Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Home schooling best for us

HOME school families from across the Island gathered in Newport to raise concerns about a national review. Read more...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Home ed newsround

A group of parents who teach their children at home claim the school system is broken and lets children down. Read more...

Home educating parents are not ‘refusing to send their child to school’. The law makes parents responsible for providing an education suitable to the age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs of the child by attendance at school...or otherwise. We are part of the ‘otherwise’. Home education has equal status in law. Read it here.

Jamaica: Tricia and Julian made the decision a year ago to pull their children out of conventional schooling and educate them at home. Ten months later, they have no regrets and are pleased with the progress their offspring are making. Check it out here.

Australia: Kerri isn't sending her children back to school, despite threats of legal action. Read it here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Home educated young scientist

Wilf Bond and his innovative apple picking machine are the stars of a children’s television programme.

Read it here.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Came across this on YouTube...

Home ed ongoing war with authorities

A judge in Germany has left a teen in the custody of his parents – for now – a big win in their ongoing war with authorities over the legitimacy of home education practices. (...)

One of the first acts by Adolf Hitler when he moved into power was to create the governmental Ministry of Education and give it control of all schools and school-related issues. In 1937, the dictator said,

"The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing."

Read it here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Future trends: homeschooling will replace schools

The kind of society Americans know and support cannot continue, said James Howard Kunstler, author of "The Long Emergency", a book about the issues future generations will face regarding the oil crisis, global warming and living in suburbia. (...) In the future, there will no longer be centralized school districts, or as Kunstler calls them, "pupil sheds." Homeschooling will replace public schools, he noted. From here.

Video: Deschooling Ourselves

Undoing the Unconscious Habits of School

Charles Eisenstein - 2008 AERO Conference (from here).

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Home education newsround

Brits tighten screws on home schooling

Families protest against proposed changes to home schooling: FAMILIES staged a protest in Stratford Park, Stroud against proposed Government reforms which they fear would make home education too similar to school. Parents and children from across Gloucestershire enjoyed a picnic and covered the bandstand in messages in opposition to Graham Badman’s independent review of home education. Read it here.

What happened next with the 7 year old boy snatched from plane in Sweden 3 months ago because the parents wanted to home school him? See here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Home ed is the best answer for some children

NOT many parents would take on the challenge of home educating their children, but Mick and partner Sylv felt they had no choice.

Read it here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Home ed newsround

Home-schooling must be brought under Government control, says a Government-backed report. More here.

Laignee is the only home-schooled student in this year's freshman class, and just one of 25 who applied. Read it here.

Alaska — If Alaska parents want to home-school their child, no paperwork needs to be filed, no phone call made. No one need be told. As for the student, no specific subjects need to be studied, no number of hours need be logged behind a desk, no tests taken. Should Alaska join the ranks of other states by tightening its home-schooling laws? Read it here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

And a couple more news items...

Graham Badman, author of the government review into home education, has made an urgent request to councils in a bid to reinforce his report with extra evidence. In a letter sent out to directors of children's services last week, Badman said: "I would like to strengthen my statistical evidence in advance of the select committee hearing so that it is more extensive and statistically... Read it here.

Home educators today reacted in astonishment to news that the covering letter from DCSF admits that the evidence on which the 28 recomendations were based was a "small sample" and that they needed to show "more statistically rigorous" information to the Inquiry. Results from Freedom of Information requests has shown that only 25 out of 152 local authorities responded to the earlier request. More here.


Too many pupils with behavioural problems are being excluded unofficially by heads who can’t deal with them. Parents are often asked to remove their child voluntarily from classes rather than the school imposing a statutory period of expulsion. The illegal practice is blamed for a recent drop in official exclusion figures. Read it here.

War on homeschoolers spreading? Advocacy group challenges Swedish authorities to explain abduction of 7-year-old. Read it here.

Illinois parents turn to homeschool after daughter's sexual incident at school. Here.

Unschooling: A Lifestyle of Learning, the new book by Sara McGrath, is now out. More here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bad regulations for home educators

Graham Badman asks local authorities to identify the number of home educated children who currently fall into categories as stated in the attached letter by 1 October 2009.

