Christmas packed away it’s back to school for many this week. For thousands though it isn’t, as they continue with their home education, continue with their life education, which is after all what education is for.
And it is for reasons like this article displays that they do it; because of incompetent decisions to improve educational standards that do not work. All that improves is educational stress and there’s plenty of that already!
Education is for life, not just for schools, isn’t it?
It’s easy to forget what education is for, especially when you’re immersed in the system where the inherent purpose is grade getting – by any means. Although grades may be valuable in expanding choices and chances, they are not the only purpose of it.
The purpose of education is personal development. And to equip people to lead productive and fulfilling lives that encourage independence, responsibility and a contribution to society as an active member. I wonder how many school children know that’s what education is for?
When you’re home educating, it’s good to keep reminding yourself of that overall purpose. Keep it as a priority. Remembering that personal growth is developed through personal experiences, personal connections and practical activities as many physical as academic. And exposure to everyday lives, observation of how people live and pay for their everyday lives and building the skills needed to do it for yourself one day, finding out what you’re good at on the way.
Times tables are only one very small part of that – possibly!
It’s hard to get that kind of everyday exposure in the system, driven as it is by politics more than personal.
If you’re one of the many parents becoming disillusioned with what your child’s going to confront when they go back to school you might like to reconsider home education. there’s plenty on this site to start you off among my blogs and books.
And if you’re one of those inspirational parents who’ve now decided to give the system the push may this be a little reminder to stay with your priorities and educate for the personal good of your child rather than the political.
Nicky Morgan’s focus suddenly on times tables is just about the political more than the personal. It has nothing to do with what will educational benefit a child. It’s about popularity and winning votes.
Home educators can educate for the good of a child’s life, rather than for politics, which is sadly the fate of many in schools!