is homeschooling sheltering children from reality?
As more experienced homeschoolers/ unschoolers moving in to our fourth year of educating at home, many times I hear the same rhetoric about homeschooling and sheltering. The basic premise is that teaching your child at home is something that we undertake because it shelters children from the real world - and that this is a bad thing. That withholding very young and impressionable children from the institutionalised school environment is unnatural, and will disadvantage them in that they will not experience the harsh realities of life, and therefore will not be able to cope with a harsh adult life once confronted with it..(read more)
Mamamia you are wrong about Unschooling
In reference to an article recently on the Mamamia website about radical unschoolers, I felt compelled to write a reply on behalf of the unschooling and natural learning community. I mhttp://www.alliracaddies.com/parenting/mamamia-you-are-wrong-about-unschoolingust preface that I deeply respect much of Mia Freedman's work and the work of Mamamia in empowering women to have a voice on so many issues that are not usually brought up in mainstream media. However I must respectfully disagree with the assertion that unschoolers and natural learners are negligent parents or that our children are illiterate, or not contributing to or participating in society...(see more)
Getting over 'putting yourself out there' in women-centred business
An issue that I have heard again and again in women-centred entrepreneurialism is the fear of 'putting yourself out there' in business, where all of your friends, family and the world in general has the opportunity to get a glimpse of your biggest hopes and dreams, and therefore leaving yourself open to criticism and judgement.
Historically 'putting yourself out there' and having opinions, drive and motivation that goes above and beyond the traditional at-home role has been stigmatised for women, which is evidenced in the glass-ceiling mentality that is still evident in many businesses and corporations today. However times are changing, and in order to go forward in the world and make an impact the lives and societies that our children lead and grow up in, it is necessary to move forward with bravery and read more
Mum and Dad Entrepreneurs eligible for new business grants!
Looking at building or growing your home based business while you are at home with your young children, or homeschooling? The QLD government has this week announced some small business funding grants for parents at home with children who are also running a small business. This is promising news for Mum's and Dad's who could use some help building or improving on their business plan for the year, and could also put a small cash injection to good use in their biz! The grants will be given in two stages, more
6 Reasons to homeschool with less television
Most parents live with the misconception that school is a place where children go to learn and become the best they can be. Somewhere where you can be assured that the educational system is set up so that your child is best placed to become an intelligent and high-functioning citizen in a new and fast-paced world. However, the reality is that our current schooling system is set up to produce two types of graduates - the winners and the losers... read more
How School Is Designed to Produce Winners...and losers
Most parents live with the misconception that school is a place where children go to learn and become the best they can be. Somewhere where you can be assured that the educational system is set up so that your child is best placed to become an intelligent and high-functioning citizen in a new and fast-paced world. However, the reality is that our current schooling system is set up to produce two types of graduates - the winners and the losers...more
Allira is a university tutor, academic, social worker, author and mother of 4 unschoolers/ homeschoolers. She blogs about life as a family learning at home, and entrepreneurship as a woman and a mother.