There are many varied reasons why parents chose to educate their child or children at home. Some are very personal, others result in a reaction to the school system, but the interesting fact is that parents are not alone in this endeavor. The trend is growing. According to the Huffington Post "A BBC report published in December 2015 showed that there had been a 65% increase in homeschooled children since 2009." according to the OnLine College websiteThe article is available here...
Reaction to the System:
What are the laws around home schooling?
In many countries, and the UK included, you do not need a 'difficult-to-achieve' permission to remove your child from the school system. Nor do you need to assure any authorities that you are following a particular curriculum or have any specific skills in education. Home educated children do not need to take any exams. There may be an agency that could check up on what is happening but the focus of the check is to determine that the children are well taken care of, not necessarily what they are learning.
How Do Parents Manage Home Education?
Some parents set certain hours a day and work with their children on many exercises that mirror what is happening in schools. There are many websites to guide parents, including official educational sites. Some hire tutors to provide lessons and follow up with assigned homework. Other parents take a more relaxed approach and follow the interests of the child. So if animals are a keen interest, the family may visit the zoo, explore information of the internet about a certain animal or adopt a pet to live through all of the responsibilities of caring for another living thing. Some parents may even immerse their children in the family venture, letting the rigors of business teach them the skills they need to allow them to make a future for themselves.
What are the higher education options for the home-educated child?
At any time, a child is accepted back into the system, if they chose to do so. For schooling beyond the early years, they may have to take an exam to prove that they have the necessary background for some courses. And in many cases, there is assistance available in a variety of ways to prepare students for this experience.
For university entrance, students can take the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) exams to qualify for many courses. Since the facts have shown that many homeschooled individuals do well at facilities of higher education, many universities are now setting their sites on granting them admission. "Top schools including Harvard, MIT, Duke, Yale, and Stanford are all actively recruiting homeschoolers." according to the OnLine College website. Some universities accept a portfolio of work instead of traditional qualifications.
Our thoughts on home education
We are not particularly keen on home education neither are we against it in any way. As noted above and also on Guardian website here, there are good reasons for it. However, there are also several arguments against it and mentioned of the diffulties and challenges of schooling children at home. For example, some parents share their not-so-positive experiences here on daily mail.
We think this topic is one of the cases where one size certainly does not fit all - all the best.