We all come across naysayers in life (a person who continually gives negative and pessimistic views even though things are going fine. Its in their nature to create a problem out of a solution).
Home Education certainly attracts the doon and gloom merchants, luckily also a lot of open-minded, forward thinking and encouraging people who can see the beyond four walls of a classroom and the National Curriculum.
I think if you know why you want to Home Educate and have an end goal, then the opinion of naysayers, whether they be friends, family or random people do not matter one iota.
So far, in our experience, people who have frowned and ridiculed our decision to Home Educate are the ones who have not tried it.
They are scared to stand apart from the crowd and leave their comfort zone, think the only way to be educated is through the school system and indeed those who are employed to teach within the system.
The first comment from their lips is usually, “what about socialising?”
Our boys have a great social life, both with old school friends and new Home Ed friends, read this enlightening article regarding socialisation.
I do have to say we have had a large number of teachers think that Home Education is a great alternative to traditional schools and how disgruntled they are at not being able to teach openly due to red tape, statistics and Ofsted.
Ironically, asked whether they enjoyed school and have benefitted from it both in a social, creative and professional capacity, you won’t be surprised to know that their experience was quite often negative!
We all have different reasons why we Home Educate and why we also have children in mainstream school, both should be respected.
Keep your eyes on the end goal, how happy your children are and how lucky you are to be able to Home Educate in this country.
You do not have to justify yourself to the doubters; it’s all about having fun and preparing your child for an ever-changing world and allowing them to be creative and to follow their passion in a style that suits them.
Ignore the naysayers; they’ll soon be frowning about aspects of other peoples lives.
I know with our Home Education journey, “the proof will be in the pudding.”