Why did we choose to home educate our children?

A question I’m often asked, and one that has about twenty possible answers.

But at the same time, it really only has one.

I could launch into talking about standardised testing and its impact on children, or the narrow definition of socialisation our schools are built around, or their heavy weighting towards a specific academic version of success, or the way they compartmentalise subjects and time, or the myriad rules and regulations children there are asked to abide by each day.

But even in the absence of all that we’d still be a home educating family, and that’s because we have one clear motivation that eclipses anything else:

Togetherness.

See, most children will spend about 2,340 days in school. More than 14,000 hours.

To put that in tangible terms, that’s the amount of time you’d need to set aside if you wanted to binge-watch seven thousand movies. It would take you 600 days, day and night, without hitting the pause button.

That’s a very, very long time for a parent and their child to spend apart. And it’s a very, very long time for siblings to spend apart.

To me, the true magic of home education isn’t the release from testing pressure, or the social skills that are built in the real world, or the freedom to explore creative or practical pursuits as much as academic ones, or the autonomy over time and life direction.

It’s more simple than any of that – it’s getting to grow up together.


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