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

This is us

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Camping in Monmouthshire

by an organic vegetable garden...

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Society's grip

"Why does society need to ‘have a grip’ on education of my children? Society does not “have a grip” on whether or not I feed or clothe my children. Why does it need to “have a grip” on their education?"

From a response to A Class Apart - read it here.

Settling the Mind

The retreat consisted of teachings, meditation sessions and periods of discussion. It was mainly about "setting the mind in its natural state", being mindful of "the space of the mind and all mental phenomena that arise from moment to moment, observing them without distraction and without grasping." As a result, obsessive thoughts subside and we attain a sense of well being and peacefulness.