I always get a bit stumped when I have to say stuff on live radio.
The daft thing is normally, when someone opens up a conversation about home education, you can’t shut me up. But when it is really important to say the right thing in a short space of time I become as coherent as a kid with a gobstopper!
Currently the press are only interested in Home schooling because of the new bill going through parliament trying to get parents to register as home educators and the consequential monitoring. This is the result of total ignorance and misinformation so from that point of view alone I’m dead against it. However, I’m out of date with the politics now so had a quick binge research (Thanks so much to all those home educators on Facebook who so generously helped with pointers – much appreciated).
Having been caught out before by journalists looking for a quick comment and little else I now have a few generic Home Ed ideas already prepped for such occasions. I call it my Radio Ga Ga list, (thanks Queen for such an appropriate title).
I managed to use some of those existing thoughts (you can listen to the bit here – at 2.10)
But there’s always something that catches me out. This time the question that stumped me was ‘How do you think home schooling has benefitted your children?’ It’s not that I couldn’t gab on for hours on that, but you don’t have hours you have a few seconds in which to give that succinct one-liner that stuns everyone with its wisdom!
I didn’t manage it!
And I’ve been thinking since if there is a one sentence answer that really sums it up, for there are so many things to say and so many inspirational facets to an out-of-school learning life, it’s almost impossible to condense it.
I think this is what I’ll add to my Radio Gaga list for next time I get asked that question: ‘It helped them be a person rather than a statistic!’ And let them think on that!
If they gave me more time I’d add my concern over the statistics relating to mental health issues, to test ‘failures’, to bullying issues, to special educational needs and to the number of children coming out of school without basic skills or employable skills, having had their desire to learn, which was so prevalent at birth, completely eradicated! But that would be gabbing on again. And it would also be negative. A better one, from a positive perspective would be ‘It freed them up to learn unlimited and see education as the personal journey it is’. But they probably wouldn’t get that either.
So what would your one-liner be? If you can think of one I’d love for you to add it here in the comments. And with your permission I’ll plagiarise it for my Ga-Ga list!