Other news:

How Much Should Government Regulate Home Schooling?

Sweden—the Next Germany for Homeschoolers?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Not back to school picnics on the news

Picnics celebrate home education: a nationwide event has been staged by the supporters of home education to highlight its benefits. Around 40 picnics were held in locations across England, including Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Read it here.

BRISTOL families who educate their children at home met for a picnic yesterday as part of a nationwide campaign to challenge people's views of home schooling. More here.

OXFORD home schooled children and their parents came to the centre to protest against a Government review they said threatens to burst their bubble. Read it here.

On BBC Radio Oxford there's an interview with a local home edder and her teenage daughter - listen here (29mns on).

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Hundreds of children are educated 'otherwise than at school' be it in a structured school at home setting, or a more 'free-range' autonomous approach. Here.

SHEFFIELD parents who refuse to send their children to school staged a picnic in the Peace Gardens in defence of their right to educate their youngsters at home. More here.

BIRMINGHAM School stayaways enjoyed a picnic yesterday as part of a national celebration of home education. Handsworth mum tells us why she is keeping her son out of the classroom here.

NORFOLK parents who home educate their children said they feared the freedom it brings them and their youngsters could be under threat from the government. Read it here.

SOUTH DEVON: Parents and children from Torbay and Totnes celebrated the fact they were not back at school as they highlighted their right to home educate their children yesterday. Read it here.

CUMBRIAN mother describes government proposals to tighten up home schooling regulations as “sickening.” Check it out here.


And many more here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The news for today

SOUTH Devon's 'home educators' will be joining more than 30 other picnic protests across the country as they blow bubbles and talk to anyone who wants to know more about home education. There are around 100 families in the Teignmouth, Totnes and Torbay areas who educate their youngsters outside the mainstream schooling system.

Read it here.

London: Parents today attacked government plans to impose new controls on home schooling. Families were handing out leaflets and taking part in street theatre to "spread the message" about learning outside the education system. The event coincides with International Freedom in Education Day, which promotes learning at home.

Protest organiser Elizabeth Lil, who teaches her children Beth, nine, and Edward, five, at home, said: "They want to legislate because they think they're going to get rid of a problem. They'll spend a lot of time and money looking at families that don't have problems. Far more children are failed by the state system than home schooling."

Read it here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Home ed protests and growing numbers

As protesters gather in London today to campaign against tighter restrictions on home schooling, our writer, educated in a council house with her seven siblings, gives a learned riposte to those who doubt its benefits.

Read it here.

Homeschooling numbers growing in Gaston: Will, Ian and Neal Kirkpatrick get up each morning and get ready for school. Instead of hopping on a school bus bound for public school, they head to the dining room table for their home school lessons.

Read it here.

Catholic Homeschool: Given the increasing popularity of homeschooling among faithful Catholics, it is vital that those who practice it -- or are thinking about trying it for their children -- have a fully Catholic understanding of the family and the nature and meaning of education.

Read more here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Home Ed - what's on the news

After finishing his three-year course, he set up his own business at the age of 22 – at the same time establishing Shed 2 Studios with a group of fellow graduates. His achievement is all the more remarkable for the fact that Mr Radford has dyslexia and from the age of 13 was taught at home.

Read it here.

A protest against proposed changes to home schooling across Britain will take at Stratford Park, Stroud on Wednesday, September 16.

Read more here.

With the high street full of Back to School advertising, home educating families in Norfolk are joining together for “Not Back to School” picnics in Norwich and King's Lynn.

Read it here.

West End: Parents who have chosen to take their children out of mainstream education are set to hold a “not back to school picnic” in Paddington Street Gardens. They are using International Freedom in Education Day to celebrate publicly the many, diverse ways we choose to educate our children.

More here.

Protest at inspections for children taught at home

Thousands of parents are prepared to go to court over plans to limit home schooling.

Read it here.

Home education news in India

Jaipur: John Holt is the strongest advocate of unschooling or homeschooling. The term homeschooling is used to describe all those arrangements and methods of education that are not pursued for institutionalized learning. In other words children receive education in a family environment based on their interests and parents take an active part in facilitating activities and experiences conducive to learning.

