I was wondering the other day what would be the most important things I could say about home education. It’s so difficult to identify because there are so many. But here goes:
- It confirms that it is possible to learn in a broader, less restricted, enjoyable and uplifting way than that which we’re familiar with in school, which can take account for individualities, preferences and diverse learning styles
- The different and diverse approaches that home educating families adopt can turn learning failure into learning success, thus eradicating the concept of ‘learning difficulty’ and proving that the difficulty lies with the system not with the child
- It develops a warm, communicative, articulate and a worldly useful set of social skills that are transferable to the real world and the workplace
- It means that learning, and personal development – which after all is what learning is – becomes part of family life and not segregated from it as schooling tends to be
- It liberates children’s education from being institutional and makes you realise that learning takes place any time – without time constraints, anywhere – without room/place constraints, anyhow – without method constraints, which keeps kids motivated and engaged
- It allows children to be in charge of their learning destiny and therefore makes them independent learners and independent life livers who have intiative, intelligence and purpose
- It can be a much more hands-on, practical, experiential process, not dependent on a narrow range of academic skills which not everyone has from the outset, although strong academic skills are often the outcome
- It gives more time for conversation, inquiry, personal pursuits, and activities which develop character, personality and lifeskills, often cited as lacking by employers
- It’s bloody good fun!
If you want to know how – my books will show you.
And please do add to my list…