After a period of increasing frustration and disillusionment with the schooling system in England based on the experiences of my sons and husband, who is a secondary maths teacher, we recently made the decision to remove the boys from the local primary school and embark on a family adventure into unschooling or autonomous education. Our aim is for the boys to become intrinsically motivated, lifelong learners and our hope is that we will facilitate their learning - not just at home, but out and about in the world, beyond the confines of the classroom.
We returned to England in June 2008 having spent three and a half years living in Turkey. Maybe it is this experience which has given us the confidence to think outside the educational box. Removing one's children from school feels counter-cultural and radical. Yet we have a sense of inner conviction that it is the right decision for us at this time. Here we will share the ups and downs of our experiment in organic ed!