Would You Consider Home-Education?

Would You Consider Home-Education?

Have you ever contemplated home-educating your child? Or, indeed, are you already choosing to do so?

I was fascinated to read a Guardian piece about the fact that home-educating seems to be on the rise.

The paper reports:

"Nobody knows exactly how many children are being educated at home because many parents are under no obligation to tell the authorities. But freedom of information responses provided to Education Guardian indicate numbers are rising. Responses from 134 of England's 153 local education authorities list 30,298 children as receiving home education in 2014-15. Of these, 13,007 are of primary age, and 17,291 of them are between 11 and 16."

It's a topic that's not without controversy but I'm going to throw my hands up and admit that if I had my time over as a mum, I think I'd have a shot at home-schooling.

Why? Because I love the idea of ditching long-division in favour of geography when the sun is shining and you live in an area of outstanding natural beauty with some of the world's most beautiful beaches on your doorstep. I can't understand how school has become what it is, and while my kids aren't exactly complaining about going, some days I send them to school with a heavy heart, wondering if mainstream education is really the best we can do for them.

I glance over their homework and feel sorry that we're asking kids to regurgitate the dictionary instead of finding more inventive ways to foster a love of language and learning.

And yes, I get that school includes an element of crowd control and thus it's unrealistic to expect my kids to have an education that's tailor-made to their individual interests and whatever the weather is doing on any given day.

But what I'm trying to say is simply that I'm not a bit surprised to read that home-education appears to be on the rise. Plenty of the parents I know feel increasingly disenfranchised with society, so sacking off school in favour of a different way of learning makes some sense to me.

It's just that I lack the nerve, creativity and - crucially - the patience to actually do anything about it. So off they trot to school as the years tick by and I wonder if I've done them a disservice by lacking the courage of my convictions.

But what's your view? Would you ever contemplate home-educating your kids and - whatever your answer - why? Come and tell us on our Facebook page or leave a comment below.


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  • daisy

    Yes, absolutely I would consider it. I think the more that do it the more it quashes the 'socialisation' myth - which I believe is a myth as the home schooled kids I've met have been far more sociable and chatty to me than kids who went to the local high school. They actually knew how to talk to adults! Considering it for our son next year as he really doesn't enjoy the school system, he is bright but it's deadening his enthusiasm and interest :-( that's hard as a parent, I think we could do better by him.

    • Shishu26

      I want to. My daughter is 3 she will start nursery in septimber. I need more information on how to go about doing this. 

      • Michala

        Home Education is to us a world where  teaching is 1:1,  children's natural ability to discover and learn are promoted, learning of things that are not relative in life is replaced mostly by the learning of things that will be required in the future and finally a place where social relationships are natural, across generations and aligned with the way it is for most of our lives.  Whereas school is to us an artificial, environment, with constructed learning that has little relation to life and is spoon fed to the pupils who are continually being prepared for exams that measure not intellect but memory skills. Social interactions are forced, child led and tend to be mob ruled with emphasis on clones and bullying of anyone who is differentiated in any minor way. Socialisation is limited to immediate peer groups and the cross over of age groups and generations which allows development and empathy is limited. I have two children in school and one Home Educated child.

        • emma76

          My daughter is 2 and goes to nursery part-time which she loves however she will not be going to school. My husband and I have decided we will home educate her as we do not agree with the focus on testing in the current school system and the lack of play based learning and we believe that age 4 is too early to go to school. We have started making links with our local home educating community so that she can make friends with other HE children. I have no doubt it will be a challenge but it feels like the right choice to us.

          • guest3

            I would like to make a comment I am seriously considering HE my three boys...... I have started as a learning support assistant at their school and I am shocked at how little they do in a day, how some of the children behaved in class.... and how some children are totally ignored. After my very first day I came home and told my husband that they could not continue to be there. So much of the teacher's time was speaking or wait on those disturbing the class to stop talking over the teacher and listen. Those willing to learn were having to wait and before they knew it class was over. I have another 4 weeks in the school if I don't see any major improvements they will not return after the summer holiday's. End off. I have great memories of school but what I saw was not a learning environment, it was not at times a safe environment or a pleasant environment and I personally feel there is no way my child could reach their full potential in that setting.

            • safesound

              I'd love to HE and have no doubt I could (until primary school at least) but my 4 yo has Sen and part of that is not socialising well so I'd be concerned I couldn't supply the range of socialization he needs. Plus I'm a bit of an introvert so I'm concerned I'd end up isolating him.