Read it here.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

BNP Opposes Interference in Home Ed Rights

The British National Party has come out firmly against Government proposals to interfere in the rights of parents who home educate their children.

Read more here.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

For the unschooled, everywhere is a classroom

Unschooling allows children to follow their passions and learn at their own pace.

A byproduct of home-schooling, unschooling incorporates every facet of life into the education process, allowing children to follow their passions and learn at their own pace, year-round. And it assumes an outing at the park can be just as valuable a teaching resource as Hooked on Phonics.

"Interest in unschooling has skyrocketed," said Pat Farenga, president of Holt Associates, a organization that carries on John Holt's work.

Read more here.

It's not back to school for all

Across the country picnics are being organised for families to meet with old friends and make new ones, dispelling the myth that home educated children do not get a chance to socialise.

Read it here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Home education news

What happens when your child doesn't get into the secondary school of your choice? Sarah Freeman reports on a group of Bradford parents who decided to start their own.

Read it here.

Want to help a student with a school phobia? Suggest home education. "Clearly, the assumption that school-phobia can only be treated in school is fallacious; primary socialisation and learning are the domain of the family, and it is primarily there that children learn the necessary skills to thrive in adult life."

Read it here.

Out of the classroom and into the living room

Read it here (pg 12-13)

Katharine Jackson decided it would be best for Michael Jackson’s children to continue their home education and stay out of the public eye.

From here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Olena Pchilka & Home Education

Olena Pchilka is the pen name of Olha Petrivna Dragomanova-Kosach, a noted Ukrainian author and the mother of Lesia Ukrainka.

This noticeable figure in the history of Ukrainian culture, a poet and prose writer, a researcher and a translator versed in Ukrainian folklore and ethnography, received her basic education from her father.

Pchilka learned from her parents’ experience and paid utmost attention to the upbringing of her children. The Kosach family was dissatisfied with the existing system of education, primarily its bias toward Russification, so they educated their children themselves.

Olha Kosach/Pchilka assumed full responsibility for her children’s elementary education and demonstrated a singular pedagogical talent, … responsibility, and competence. Lesia Ukrainka thus received an encyclopedic education, as did her brothers and sisters, without ever attending school.

In her Autobiography Pchilka wrote: “It seemed to me at the time that school would immediately ruin all my effort aimed at teaching my children using the Ukrainian language. That would be a road leading nowhere; later I saw that children properly raised and taught to speak Ukrainian could not be spoiled by this school.”

Taken from here.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

"Not back to School Picnic" in Bath

The Bath Home Education group are having a "Not back to School Picnic" in Alice Park (near Larkhall along the London Road) this Sunday 13th September from 12-2pm to raise awareness of home education in this country.

If you are thinking of this for your own children or would just like to know more about it or the kind of parents who chose to home educate please come along and have a chat and some food. (Bring your own picnic). We look forward to seeing you there.

Erykah Badu homeschooled her son

Erykah Badu, the 38-year-old singer says she felt compelled to homeschool son Seven Sirius, 11 ½, through kindergarten and first-grade.

“I wanted to give [him] special attention academically, to give him an advantage,” she said.

The results? Seven “learned how to solve problems in a nontraditional way” which has served him well now that he is enrolled in a traditional school.

Source: here.

John Taylor Gatto: Divide and Conquer

Watch the video here (4 hours).

Horrible Histories, Horrible Schools

Terry Deary, the creator of the Horrible Histories, shares his feelings towards the school system:

“I detest schools with a passion. Schools are an utter waste of young life. Learning things that will never be any use to you. The only reason they are there is to keep kids off the street. They were a Victorian invention. The Industrial Revolution took kids from their families and made the parents work in factories long hours. Then they said, ‘we can’t have these little kids working here.’ So what do we do? Lock them all up in the same room all day and we’ll call it school. I spent hours learning trigonometry, physics, none of which prepared me for life. Relationships, talking to people, managing money, planning your career, how to help someone who has cut their leg open. I have had to learn these things by default.

