A funny way to find out about home education

It’s hard to describe what it means to me when people let me know how inspired they’ve been by my book ‘A Funny Kind of Education‘ (see the My Books page) And how it gave them the courage to abandon schooling and change how their child learns.

I feel both humbled with gratitude for the kind words and the fact that folks take the trouble to let me know (if you enjoy a book – how often do the authors get to know that?) And am elated and delighted that the book has succeeded in its aims to help families find the courage to make changes to something that wasn’t working for them.

I remember when we were in that situation. When our dull-faced children (who weren’t like that pre-school), became switched off, unmotivated and uninspired by the world around them as time in school went on. And how they developed an ingrained sadness – often illness – that also switched off their smiles as well as their desire to learn.

Thank goodness home education switched it all back on again.

When I began to meet other home educating families I heard similar stories about their child’s altered behaviour more dramatic than ours; stories of tantrums, aggression, frustration and anger leading to shouting and violent moods. All changed once removed from school.

For the short time our two remained in school I deliberated with the decision, weighed the pros and cons, looked at what little info was available at that time (hardly any), until the climax described in the book pushed my decision to go for it. We felt nothing but jubilation as a consequence. I wished I’d done it sooner.

For most people I know that home schooling appears to be an unimaginable step, so unimaginative are we at seeing other approaches to learning having any kind of success.

Such have we been conditioned!

So I wanted to tell our story of educating in a lively, enjoyable way in the hope that not only could parents begin to imagine how it actually does work, but also introduce different ideas about alternative learning approaches which can be just as successful, but which parents rarely come across. Who’d ever read a book on education, after all? I knew I needed to make this book on education – for that is what it is – more readable.

So when I read how the book has achieved those aims I set for it I am immensely moved.

I hope it continues to do so. And I hope I continue to hear about it!

And to all those who’ve already let me know; a Great Big THANK YOU!

7 thoughts on “A funny way to find out about home education

  1. Hi Ross, sorry please can you recommend a book for removing a teenager from school to homeschool? My daughter is a young 13 and has struggled at school for years on the SENs spectrum. I’m alread starting to feel that I’m a hindrance slipping into teacher mode when she clearly needs something very different!
    Many thanks

    • Hi Julie, I’m afraid I don’t know any home ed book which deals specifically with the teen years. But there are people successfully HEing teens and you might be able to link up with them via some of the HE Facebook groups and find support. Also for special educational needs. But I know from our own experience that the HE philosophies and approaches stay the same for the teens as they do with younger children – that we approach them with respect, that we involve them increasingly in chat about it and what they’d like to do, how they might do it and what their long term goals may be. Educating out of school gives the youngsters far more time and freedom and it’s good to encourage them to involve themselves in a variety of activities which adds to their personal development and skills all the time. Educating isn’t just about the academic! I too spotted myself slipping into teacher mode and stopped it – important. You’re more of a facilitator than a teacher; facilitating independence in their appraoch to learning, which is surely what education is ultimately for! I know a lot of parents wobbled over the teen prospect. I found teens fascinating, but it’s important to remember that they are going through many brain changes whih explains their weird behaviour and for much of the time we must go-with-the-flow and trust it will come out okay in the end. I wrote this post a while back which might help; https://rossmountney.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/dealing-with-wobbles-over-home-educating-teens/ All the best!

  2. Sounds as though the book’s been a huge success and has changed lives. Clearly it’s changed yours for the better which is so great.

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