Nothing stays the same.
You think you’re immersed in home education for life but you’re not. It’s just a passing phase!
Thus our youngest gets confirmation of her place at University after finally receiving her grades – more than enough. And so ends another chapter in our family life. It feels that this household is emptying of a Home Ed feel faster than it used to empty of biscuits when the children were at home full time.
I’m not sold on Uni. I don’t buy into the propaganda that it is the certificate to a valuable life and you’re doomed without it. As if it was the only route to success – it isn’t – Richard Branson is testimony to that. In fact I’m not sold on institutional education of any kind – you might have guessed! Institutions can interfere with education as much as they can enhance it. And schools sometimes seem like they are more for the convenience of adults rather than the development of the learners.
But that aside our youngest is lucky. Lucky, not because she’s going to Uni, but lucky because she has learnt through her home educating days what she’s passionate about doing, to know she wants to take it as far as she can, to go on learning.
More than anything else, education is for learning about yourself and what you can do. And to build understanding of what an on-going, life enhancing thing education, not just schooling, is and how it’s for the enrichment of our individual lives – personally – and for ever after.
That’s what she now knows. That’s perhaps the greatest lesson she could ever have learnt!