Not Back to School

It is the start of September and the nip of Autumn is in the air. For many it is the time of new starts as they begin a new school term, possibly in a new class or even a new school. New timetables, new teachers, new uniforms. But for us it is very much business as usual.

I have to admit to the odd pang when I see photos of beautiful, beaming, shiny children in their new uniforms popping up on my Facebook newsfeed. I am not anti-school, after all I have spent more years of my life in them than out, and there are some excellent schools where children are allowed to learn and thrive despite the limits being put upon the teachers. I do however disagree with the excessive testing; the rigidity of curriculum; the pressure to conform; the over-crowded classes, and quite a few other negative aspects of the English schooling system. So why the pangs? Read more

Photo quotes

I nearly didn’t post today, it’s been a long one and I’m tired. But I’ve been playing around with photo quotes to add to my Facebook page so thought I’d just share that. I used a combination of Tadaa and Typorama, both photo editing apps on iPhone. Not everyone enjoys a quote, but I like to read them on Facebook. I think they give a little insight into people’s life philosophies, what their priorities are or how they are feeling at any given moment in time. I also just like playing around with photos! Here’s the one I have been playing with tonight:

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It doesn’t come out so crisply in the blog as the image is optimised for Facebook so I hope you can still read it. The quote sums up perfectly what I hope my girls will get out of a home education.

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges”

John Taylor Gatto

Education, but not as we know it

1440174571136Did you know that home education is actually the default choice for families in the UK? School has become so widely used that we have come to assume that it is the standard pathway through childhood. It is, in fact, a service that is available for families to opt into and access free of charge, in much the same way as pre-school or nursery provision is available to all 3 year olds and some 2 year olds. School is not compulsory, an education however is.  Read more