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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