Educate for Problem-Solving, Not Factories

This is the title of a fascinating article that popped up on my FB page.

It concludes, and I concur, “Education must create value by teaching people to make a living as problem-solvers and purposeful entrepreneurs…Let’s stop stifling creativity and innovation. If we want to make the grade, we must open our children’s eyes, ears, hearts and minds to a future of lifelong learning. The sooner the better.”

Just today Edward was accusing me of being strict when I asked him to do some Maths. When I pointed out that actually I am so relaxed it’s ridiculous, that as soon as he entered the classroom at his old school he had to do 10 Maths problems before he’d said ‘good morning’ to anyone he agreed. I said I wasn’t strict because we didn’t do anything remotely resembling school at home, that instead I encourage him to learn what’s interesting to him, to direct his own learning with my support, but that a bit of Maths wasn’t a biggie. He agreed and went on to do pages in his ‘Maths-U-See’ book. I keep encouraging him to skip stuff but kids can be so conventional! Both of mine want to complete every problem on every page! But it probably helps that I encourage them not to! He’s really keen to learn his times tables at the moment, despite the fact I’ve never particularly encouraged him to.  It is fun to see these unschooling miracles happen before one’s eyes!

We then had fun with our new book, ‘Our Island Story – A History of Britain’ which is a bit like ‘Story of the World’ but for Britain. I decided it would be useful revision because it starts with the coming of the Romans. Edward constantly talks about what he learned about at ‘Archeon’ in the Netherlands which is wonderful. And then we had fun with this website then read a bit about archaeology in one of the ‘Let’s Read and Find Out Science’ books.

We have started discussing our summer holiday early this year. I would so like to go somewhere with wonderful historical re-enactments, given the success of ‘Archeon’. But hubbie wants some sun, as if we didn’t get enough here 🙂 If anyone knows of any great historical re-enactments in southern France, Spain, Portugal or Italy please do let me know!!

A very happy New Year to all my dear readers. And I look forward to continuing to share our homeschooling journey, and a few additional parts of our life, with you in 2013.


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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