't cost the taxpayer for our children's education and we don't claim benefits. We try to make a minimum impact on the world as far as we can."


Sign this petition

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

More details...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Children being in the world

A film by KB Jinan.

See re-cognition and manishjainudr's videos for more.

Home Ed News

U.K. home-schoolers come to Tokyo for robot comp

"While most other groups at the competition were from school-based robotics/science clubs, the British team, named Tech HEds, had one unique characteristic: All of them are home-schoolers, who, rather than attend school, study at their own homes.

How can they become so good at complex stuff such as robotics without going to school? Precisely because they don't go to school, according to parents of Tech HEds children. Members and their parents have opted for home education for a variety of reasons. Heidi De Wet decided to remove her two children from their school after she found that it was not providing enough support for her older boy, who has Asperger's syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects a child's ability to socialize and communicate with others. It is considered a mild form of autism."


Related story: Home-schooling on the rise

Elective home education

"Headteacher David Dixon takes a close look at the philosophy behind elective home education, enshrined in a recent consultation document on guidelines to cover this parental option."

Read it here.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Forced labour for lone parents

"Under the new rules, lone parents who depend on Income Support while caring for their children will lose benefits unless they actively seek work as soon as their youngest child reaches 12 (from November 2008), with the age threshold reducing to seven by 2010."


"These regulations will effectively transfer parents' responsibility to decide what is best for their own children's care on to job centre bureaucrats, who will simply follow the government mantra to 'get lone parents into work' regardless of family circumstances."

Barbara Stark, AHEd Chair

AHED's campaign to support lone parents
Schoolhouse's campaign to support lone parents

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Living curriculum

... for home educators: "To those of us who educate our children through the state or private sector, home education is a bit of a mystery, an option we wouldn't contemplate because we think it is too time-consuming or that we're not qualified enough to pass on knowledge to our children.

Yet, although parents admit it is a huge commitment in terms of both time and effort, they don't have to be super-educated or have teaching qualifications. What they do need to accept is the responsibility for keeping their children intellectually stimulated and culturally curious."