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

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