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Changing Our Minds: How children can take control of their own learning

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This book reminded me of several aspects that have challenged me since home educating, which for me has been my inner terrain as an adult who has been schooled and raised in more traditional ways yet my heart has consistently guided me to enable my child to do life differently.As well as a grounding in theory, the book provides a roadmap to help self-directed learning become a reality for families. I never thought I’d be considering unschooling, but 13yo has shown me over the years that traditional schooling (including traditional homeschooling) will never work for him.

If the events of 2020 have taught us anything, it is that the process of education can change quickly and massively when it has to. I’ll talk about how school adversely affects the mental wellbeing of some children, and why this happens. Sometimes, there is a requirement to just do the job at hand in the same way as everyone else and to very precise requirements. When they refuse to cooperate with this, they are said to be suffering from school refusal, or perhaps school phobia.

It’s totally understandable - everyone is tired and stressed and an alternative just isn’t known about in the mainstream! There I was, eight hours a day, sticking profiteroles on spikes as fast as I could to avoid being covered with cream. Profiteroles came along the belt, I had to grab two, put them on the spikes, and – ‘thunk’ – the machine filled them with cream. I read the books which claimed that the problem in education today is that we don’t teach children enough facts, and the books which argue that children just need to be kept under control better. She is the mother of two and the author of several books on psychology, education and mental health.

I’ll then discuss several ways in which children struggle emotionally, with some ideas as to what to do to help. Why settle for diminishing the human spirit and minimal competencies when our wonderful, unique children and young people can take control of their own lives and learning. If Dave didn’t think I was working fast enough, he would come and turn up the machine: thunk-thunk-thunk-thunk-thunk-squirt.

She gives courage to parents who conclude that enough is enough and who decide to withdraw their child - either to create a more self-directing environment at home or in a different kind of school. It’s almost like with the pressure of “school” looming in the background it’s freed his mind up even more. Her work has featured in The Psychologist, The Green Parent, Juno, SEN Magazine and she has appeared on many podcasts including Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd.

Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. Since we’ve been moving towards a more “unschooling” approach my son’s “behavioral issues” have improved significantly, the whole house is happier and more relaxed, and his natural inquisitiveness has blossomed. An essential guide, informed by educational theory and personal experience, which presents accessibly the evidence and argument for self-directed learning, getting the child to lead where their curiosity and interests should be developed.

Whilst I do agree that it is socially constructed like many things are I find it could really be misused by the "it didn't exist in my day" brigade. I was horrified that it could be published when it was so mediocre and that a new home educator might pick it up without realising that it wasn’t really about home education.

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