Having worked in education most of my working life, knowing what I know now I would definitely educate at home and am trying to persuade my son to educate my grandchild at home. The standard of care and teaching in some schools is very poor (note 'some' not all).
The only proviso I would make is that the child/children have a varied social life as all my three are still in contact with friends they made at school, but apart from that I think it is a very good idea.
As for hiding abuse, while in a school I reported two cases of abuse on infant age children to the authorities and each time the mighty social services said they knew about it and it was under control!!!!!:Angry::Angry:
Dont start me on them:Angry::Angry:
Speaking from personal experience, I have to say it doesn't work for everyone.
I think that parents wishing to educate children at home should have to pass some kind of test themselves to ensure they have the time and the capability to teach their kids to a reasonable standard.
In my daughters case of trying to teach her child at home she failed abismally as she did not have the time due to working or the dedication to ensure her child was studying , her child is now back in the education system again having lost precious time.
I was assuming that the commitment and time side of things were worked out.
I can only say that I have worked with some very poor teachers along with some very good ones and some children do need one to one attention to show their full potential.
Sorry it didnt work out for your family but I am sure your grandchild will do well in life.
Back in 1981 we started a 6 month trip around Europe before going to live in America. To
cut a long story short, we didn't go to the States and the trip ended up being 6 years. Our children were 4 and 5 when we left, they had both been in school and our son could read perfectly at that age, which was probably due to the time we spent teaching him prior to going to school.
We joined an organisation called 'Education Otherwise' which I believe are still in existence today. We were not given any guidance on what to teach them. We just bought work books for them to use, mainly maths and english subjects.
We spent from 9-12 p.m. with them 5 days a week where possible teaching them. Sometimes it was difficult for them as other familes were travelling and their children were out playing whilst ours were studying. But we were firm.
At ages 10 & 11 we decided to come back to the UK to let them finish their education as they started asking questions that we were not experienced enough to answer. To be honest it was scary, as we did not know if they were progressing as well as they should have as we did not have any comparisons. When registering the children in their respective schools we were asked for their books. We were extremely happy when we were told that 'if that is home teaching they were all for it'.
Our children both finished their education in main stream schools and coped very well. They have grown into well balanced adults and we believe that the life we led was an education in itself and can see that it certainly has benefited our two.
Please do not think that home educating is easy, it's not, you have to have the patience of a saint and be strick.