It always seemed to be the perfect blue-sky-over-harvest days when we had to ‘Go Back’. The ‘Going Back’ feeling settled over us all like Sunday nights.
When I was a child it wasn’t only going back to school, it was also going back to the city where we felt equally imprisoned after our summer in the country.
But going back to school had as much as a sense of imprisonment of minds as physical confinement. And although progress has inevitably been made since I went to school, I sense the imprisoned minds of today’s children even worse than back then. Everything about learning has been so compartmentalised, measured, trussed up and forced into an ever tighter climate that the kids can be inhibited from learning at all. Certainly learning things that are useful to them for life outside of school!
I felt that sense of doom as strongly as a teacher as I did as a child. And not just for myself, but for all the children who had to be shut back in class when outdoors September would bloom like another summer. Have you noticed when the kids go back it’s always glorious weather?
Then, when our children did their short spell in school, I experienced it again. And wondered; do kids – physically, mentally and emotionally – really have to be so imprisoned for an education?
Home educating taught us that it didn’t.
And it taught our young people that, although there will be times that learning may be boring and needed sticking at to achieve certain goals, the bulk of it is inspirational, it is not imprisoning but liberating and exciting, and has a purpose and a practice that they can take on themselves, for themselves, simply because learning is a way to enhance a life. And no one has to suffer to do it.
Throughout our home educating days I felt blessed that their happy learning lives could continue on through September – and all year round really.
I do acknowledge that many children have happy learning lives in school which is brilliant. But I also know that many don’t; the nature of school does not suit them and they do not thrive and achieve well there. Some don’t even keep well.
Home educating offers a workable, successful and in many cases liberating alternative for those children and an opportunity to learn without school – there are many home educated adults out there now proving that it works.
For education should be liberating, certainly uplifting and inspiring, broadening lives and minds and enhancing them, not imprisoning them.
We found home educating the most liberating learning experience of all.
If you haven’t already; you should seriously consider it. (Browse round this site for stories and tips to help). And eradicate that Going Back feeling for good.
And if you’re already doing so, may you continue to enjoy the experience as much as we did.