Contrary to popular belief, home schooling is a legal way of educating your child, and appears to be an ever growing alternative to regular
"either by regular attendance at school or otherwise. " - British Education Act (1944, updated 1996).
Parents wish to take back direct responsibility for their childs education, teaching at home is no longer first thought of as for a dilenquent youth,
it is now seen in a new and acceptable light - children are opting out of the school system to learn
Every child is different, and their needs must be catered for individually, who better to do this than their own guardians? They can focus on key
subjects and pick others that interest them, they gain freedom and have a sense of responsibility, why conform with the ways of 20 or so children of
varied ability each and every day?
Throughout the seventies and eighties, the alternative way of education boomed in popularity, parents believed that they could do a better job,
especially with the ever growing worries of what state the public school system was in. Society began to realised that there is another way
Many people did not understand this alternative and shunned it, presuming it was just a form of truenting with the parents consent; however, the
achievements for the home-educated child began to flood through, proving that education is compulsory, school is not.
The skills needed to educate your child is over-estimated, you do not need to be a qualified teacher, nor do you need any sort of degree. The only
qualifications needed, is love, and the want for your child to succeed. Home-schooling is a family experience, usually bringing them closer together,
being able to share resources and pool initiative.
It is also a common misconception that it will be expensive, there are many resources available freely around you; your local library, the internet,
museums, art galleries etc. None of which cost a large amount of money. Remember, at school a parent would be paying for such things as uniforms,
dinners, bus fares and school trips.
In this debate, I will hope to uncover some of the mysteries of home-schooling, whilst tackling some of the misconceptions, and hopefully making
people more aware of this liberating path through childhood generally.
Education Otherwise - The E.O
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