I’ve often been accused of being contrary! Usually by people whose point of view I don’t readily accept.
You can imagine that happens regularly when talking about education. And especially with the fact that I consider home education – and education – to be the same thing. Although most people wouldn’t share that perspective!
So in order to continue my reputation I’ve come up with a contrary way of answering all these home education questions you get by people who; a) have no experience of it and don’t want to be contaminated by radical ideas, b) are blinkered by what the institution of school has taught them and don’t want to take their blinkers off and c) who don’t really want to know anyway!
Unhappily I was with one of those recently. So in order not to waste their or my time, (don’t get me wrong – I’m happy to elucidate on the subject of Home Ed for hours if the person’s genuinely interested) I’ve decided now I’m going be contrary and turn all their questions round in order to deal with it.
It goes a bit like this:
Question – but won’t the kids miss out not being in school? Answer – don’t the kids shut in school miss out on real life?
Q – how do they socialise if they’re not in school? A – How do they learn how to socialise shut away from normal society in a place where it’s considered weird to socialise with those outside your age group, copying a bunch of people with immature social skills?
Q – how will the kids learn about the real world without going to school? A – how do the kids learn about the world shut away from it in a place that’s nothing like the real world?
Q – how do kids learn without being taught? A – how did you learn to use your mobile phone without being ‘taught’?
Q – how do you teach if you’re not a teacher? A – how do teachers know how to relate to kids if they’ve had no experience with them, as parents have?
Q – how do kids make proper friends when they’re not in class? A – how do they make friends when class mates all their own age are the only people they interact with, which is hardly a true reflection of society?
Q – won’t they get bored being at home all the time? A – won’t they get bored being in school all the time?
You get the idea! I’m sure you can think of lots more ways to make it work! Do please comment below. And try it out for yourself when you next get a barrage of questions from someone you know has made up their negative mind already!