“There won’t be any schools in 25 years. There will be mentoring. Older people passing their skills on to younger people. Teachers know nothing about life and the real needs of pupils.”

Not Back to School picnic in Swindon

Home Educating families in Swindon are holding a 'Not Back to School' bubble blowing picnic. This is a national event and across the country picnics are being organised for families to meet with old friends and make new ones, dispelling the myth that home educated children do not get a chance to socialise and that home-educated children are not 'hidden'. It will send a message to the government to object about suggested restrictions on home education. This will also be a chance for families new to home education to find out about the many activities that run in the county and about home-education in general.

Hundreds of children in the county are educated 'otherwise than at school' be it in a structured school at home setting, or a more 'free-range' autonomous approach.

The gatherings also are hoping to show that Home Educating families are part of the wider community, we would welcome anybody wishing to find out more about Home Education to come along and join in the fun.

The picnic will take place on 15th September
Queens Park 11.00 - 3pm.
All welcome.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Home education on the news

"What is it like going back to school if you don´t actually go to school? Our reporter meets 2 families who homeschool..."

Listen here (fast forward to 2h52mns - last 5 mns of the programme)

Home learning picnic in Evesham

"A NOT Back to School Picnic for home learners and their families is taking place in Crown Meadow, Evesham, next Wednesday, September 16 from 11am."

Read it here.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Home Education Blog Carnival – call for submissions!

Debs will be hosting this to celebrate International Freedom in Education Day, on 15th September.

Join in or check it out here.

Home education survey

Not Hidden, But Home Educated
As we all know, one of the many misconceptions about home educated children is that they are stuck indoors, come rain or shine, without any contact with the real world (like school children are). The purpose of this survey is to expose that myth by collecting as many real examples as possible of the type and frequency of community/social contact that our children actually have.
Interested? You can do it here.

I've never been to school

Flora has never been to school. But last week she opened her first ever exam results - and is now the proud possessor of several grades in GCSE maths and English.

Read it here.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Homeschooling: Natural learning key to success

"(...) home education is natural learning. It allows people to work from strengths, free of unnecessary blocks to learning. With a wholesome, supportive atmosphere, the students can explore subjects with open minds, free of worry that short-circuits the brain's natural learning process."

Read it here.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Unschooling: Should children be allowed to learn at their own pace?

Best of both worlds

"The relationship between state schools and the home education community can be tense, but a collaborative venture providing a bridge between the two systems is helping to overcome mutual suspicion."


Friday, September 04, 2009

I learn at home

"Press Packer Samuel has been taught at home since he was seven. Find out what he thinks about being home schooled..." here

Parents' home school fears

"Thousands of Leicestershire children start back at school today – but for others it is just another day at home. Scores of youngsters will not need to worry about making new friends in the playground, fitting into a new uniform or getting used to a new teacher because they are educated by their parents."

Read it here.

Increase in home education places

"The number of children in Gloucestershire who are registered as home educated has risen this year by more than 50%."

Read it here.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

From home schooling to 'unschooling'

A byproduct of home schooling, unschooling incorporates every facet of a child's life into the education process, allowing a child to follow his passions and learn at his own pace, year-round.

Read it here.

Stroud protest over home education

"Bubble-blowing families will have a serious message for the Government when they picnic in the park to object about suggested restrictions on home education."

Read it here.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

House of Commons home-ed info provided to MPs

Document (relating to England only) provided to Members of Parliament outlining the current position on home education, and providing background on the proposals for change - here.

Michael Leunig on home education

Michael Leunig talks about the advantages of home schooling his two children (first 3 mns of the video).

Not Back To School Picnic

It's not too late to organize a Not Back To School Picnic in your local area - or to find one to attend.

This event takes place on and around Wednesday 16th September and we already have 15 picnics confirmed to celebrate Home Education - what we do and how and why we do it.

Our intention is for this to be a very positive event to raise awareness of home education and to show that we're proud and happy to be home educators out and about in our community - not the 'hidden' families that the Badman review would like to depict.

If you are interested please come and join the group here.