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unschooling / autonomous education questions

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thriftychic Sun 13-Oct-13 17:18:27

sorry if this is a daft question but how would you show that they are getting a suitable education ?


what if the child only has 2 years left at school , you take them out and all they want to do is sit watching you tube or fantasy shopping online all the time .

morethanpotatoprints Sun 13-Oct-13 17:24:59

Hello thriftychic

The first point you raise about how do you know they are receiving a suitable education?

Well this is defined as suitable for their age and ability and taking into consideration any additional needs.
So whatever they are learning in that respect.
Some people do choose an autonomous route but others a more formal approach.
So if you thought your dc wasn't learning anything you could support learning through a curriculum, or if only a couple of years left, through studying for GCSE's/A levels.

AMumInScotland Mon 14-Oct-13 14:39:30

Suitable education - you have to define what you think a suitable aim is, and then show how they are achieving it. I think some people are pretty vague about their aims because it is hard to say in advance what you are going to cover, specially when you are starting out.

But - say you have a particular child in mind - what do you and they think the next few months, or the next year, of their education ought to achieve?

Would they be better off trying to get a qualification? Would basic literacy and numeracy be more realistic goals? What about life skills?

A period of not doing anything that looks like school is fair game, but 2 years of watching YouTube would be hard to justify. But if you have just taken a 14yo out of school after problems there, then its okay to do that for a while.

thriftychic Mon 14-Oct-13 18:45:01

thanks smile

morethanpotatoprints Mon 14-Oct-13 20:48:57


Why do you ask? Is it because you are worried your dc might not be learning?
I know this is a common problem when starting out and have just come to accept they will be learning, now after a year of H.ed
It is quite scary sometimes to think over days or weeks how little they appear to have done during this time.
Then sometimes you see something they have done which is a huge improvement and this really fills you with confidence.

thriftychic Mon 14-Oct-13 21:37:06

i am asking because i am considering options at the moment , ds2 is at school but its going badly . He has a diagnosis of aspergers and tends to be very limited in what he will do. He is very opposed to learning anything at the moment .

morethanpotatoprints Mon 14-Oct-13 22:50:54


All I can say is, at first I was very worried about this and did plans and looked at the nc and worked out where I wanted to be etc.
This really didn't work especially with writing as dd hated it and was quite poor on leaving school in y4.
I haven't pushed with the writing at all and she has only written a few lines per day in her journal, if she remembered.
Today there was a need to write a short paragraph for her piano teacher.
I was gob smacked, it was beautiful, 100% better than it was.
I know now that given time the most reluctant learner can make huge progress.
Not sure if this will help at all. smile

thriftychic Tue 15-Oct-13 12:02:24

thankyou and well done to your little girl smile

sugaplumfurry Thu 17-Oct-13 23:02:03

thrifty my Ds has aspergers and he learns a lot watching videos on youtube, infact he has surprised me before by rhyming off lots of scientific facts which he picked up by watching some random this day I still don't know how he collected the info from what he was actually watching. smile

Sparklysilversequins Thu 17-Oct-13 23:03:22

Have a look at my thread "Finally, it's clicked" here in HE. It's on,y short but might reassure you smile.

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