Home Schooling

Why would the likes of you want to learn calculus anyway?

It’s not nice, the discourse between homeschooling advocates and those who oppose it. And the not-niceness goes both ways. I’ve just read this A response to the completely asinine “7 reasons I’d never homeschool my teen” by Rebecca English, which sent me to an article that I’d probably never come across otherwise. “7 Reasons I’d [...]

Maths and Homeschooling

There is an article on a site that promotes homeschooling that pretty much summarises the reasons why I think home-schooling is not such a good idea. It was always the homeschoolers that convinced me, not its detractors. With a title “5 reasons why you don’t need to teach math” http://education.penelopetrunk.com/2012/08/16/5-reasons-why-you-dont-need-to-teach-math/ we don’t get off to [...]

Home Schooling – Reasons Not to Do It

There’s an article ‘Unschooling’ – education fad or real alternative? https://theconversation.com/unschooling-education-fad-or-real-alternative-12548 on theconversation website. I always find it ironic that although I see merit in many of the “unschooling” theories, and am highly critical of many school practices, I end up defending the role schools play in education. Over the decades I’ve spent a lot [...]

Alternatives to School

A teacher once told me that you had to make it clear to children that there is no alternative to going to school because that’s just the way life is – after all, she had no alternative, she had to go to school everyday as her job to earn money to pay the bills. If [...]