Keeping Children Safe by Treating Them With Respect

‘The Guardian’ is a UK newspaper, the online version of which I try to dip into every day and it had another really interesting article about the importance of respecting and valuing children. The ghastly case of, probably, a murdered little girl called April Jones, has gripped the country and made international headlines too. When these awful things happen, good parents will stop and think, “What can I learn from this? What should I do to prevent this ever happening to my precious children?” I thought this was an interesting, sober article that, for me, says ‘Not much’ for good parents and a lot for ‘bad parents’ – bad parents in this instance meaning those that don’t treat their children as valued beings in their own right. I’m sure this doesn’t apply to poor April Jones’s parents. But sadly it does to so many others, “Above all, we could stop treating children as possessions of the adult world – mini-me, designer accessories and appendages – that merely become used as symbols of the adult’s wealth, status, or culture, and instead begin to recognise children as individual, sentient beings in their own right and therefore valued for themselves”. I couldn’t agree more and I feel homeschooling helps do this, given its focus on the individual child. “Though we cannot save every child, we can take steps to save a great many…by recreating the space that we once called “childhood” and letting children determine for themselves how they would like that space to be filled”. Again, something homeschooling, I think, is able to do with aplomb.

What do you think? Do you ‘take away’ the same message as I do?

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 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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2 Responses to Keeping Children Safe by Treating Them With Respect

  1. Your words hit home for me today. My son is unconventional, which is part of the reason we homeschool. Yet I try to make him fit into a mold. He is a unique person with his own vision of the world. I can cultivate that while teaching him the skills he needs to succeed in the world–at his job, with friends, etc. Thank you for sharing your perspective and this story.

    • homeschoolingpenny says:

      Isn’t it amazing when you read something that seems written just for you. I love it when that happens and I love it even more if I’ve been lucky enough to write it/reblogged/passed it on! I am so pleased that you found it of value! So pleased too that your lucky kid has you!

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