So called ‘alternative’ education – letting children decide what to learn, with the tools that interest them and without all the talking from the teacher – has been shown to work well in schools as well
We’ve been underestimating how well our kids can think.
It can be genuinely difficult for people to get their heads around how home education works, particularly self-directed learning, because it is just so different from what we experienced.
It can be helpful to see how some of the concepts which underpin home education work when applied in a classroom.
Self-directed learning in the classroom
Moving away from the idea of teacher as giver-of-knowledge
Where playing games (even video games) is valued
Mixed age learning
Home educated children really benefit from mixing with all different ages. It can be done in a very positive way in schools. It can also be done badly, where kids are made to feel like failures because it is tied into assessment of ability.