Hi - this is my first ever message on this site (if there's a 'new members introduction' section to say 'hello' I'm afraid I didn't spot it).
I just want to let off steam to say how sad and upset I am about my daughter's plan to 'unschool' (her version of home schooling) my little granddaughter, about to turn four years of age. She isn't going to register her for school at all.
My DD is a single parent - with no monetary support from her ex - and has embraced the hippy lifestyle. She has walked away from her career and thinks it is her right to live on benefits. My spouse, myself and extended family members are appalled.
My granddaughter is delightful and recently when she was visiting she saw our neighbour's kids getting onto the school bus. I asked her if she would like to go to school. She replied that she will not be going to school 'because I will be bullied because I am small' - she is tiny for her age and my DD has clearly told her about bullying.
As far as my daughter is concerned she is adamant that she doesn't want her daughter to be 'indoctrinated' by 'The System'. My GD has never been put into any kind of routine and in regards to bedtime, she is usually still up after 10pm-11pm and sleeps with her mum.
I googled 'Unschooling' and there was a Daily Mail article (9th Dec 2013) on a family in Scotland where the children don't go to school and 'teach themselves with computer games and life experiences'. This sounds exactly what my daughter plans to do. She told me that in the Steiner - Waldorf schools, children aren't taught to read until they are seven, so she will do this too.
I despair, I really do. I truly believe that my DD is being unreasonable in denying my GD a decent education
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