A successful alternative to school

Just reposting a few points about home education for those who might be considering this option.

–          Contrary to what many parents believe learning can occur in a myriad of different ways not just the way they do it in school. Through home schooling you can successfully use those alternatives.

–          Home educated children achieve good grades like other children do. They go to university, college, or into work like other children do. Their academic, social and personal skills are reputed to be in front of those of their school peers.

–          Home educated children are not isolated. Most interact with a wide range of people, in a wide range of places, doing a broad range of activities. Some have far more life experience than those children in school. Most have mature social skills.

–          Thousands of families turn to home education because schools fail to provide for their children’s needs, both academic and personal. In some cases this has been a life line for children who’ve suffered in school the kind of abuse that just would not be tolerated by adults in a workplace. Home educators are the parents who take initiative to do something about their children’s suffering rather than just ignoring it.

–          Some parents never send their child to school right from the outset. Others opt to home school because their child didn’t get a place in the school of their choice.

–          Children who have been written off by the educational system or labelled as having ‘learning difficulties’ or ‘special needs’, for example, have gone on to achieve a good academic standard through home education. Learning differences do not need to become learning difficulties.

–          Home educating families are as ordinary as any other families who have the same ordinary aspirations for their children to achieve and be happy. They come from all ranges of the social, educational, financial and cultural backgrounds that make up our society.

–          Children can learn in a multitude of different ways, not just in the prescriptive style of the educational system. Home educating gives children the opportunity to learn in the way that suits them best, increasing their chances of success. This doesn’t necessarily mean academic cramming. It means acknowledgement of the myriad of alternative approaches, experiential and practical, there are to learning, time use, activities, to opportunities, qualifications, to becoming educated.

–          Children do not need to be continually tested in order to learn.

–          Much valuable teacher time is wasted in schools with objectives and targets and tick sheets and such like admin which is of no value to the child. Children at home get one-to-one help and your time is your own to organise.

–          There is plenty of opportunity for different pursuits, interests and sports because you can achieve and learn much more quickly in a home environment. This results in well rounded children with multiple skills and interests.

–          There need by no more cost involved than with schooling. Ideas, printables, learning resources and support are readily available online.

–          Your child never, ever, needs to suffer bullying or abuse of any kind, physical, mental or emotional.

Search round this site for lots more. And if you want to read a story of how home education really works try my book ‘A Funny Kind of Education’. It’s great for a giggle too!

8 thoughts on “A successful alternative to school

  1. An encouraging post-thank you!
    Home educated children not being isolated is so true-we have a surfeit of group/ trip opportunities at present and are having to prioritise to those that we really want to attend. Having had children in school and children at home, it seems that the number of “proper” friends that they have is similar. Children is school spend longer with people their precise age but most of these are acquaintances rather than friends.

  2. Again an informative post to read. I am .. contemplating on this lately. When my son started pre-school of course I can see advantages but he also skipped a lot of days becasue he would get every virus that his classmates has. And lice. I know it sounds petty at first but when he started schooling he just got so many sick days that i feel he missed so much of his childhood. And if this is how its going to be, I dont know if he can learn all the subjects in school everytime he would get sick. Im still thinking of course as this is a great responsibility but I am again contemplating on it. #mbpw

    • Thanks Merlinda – it is a difficult decision. But actually, the decision is often the hardest part! Once you get going the rest falls into place. There is time both for childhood and illness and no worrying as to whether they’re well enough to go to school. It also happened to us that they were motivated anyway so sick or not the days just rolled along with whatever we were doing. Interestingly, the continual childhood viruses ours had mostly disappeared once away from school. I don’t think this was due to exposure to virus! I think it was due to the fact that they were so much happier their immune system was far stronger!

  3. Brilliant Post! I home-educate 2 of my 3 children & sometimes am full of doubt, but reading this post fills me with the positives of the choice that my children made! Thank you 😉

  4. Thanks for the post. One of my University students asked me about my children’s schooling. I told her I homeschooled my children from the beginning, and I homeschool them through college as well. She wondered about their ability to get jobs. My 22 year old just finished a project job as a database/document manager, and has been working since she was 16 years old. My 18 year old works as a tutor for the college and high schools.

    Yes, you read that correctly, the homeschooled child is a tutor for public schools!

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