An experienced school teacher and now home-educating mum has written a blog article on how much time she reckons is devoted to education (in the sense of academia) in school. Roughly 2 hrs a day!
One of the benefits of home education is that we have the rest of the day free to do what we like after spending 2 hrs or so studying. Whereas a school-going child would be stuck in school for just over 6 hrs a day, half the time just waiting around. In a typical school day, there is not even much play time… let alone the oft-cited “socialising” that anti-home education proponents claim home educated children miss out on!
Most of the time in school, kids are not allowed to really “socialise” anyway as the teachers implement loads of rules designed to keep children quiet and still, even when not in actual lessons.
So there we go. If you ever needed to tell a home education sceptic that school is truly not a great utilization of time for the child. In fact, school probably serves more of a function in giving parents a long break away from childcare during the day, as well as giving some parents the erroneous idea that school absolves them of their responsibility to educate their children.
I won’t go into detail now to debunk that other than to state here that in actual fact, school DOES NOT absolve a parent of the responsibility to educate his/her children, ever! This concept is enshrined in law in England and Wales as follows :
Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 :
7: Duty of parents to secure education of children of compulsory school age
The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable—
a: to his age, ability and aptitude, and
b: to any special educational needs he may have,
either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.
So there we go. Save this article in your bookmarks. Useful ammunition to bolster your Home Ed argument in the face of naysayers – take that! 😉