So the day before Corben was all set to start school, all the worries and negative feelings towards the education system were at their maximum.
Aside from his nut allergy which poses several problems on it’s own, there’s all the failings of the education system to worry about too! Young people suffering from stress and anxiety is increasing every year and that’s before they even have bills to pay. The curriculum is hugely narrowed down in order to focus on only the parts that get the grades which in turn makes the school look good. Children are brainwashed into conforming with all that is ‘The System’.
Over the last 12 months we’ve watched tonnes of YouTube channels, read hundreds of articles and spoken to people within the education system. Our findings we’re quite incredible. The pure amount of teachers and ex-teachers that now home educate their own children is frightening. I mean what says ‘the system is failing’ more than the people in it won’t use it! Several teachers have expressed their frustrations at having their hands tied by being told to only teach certain sections of what should be a much larger curriculum. Disenchanted with the profession they chose in which to inspire and teach young people, is a phrase I’ve heard numerous times.
Children, not even teenagers suffering from stress, anxiety and having huge amounts of pressure put on them all for what? To pass some SATs tests that in fact aren’t even for children but as a measure for schools to be judged with. Isn’t this ludicrous?
Still knowing this we made the decision that Corben be allowed to experience school and if there became a point in which it wasn’t working for him or indeed us, then we would take him out and have home educating as a back-up plan. Then it was only a sleep away before we were due to drop him off. Donetta and I looked at each other and both knew there was a discussion about to take place. It was actually a discussion where a new decision was made in the exact moment of that look, before any words came out we both knew…
David ‘Is he going to school tomorrow?’
Donetta ‘I don’t think I want him to’
And that was that!
We both immediately felt happy, satisfied and that a huge weight had been lifted from our shoulders. We knew within seconds that we had made the right decision. We spent the rest of the evening brainstorming ideas not only of how we would actually go about home educating, but how we would also create and share our experience with others. The aim being that Corben can look back at all of the blogs and vlogs one day and see why and how we made our decision and played out our plan. Other than creating memories for our whole family to look back on in the future, we hope to help, advise and educate people on home education. We’re a strong family unit and this is very much a factor in our decision. We do have two girls who are in high school but as you will know from previous posts and following our journey up until now, that was the best decision for them at their stage of education.
DADVWORLD.COM isn’t about to become Home Education Central however, this blog was created for me share and record my journey as a Dad, home educating Corben is now a path we’re excitedly skipping down 😀
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