The decision to homeschool your child is a huge, life changing decision. A parent should consider all possible advantages and disadvantages before beginning schooling from their kitchen tabletop. Because of the strong feelings on both sides of the homeschooling debate, sometimes searching parents end up only consuming information from other homeschooling parents. These resources tend to be a bit skewed as they are written by parents that feel they need to defend their choices instead of giving accurate pros and cons to homeschooling. With a busy concert schedule around the world, awards and scholarships, and even recitals for the Queen Mother, and the Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark, I’m always amazed Melanie has any time to maintain such a fantastic blog and be active on several social media sites.
Sorry to hear that, Tamara. I don’t think it’s limited to the Croatian government though – the lack of teaching kids good ‘thinking skills’ is a worldwide problem. No point in stuffing their heads full of facts if they don’t know how to apply their knowledge. We need innovators in education; people with passion who don’t need rules and guidelines to inspire our youngsters.
The children (and parents) who take part are of all ages and abilities and this is a far more natural environment than a classroom of 30 children all the same age, learning all the same things at one time. Ideas are sparked and the older kids teach the younger ones. We found that our group sessions were a good way to extend the deschooling process. Our son, who had just been deregistered from school was able to observe the difference between formal teaching and a more relaxed approach, not only to education but to life in general.
The quality of education one has, comes less from the number of schools one has been to, and more from the intensity of ones critical evaluation of ones own intellectual ability to deal with ones emotional reality to clearly see what best to do with it so one can develop as a thinking being who values a broad spectrum of cultur one may wish to contribut to more fully.
I was home schooled for two and a half years, but we had a pretty strict curriculum (my dad was an educator by profession), but I never missed out on the chance to learn outside of the set hours. There were a few drawbacks, socially, but I received an unparalleled education and learned things in 4th grade history I never saw in a textbook again until high school or college.
The site in not just for the kids, though. Parents can also use it as a resource to look for parenting tips, show times, and PBS kids apparel and toys. If you have younger kids, you could spend hours a day on this site and not get bored or feel bad about it for that matter.