When I first heard about home education in 1987, an English family in Kilkenny told me Bunreacht na hÉireann explicitly states that parents are a child’s primary educators.
They were the first home birthing, natural immune boosting, learning at home family I’d ever met.
I owe a lot to the time I spent with them: observing, chatting, reading their John Holt books and “Education Otherwise” newsletters.
I had SERIOUS doubts that it worked.
What if my children FAILED at life because I made a counter-cultural decision?
Would they be able to fend for themselves?
Would they find a place to use their talents and bless the world with their gifts?
4 are adults now with 2 more younger ones, not quite at the “leave the nest” stage.
I feel confident enough to state that without perfect parenting (!), they are doing grand.
And I am collecting stories of Irish unschooled children who are now adults, to add insight to some published accounts from Australia, UK, USA and elsewhere.
I’ll be posting stories here – and videos if I can sort the tech – mainly thinking of myself at 19, with my 1st child then 9 months old, and the reassurance I needed.
They are a fascinating bunch.
They aren’t ALL long-haired, guitar-picking, living off welfare, (insert your own stereotype of non-conformists 😉).
Some are, of course. They are kinda lovely too. Even the ones with short hair.. 😉