I wish that I had known that school can be incredibly detrimental to children. I didn’t take the kids out of school because we had any sort of issues with the school system. We were very supportive. We were living an ordinary life to the best of our abilities and the school system is what we knew. So we trusted that they were learning.
Since leaving, though, it’s scared me… the negative impact that schooling had, particularly on Brody because he went up to grade five. And that’s not to say that the teachers weren’t doing a great job or that the kids’ Brody was connecting with weren’t great in themselves. It’s the whole system… that forces education on them forces them to sit down and shut up and learn. Like, now it’s math time and now it’s science time. Well, you know what, my daughter’s ideal learning time is 11:30 at night, that’s when she’s switched on. That’s when things stick. So forcing children to learn, I’ve learned since starting to world school, is not effective. And I’m quite passionate about that now because when we took Brody out of school, I was heartbroken to see the negative impact that schooling had had on him. He hated learning. The idea of learning. He would just switch off, and that was really sad; that broke my heart.
Now, we just learn, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And it’s not just the kids, it’s the four of us. Everything we do is a learning opportunity. And that’s not a bad thing. There’s no negative connotation around learning. And I think that is a valuable, valuable experience and a valuable way to live.
I also wish that I knew about this 10 years earlier. So if you’re reading this right now, and thinking, “oh, should we do this?” just do it, don’t wait. I wish we’d known about this 10 years earlier because life would have been very, very different.