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by Beverley Paine, Oct 2021
The short answer is no, you can't have a school that includes ALL of the benefits of homeschooling. It isn't possible. A school will always be a compromise. Aim for developing a co-operative instead with a team of like-minded people with a sustainable succession plan firmly embedded into the structure of the cooperative.
Consider this - if a small group of people put the same energy, effort and cost into developing a local home educating group that would be required for starting a school, how awesome would that group be? Don't underestimate the energy sucking power of bureaucratic processes, both external and internal, when creating an educational institution.
The most wonderful thing about home education I have discovered over the years is that it isn't a school. There is something magical about taking back responsibility for our own education, how empowering and enlightening that is and can be. The further we get away from the concept of school the more expansive and diverse and amazing the practice of home education becomes.
Build on that. Aim for something that isn't a school at all.
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Beverley Paine with her children, and their home educated children, relaxing at home.
Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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