The case for homeschooling

Parents who decide to educate their children at home often face a barrage of criticism but, for Gill Kilner, school simply wasn’t meeting her sons’ needs

The case for homeschooling

Twenty-seven years ago, I was being called into school regularly to answer for my eight-year-old stepson’s behaviour in class. “He won’t pay attention,” his teacher complained. “He just will not knuckle down and do the work. He’s such a bright boy but he’s always either daydreaming or disrupting the rest of the class.”

As the parent in this situation, it’s difficult to know what to do. I spent a few months trying various approaches: trying to ensure he got to sleep early, spending extra time with him, encouraging healthy hobbies, feeding even healthier food, staying engaged with the teacher ...

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