The Schools Bill is now working its way through the House of Lords and then it will go to the House of Commons. Whilst the majority of this commentary will be concerning the home education impacts, there is also cause for real concern for all parents, whether their children are home educated or in school. The essence of the bill is more centralised control over our children and shifts us towards government as corporate parent. The bill would appear to wrest power from parents
This is a generalised open letter to all home education stakeholders. It is based on a letter written and sent to my local MP. I am writing to you regarding the recently published report from the Education Committee entitled “Strengthening Home Education”. Its recommendations have sent shockwaves of distress, incredulity, and anger through the local home educating community (of which I am heavily involved) and the national community. I am writing to ask you the following: 1.
Originally published as "Response to the Second Reading of Lord Soley’s Home Education Bill in the House of Lords – November 2017" via my previous blog site called MiniMan's Home Education Adventures. As the issue of home education registration is back on the immediate radar I thought I would republish this blog I wrote several years ago on the subject of registration which is as relevant today as when I wrote it. I have to be honest, I have written, deleted, rewritten and de
With Unschooling/life learning we learn as we live our lives. We do not grind skills or knowledge now, just in case they may be helpful, useful or relevant at some point in the future. Obviously, if some knowledge or skill is not useful now but is interesting to us now, we learn it now. I was forcibly reminded of this earlier this morning in MusicMan's football session. He was mastering a football activity and increasing speed each round. We got to a point of wondering how mu
It used to take us a very long time to leave the house. With two PDA children, getting everyone onboard, meeting all needs, getting all preparations done and everyone out, without precipitating overload, was a challenging, patience requiring, and time consuming task. Those days are, largely, in our past. However, I was reminded this week of those times, and it made me revisit my strategies from that period. Let me set the scene from this week. The weather has been glorious, w
This morning my youngest was playing a video game. He had a particularly challenging task to complete and as each attempt and strategy failed, he grew increasingly frustrated, angry and negative about his performance. After a while he quit, turned away from the research he'd been doing into it, wanted to be left alone and withdrew to watching familiar videos. From the outside he looked like he was "doing nothing", was "passive" and "wasting time". The "old me" would have been
One of the many wonderful things about life learning has been to be able to step away from the notions of my children being "ahead" or "behind". It has been truly liberating and has allowed my children to thrive at the pace, and in the way, that's exactly right for them. Having some space from the school paradigm and relentless school curriculum pace has allowed me to take a fresh look at the idea of being "ahead" or "behind". It became clear to me that the concept only reall
"But if you don't have a curriculum won't children be limited to learning only what the parents know about?" Or sometimes put "how will children know what they don't know if you don't expose them by teaching it?" These are questions I have been asked on more than one occasion. If you view learning through a school lens i.e. that children can only learn something if it is formally taught, then I can totally understand why this would be a concern. Whilst I can see however that