In Western Australia there appears to be a rather draconian and highly regulated system around home education (document attached for interest). Given that I am a firm believer in self regulated learning, it appears that there will be serious conflicts between what I want for my son and what the system will inflict with its "moderator meetings" and "curriculum framework". Has anyone had any experience with the home education system in Western Australia that they can share as to just how draconian it is?
The other thing I find so incredible is the absolute frenzied reaction to the mention of homeschooling by family and relatives. "Oh nooooooooooo, you caaaaaaan't do that!", "He'lll turn out wierd.", "He will have no social skills", and so on... and on... and on. Sigh. It scares me that people are so programmed by the system. I just pray that within the next six years before the system begins to exert itself on my child that the kins settlement I am starting to build next month has enough families to build out own school afer Academician Shchetinin's model (http://loveforlife.com.au/node/5173).
This is when you have to find strength in your convictions and go your own way regardless. there is actually no point discussing it with people who still miraculously believe in todays society. Kids are turning out just so great from mainstream, not!
looking back I had all sorts of pressure to abort, circumsise, immunise, institionalise etc.. God help us! and the proof is in the pudding now.. my beautiful children are 6,8,10 and 14 and as conscious and un-interfered with as their journey has made possible and the relatives can only love them for their amazing presence.
My oldest is a tennis champion who manifested a team of mentors grooming his career since age 9, the other boys are unfolding beautifully are the most present, joyful beings coping very well with society and have much to say about people who spray food, eat crap, smoke and drink etc.. they'll question you right off for dong anything destructive. and of all things they have consciously supported me to follow my path and live my dream with Noha. they are my best friends in the world and when I cry they cry and when they laugh I laugh.
you are the parent responsible for creating a safe place for your child to unfold, that is all. everyone else either had their turn at it already or can do it their own way if they want. but your child is relying on you to follow your heart and spirit. for you are the only one who can. you live your dream and your child has self-respect.
Never give your precious child over to the status quo. they will resent you for not doing the only job you had- letting them be themselves.
Be strong. find kin to support you and keep moving in the direction of your dreams.
Thanks Billa for your encouragment. This forum is about the only place you get any support! I'm meeting tonight with the first family that wants to get a kins domain on the settlement land (they also have a little boy who is just a month older than mine... they got the Tarus... I got the Gemini :)). Things are starting to move, the universe is rearranging things. My concern over here in WA is they throw the parents in jail (happened just a few months ago to an guy in his 60's) if they do not follow the rules of the disEducation Department... but I am sure, as you say, that if we stick to our plan that all will fall into place.
Beautiful Billa; just beautiful:) I especially love this part:
"you are the parent responsible for creating a safe place for your child to unfold, that is all. everyone else either had their turn at it already or can do it their own way if they want. but your child is relying on you to follow your heart and spirit. for you are the only one who can. you live your dream and your child has self-respect.
Never give your precious child over to the status quo. they will resent you for not doing the only job you had- letting them be themselves."
Thank you for this encouring and inspiring reminder that I am doing the right thing for my boys:)