The freedom of home education: a flexible approach to learning.

The freedom of home education: a flexible approach to learning.

Sasha Jackson
Authored by Sasha Jackson
Posted: Saturday, November 4, 2023 - 15:55

In today's ever-changing educational landscape, home education has become a practical choice for parents looking for a flexible and personalised approach to their children's learning journey. As they explore home ed, families discover the joys of bespoke education and self-directed learning. The shift away from the traditional school environment has liberated families from the daily grind of the school run, relentless testing, and all school’s associated pressures. The impact of our education system on the mental health and well-being of young people is a real cause for worry. This article shows the findings of a study on this concern: The Impact of School.

One common worry among home-educating parents is the perception that their children should be engaged in academic activities for six hours a day, emulating the traditional school model. However, home ed's beauty lies in removing distractions and unnecessary extras (like assemblies and getting changed for P.E.) With a child as the sole focus, it can take just a few hours to cover a day's work at school. This is even less for younger children at the primary level. This excellent article shows how much time is spent 'learning' in a typical school day: Time is Precious.

A person’s accomplishments are not measured by their hours studying but by their individual achievements. As WB Yeats said, "Education is the lighting of a fire, not the filling of a pail." In home ed, the pace of learning can be tailored to each child's needs. Children thrive and grow when they can learn in a way that suits them best, hopefully acquiring a lifelong love for learning. Parents can adapt their schedules to accommodate family commitments, extracurricular activities, hobbies, and unconventional study times. Home educators are discovering that with dedication and adaptability, they can provide their children with a customised and enriching education that goes way beyond traditional boundaries.


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