When we first made a decision to home educate, only a handful of our friends were supportive. For the most part, we were met with either mild bafflement at us suddenly turning hippie-like, or rather rude comments labelling us irresponsible parents who will surely ruin our child's future, because school is the best thing ever since sliced bread, and isn't school compulsory anyway?
somehow, teachers seem to get blamed for disappointing results with the credit for the best results going entirely to their students. The thought of photographers taking shots of delighted teachers leaping in the air outside their schools, reading glasses and sensible cardigans flying in all directions, is so ridiculous that it's utterly delightful.
Social media can be great for many things, for awkward throwback pictures, for tweeting Katie Hopkins, for sharing vines with your friends, but it should not be for showing off. We have to be sensitive to other people's academic experience. So lets get back to using social media for better things, yeah?
Lots of people I meet automatically assume that employers would veto any candidate who has no degree or generally doesn't perform well academically. However, this isn't always the case. I, and most other employees, look for something more than just an impressive CV. We want a candidate to tell us when they have applied learnings to real life experiences.
I'd like to see a change in sex education, the sooner the better. Sex education needs to provide a more intimate and truthful depiction of sex for LGBTI+ people. The dangers of sex of course, need to be addressed but we also need to turn our heads to the enjoyment of sex and consent. At the moment, there is a lack of understanding and it is dangerous.
Schools should be encouraged to visit sites of significant historical meaning more than they are now. Archaeology and anthropology studies can be conducted in the deepest Mayan forests of South America, the desert towns of the Middle East, but it can be even more fascinating to our youngsters if it is right on their doorstep - as I have found in Llanelli.
The Danes have a very common-sense approach to educating their children at home. And Alexander and Sandahl advocate unstructured free time. In other countries, there's a pressure on parents to fill their children's time with after-school activities, whether it be in a sports club or something more musical.