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A last minute decision?

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?

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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…13569044_1682682451995276_1509042221170729981_o

 

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.

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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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8 thoughts on “A last minute decision?

  1. Home education is something I thought about too. For the exact same reasons you wrote about, I felt that home educating would be better for me little one. When it came down to actually doing it though, I have to admit, I was too chicken. Thankfully, the school my daughter is in is a fantastic school. I have no doubt in my mind that they also make a fuss over SATs and mess about with the curriculum just to pass. I’m hopeful that it won’t affect my daughter to negatively, but it possibly will. If that happens, that’s when I will reevaluate the situation and consider home schooling more seriously. For now, we’re both benefitting from the time she’s in school. It’s given me a chance to go back to college and get myself a career while she comes out of school with a smile and stories every day. I really take my hat off to you for having the balls to do it though, that’s pretty awesome!

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting 😀 Yes ultimately if your kid is happy then that’s what matters more than anything. Using the time you have now effectively to better yourself is admirable, well played for that! Home Educating isn’t for everyone but it’s certainly the way for our family. Since writing this our 11 year old daughter has left school too and she couldn’t be happier! 😀

      1. Awh that’s awesome! I’m glad it’s working out for you! My little one is only in reception and I have to say there’s no pressure there at all, so I am happy with my decision. I think the difficult thing will be if she does start feeling pressured. Until then though, I would say i made the right choice.
        I’m curious, do you have a post or have one planned about how home educating works with regards to qualifications, like GCSE and A Levels? I’d love to know how it works with that. I’m 27 and had to use my GCSE results from 2006 to help me get into college lol, how does it work for children who’re home educated? Send me a link if you do or when you do write something about that, I’d really like to read it!

        1. Yes, hopefully schools are starting to change and realise the ridiculous amounts of pressure they’re putting on young people at certain ages. Home Ed kids can take GCSEs whenever they want. When it comes to that time of year you find a school or centre that accepts people to sit their exams. We have to pay per test but it isn’t much. We can also choose exactly which to do also. Many children that are home educated go straight into college and uni with no problems at all 😀 Maybe I should write about it 😀

          1. its worth considering because it is really interesting. i didnt know that. I think its great that it’s available.
            Thanks for answering, it’s so interesting.

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