Home Education Put Another Way

Im sure that if you asked any home educating family, they would probably tell you that one of the most common questions that they are asked the most is “why did you decide to home educate?”

Funnily enough I was asked that exact question twice just yesterday!

Some find it a difficult question to answer, as did we in the beginning.

There are many reasons that people choose home education and sadly, sometimes, it isn’t out of choice.

In the beginning , I found that whenever I got asked the question, all of the reasons that I gave as to why we chose this lifestyle choice felt like they came across in the wrong way.

It was like I always felt that people walked away feeling like, in some reverse psychological way, I was somehow disrespecting their choice to send their children to school by listing everything that we felt was wrong with the system.

For anyone experiencing this right now who gets either tongue tied or begins to feel like they are digging themselves into a deep hole each time the question arises, rest assured it gets easier!

In all honesty I’m not sure that that’s the right way to put it, I’m not sure if it gets easier or if, as time goes on, you just stop caring what others think and embrace the lifestyle choice that you have chosen…..but nevertheless, it feels less awkward!

So for those of you who are reading this article and are intrigued to know the main reason for our choice to home educate, I thought that I would try to explain it in an alternative way.

So here goes…..

I want you to imagine that tomorrow morning, the dog goes mental and you hear the familiar drop of post on your doormat.

There’s an official looking letter that piques you attention and over the other half of your cup of coffee which has now gone cold, you begin to read it and it goes a little something like this…..

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to let you know that we, the government, have made a decision that it is now time for you to hand over all of your financial worth to us for the non-negotiable period of 14 years.

Over the coming weeks, we would advise that you look into financial advisors who are active in your postcode area.

Those outside of your postcode area, regardless of positive results in the past, will not be made available to you unless we give our full consent and cases are reviewed on our private policy which is not readily available to you.

Once you have read their reviews online, we want you to make an application to us for your chosen individual or organisation and we will make the decision whether or not you are able to proceed with making an investment with your chosen choice.

Prior to investing, you will of course, be invited to see them in person at a time and date preferable to them along with everyone else who decided to place their worldly possessions with the same person, so that they can tell you a little more about what they expect from you in return for their services.

Following that short interaction, On the 5th September 2024, you will take all of your financial information to the address of your chosen advisor and hand it over to them.

WE WOULD LIKE TO BE CLEAR THAT THIS COVERS ANYTHING OF VALUE. SAVINGS, INVESTMENTS, JEWELLERY, CASH, THE DEEDS TO YOUR PROPERTY, THE LOG BOOK TO YOUR VEHICLE, COLLECTIONS, ART, POTTERY, INHERITED HEIRLOOMS ect.

FOR THE ENTIRE TERM OF THE AGREEMENT WHICH YOU WILL BE ENTERING INTO, YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE AN APPLICATION TO YOUR ADVISOR SHOULD YOU WISH TO ACCESS ANY OF YOUR ASSETS AT A TIME NOT SPECIFIED BY THEM, THEY WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION.

SHOULD YOU GO AGAINST IT, YOU WILL BE PENALISED BY WAY OF A FINANCIAL PENALTY, REPEAT OFFENDERS WILL THEN BE REPORTED TO A SEPERATE GOVERNING BODY WHICH WILL TAKE OVER ALL DECISIONS SURROUNDING YOUR FINANCES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TERM.

We would like to assure you at this point that all advisors available should have been checked and received a recognised qualification to allow them to make decisions about your financial future.

At various intervals, at a time and date convenient to them, you will be invited to a meeting to be told how your investment is shaping up.

Over the next 14 years, whilst you will have little, or in some cases, no control over what happens with your investment, all of the 14+ advisors that your finances will pass through during that time, will possibly endeavour to make sure that you receive a positive outcome at the end however we cannot vouch for everyone involved and can only act upon the information provided to us.

  • * Please note that we cannot guarantee success and whilst some investments may flourish by the end of the term, many will unfortunately not meet your likely expectations of this system and you may not receive your initial investment back as it once was, we take no responsibility for any upset, disruption, stress or anxiety caused during or following on from this period of time and as such will not be liable for any emotional, mental or physical damage that should arise because of it.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you on board and hope that you are as dedicated to this system as we will endeavour to be *

We would strongly advise against any citizen opting out of this program due to the fact that many are not qualified nor hold and certification in financial management. Your financial future is much better placed in someone else’s hands.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Retards From

The British Government.

So here’s a question…..if this dropped through your letterbox in the morning, what would your genuine reaction be?

Would you just happily go along with the process without questioning it just because you felt you had to?

For the vast majority , I’m guessing the answer to that question would be a resounding ‘NO’ and who could blame you!

So it poses the question , that if we received a letter of this nature about handing over our financial possessions and we resisted, where along the way did it become acceptable to hand over our most priceless possession to a scheme of the same nature?

Surely if we question who is in charge of our financial future and opt to take responsibility for looking after it ourselves whether we are qualified or not, why would the future of our children be any different?

I remember back in the day before we started home educating, we received “the letter” and duly applied for a school place for our daughter because I thought that we had to in order for her to be included in some register or another (FYI : for anyone looking into home education, you don’t have to do this but I was unaware of the procedure if you chose to electively HE at the time)

Our daughter was accepted into our “choice” of school and shortly afterwards, we received a letter from said school, inviting us to a parents welcome evening.

The part about the letter that has stuck with me to this day, is the paragraph that said that the headteacher would be speaking to us about what they expected from us as parents in return for basically providing an education for our children…..

I remember thinking, but surely that should be the other way around and the parents would be the ones setting out their expectations in return for placing their childrens future in the hands of that particular school!

Sadly there are many people who would love the opportunity to home educate but for various reasons are unable to facilitate it, then there are those parents who just don’t know that the option exists or how to go about it.

I see lots of comments in response to home educating creator reels accusing them of making those who send their children to school feel like they are doing something wrong, or like somehow home educators feel that they are in some way superior to parents who choose a mainstream school setting for their child’s education, but nothing could be further from the truth taking into account myself and other creators that I am fortunate enough to have made a connection with.

The reason that we blog, vlog, create reels, stories, posts both humourous and informative, is to reach people and make them aware that they do have a choice and that if you genuinely feel that the school system isn’t the right environment for your children, there are other options available to you. Many also cover all aspects with regard to policies and procedures such as deregistration.

To this day it continues to baffle me why so many people turn up year after year at the school gates and hand over their children to complete strangers, is it because they don’t know there’s an alternative or simply because as a nation, we have been brainwashed into thinking that we don’t have a choice?

As always , I’m interested to hear your take on this so please feel free to drop a comment and remember you can keep the conversation going by hitting one of the icons below and sharing this blog to your fave platform!

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So until next time…..

PS Did anyone notice the deliberate spelling mistake in the letter ? ?

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