Author Archives: RossMountney

About RossMountney

Writer, home educator, ex-teacher-gave-up-in-disgust, passionate about parenting, children and education. http://rossmountney.wordpress.com

Are we creating mental health issues with incessant testing?

I’ve raised the issue of testing before as parents are worried about the impact of continual testing on our children. But when the teachers begin to suspect that there’s too much stress for children to handle it makes it all … Continue reading

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We’re not anti-school, but here are 15 reservations we have about it!

There’s a common assumption that if you’re a home educator you’re bound to be anti-school. That’s not the case. Most home educators appreciate that schools work very well for most families. And their decision to home educate is not a … Continue reading

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A call to develop character over more academic gain

One of the many reasons cited by parents as influencing their decision to home educate is their concern over the narrow focus of the curriculum in school on purely academic outcomes. Many feel that this neglects the wider education of … Continue reading

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Social media – is it a tool for learning?

When people think about home educating they often assume that it is the same as school except with the parents ‘teaching’ the children at home. However, that’s rarely the case; parents and children are engaged in learning together and it … Continue reading

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What are test results worth?

We have developed a culture obsessed with tests and statistics. And although these may be useful in some instances, it’s perhaps worth questioning how useful they are to our children. I ask this because tests, both the implementing of them … Continue reading

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Time to talk – 8 reasons kids need to do so

It’s a shame that children don’t get the chance to talk more in class. Or be listened to. Because talking is a valuable aid to learning that home educators get to make full use of. It develops many aspects of … Continue reading

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5 tips to help your child’s reading

It’s a common assumption that children need a qualified teacher and a systematic reading scheme in order for them to learn to read. This isn’t strictly true as many children actually start reading at home before they even come into … Continue reading

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New Year’s objectives – some things to think about

When the New Year begins it’s a good time to consider our objectives for our children’s education as we would make resolutions. Normally, objectives for education are based in a very long-term future, focus on things outside the child, and … Continue reading

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Where is the education in all this Christmas craft?

Christmas is a time when children will be doing lots of creative activities. Some parents worry that this is of little educational benefit and they should instead be working at more academic things. But few understand that many vital skills … Continue reading

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A different perspective on learning – insights from a Home Educator

The educational views of families who’ve been home educating for a long time really challenge our traditional assumptions about education. One parent has been doing so for twenty five years and I had the opportunity to ask her about it. … Continue reading

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