There was a woman interviewed on This Morning, Thursday 2nd Feb, a home educator. As a nation we still know very little about it and, as expected, her whole story has been sensationalised. The tabloid press has decided to go with the story about her children playing video games 7 hours a day, which is an extremely narrow view of what she does.
Yes, she does claim that her children spend a lot of time in front of a computer, but then, so do I! I think the whole point of home schooling has been massively missed. I know several in the blogging community that home school.
So now I'm chucking my 2 pennies in....I hate the school system.
Now, I don't dislike teachers, in fact the primary school that all 3 of my sons went to (one still going) has had some excellent teachers. My youngest is in a discreet class, that I cannot fault, within a school that has made sure he is catered for. We have a very good relationship, with excellent communication.
However, once they move on to secondary, the system fails them, badly. Every child is different, some more different than others. However, when you get to 11, apparently you are all supposed to fit into one box?!
My eldest son was absolutely ruined by his local Comprehensive, in my opinion. It's where his anxiety and depression sprouted from, and it's never left. He wasn't physically bullied, but put down and vilified on a daily basis. No matter how much you talk to the school, who have a 'strict no bullying policy' (bullshit), they won't do what is required. I know that this is mostly down to red tape and bureaucracy, but as a parent that is not good enough!
My middle child is now going through the same school and is having similar problems, that have, previously, turned violent. The answer (bare in mind my child has high functioning ASD) is that he has to tell the deputy head EVERY TIME there is an incident. Shouldn't the teachers and other staff see it happening?!
Again it's down to bureaucracy. The funding isn't there for supervision. I am sending my child to you, to be educated, not bullied. If he came to school with bruises, it wouldn't matter how poor I was, it would be reported and he would be removed from care!
Then there is the actual education side, also a big fat failure, in my humble opinion. A class of 30 children are all taught at the same speed, in the same way. How can that possibly work? My son processes things in a different way, but has always been highly intelligent. Since starting the Comp, I've seen his grades slip. Who's fault is that? The teachers, or the system?
Personally I think it's the system, once you leave primary, you lose the teaching assistants. They are a fabulous resource at primary age, they take the strain with the teacher and help breed individuality. Once you are at the next stage, the aim seems to be to stamp individuality out.
What is the answer? I honestly wish I knew!
To me, the only possible step is home schooling.
The system is broken, and everyone wants to pass the buck.
What do you think?
Maybe more of us should home educate, breed more individuality.