This is the post that inspired Jo’s post that I reblogged earlier.I’m sorry I didn’t get them in order but better than nothing! The comments are interesting too.

The Class Struggle

Imagine two individuals waiting outside an office for a  job interview. They are both smart, hard workers with an excellent education. The difference: one is a university graduate, the other has never been to university. Have you spotted what’s wrong with this picture yet? That’s right. The autodidact would never be considered for the job in the first place.

Now I say that both have an excellent education, but what does that mean? A university education is one thing, but immediately after hearing a word like autodidact we collectively cringe. Something is fishy about learning without the supervision of an accredited institution. This rogue self-education cannot possibly be as valid as one from a university. That, I say, is open to debate.

Universities are home to the world’s knowledge, expertise and research. There are only so many seats in lecture halls, and so many papers that professors will correct, so…

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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