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.