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Skutter Dan
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A tired tech loving gadget lusting home educating father of two...did i say tired?
A tired tech loving gadget lusting home educating father of two...did i say tired?

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The kids have once again forced me to record another video with them....

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Been working on something. 

Having read a post on Facebook by a friend of my wife, regarding home education on my timeline, someone I know really needs to remember that he is a parent and therefore a teacher. He helped teach his children to speak, to understand the English language. He taught them to walk, to run, to ride a bike. He helped teach them to read. How to cross the road safely and a million other things you discount with a wave of your hand and in the other dismiss home education as a bunch of wackos who should be monitored.

Home educators are not required to follow the national curriculum. Neither are we required to submit to monitoring. As for testing, what the hell are you going to test against? My daughter may still struggle to read, but she has a very intense imagination, loves making stories, recording them and has learnt to edit video. She is fascinated by history, knows all about the dinosaurs, how humans evolved etc...

She is reasonably good at maths, when she's in the mood, but having her own cash card means she has to remember how to subtract in her head when she's out shopping with me.

She doesn't know anything about all the kings and queens, but then again neither do I beyond the basics. Quite frankly in 40 years I've never needed that information. Come to think of it the majority of stuff I had to learn in school and university...most of it I've never had cause to use. Yet I gained high grades in the stuff.

People should understand that everyone is different. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. What one year 3 student may excel in, another may not. This does not mean that that student is failing or stupid or lazy.

Take my daughter, she struggles to read but she understands far more than you know. She loves talking about a variety of subjects on things she overhears at home, out and about, on YouTube etc.... This morning she was telling me all about addictions. It was a nice little conversation where she put her brother's love of Plants Vs Zombies as an example.

How do you monitor and test against that?

The world is full enough of sheep. Blindly following one another through life. Moulded in school to be what offices and factories (what's left of our manufacturing industry anyway) want.

My children are happy. They are becoming thoughtful, independent members of society. To be able to ask questions of things they see, to ask why does this happen. What happens if I do that?
My children are free to follow what interests them, whatever time of day or night. Even if that means watching a YouTube video on chemical reactions at night in bed and wanting to repeat that experiment in the morning in the kitchen.

Are your children free or nothing more than glorified slaves to society?
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