Heyyyy, welcome to the Life Without School podcast by Stark Raving Dad! Here to help you and your children live the life *you* want to, not just the one you’re told you should.
Don't Believe These Unschooling Myths
In this episode, I spend some time examining three common perceptions that are unique to unschooling:
That unschooling is 'unparenting'That unschooling will create lazy childrenAnd that unschooling means you have no rules or structure whatsoeverIt’s a super interesting discussion that leads us through areas like life rhythms, autonomy and motivation, and regardless of whether you’re unschooling or not I think you’ll find this episode really useful!
You Are Enough
In this episode, I'm sharing six ways you can overcome any feelings you have about not being 'enough' as a home educating parent. Not smart enough, organised enough, social enough, qualified enough...
I wrote a post recently that started scratching at the surface of this. Today, we're digging deep.
Your Child Is Falling Behind
In this episode I'm talking more about something this podcast was literally born from: the idea of children falling behind where they should be.
First, I talk about how the world generally views progress in childhood, and why it’s so problematic and broken. And then second, I present a different view of that. A different idea of measurement and benchmarking and progress for our children.
Wherever you are in your journey right now, I hope this way of looking at things brings you and your children some comfort, some reassurance, and some *confidence*.
Turning Around The "Ohhhh, You Homeschool?" Questions
In this episode I'm going to do something that might feel a bit uncomfortable. But if we want to move education forward in any real meaningful way, the kind of thinking I’m about to take you through is incredibly important.
I’m going to take some of the main questions that home educators are traditionally asked - some of the main worries people express when they hear you’re a home educating family - and then I’m very simply going to turn them around.
I’m going to ask them of the formal education system that’s currently in place almost globally. And I’m going to put some pressure on that system to give us honest answers to those questions.
I think you’ll find this conversation, and the questions it asks, both interesting and challenging - whether you’re home educating or not!
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With so many families making the decision to leave the formal education system and take their own path through life, it also means there are a whole lot of grandparents out there going...
Hold on, what’s happening here?! We have a comprehensive, effective school system designed specifically to educate us in all the areas we’ll need to fully prepare for life. Why on earth would anyone walk away from that? And...what’s going to happen to my grandchildren now that they’ve had the opportunity to go through that system taken away?
It...just seems a bit crazy.
Grandparents, I hear you. So today, in this episode, I’m sitting down to have a chat with *you*.
p.s. if you enjoy this episode, I've written a guide on this topic called The Home Schooling Guide for Grandparents. There’s lot of the same material covered, but the process of reading and reflection is quite different to listening. Take a look :-)
We're Looking At Education All Wrong
The definition of education is being taught, and the learning that results from it. A process that happens, for a child, in a classroom.
But if you read that a couple of times, does it sound interesting and inspiring? Does it really sound like it’s centered on our children, designed to help them become independent, life-long learners, who know how to get the best out of themselves?
I don’t think it does. So today, together, we’re going to give education a new definition. We’re going to take the entire concept, and everything that sits within it, and look at it all with fresh eyes.
You might find some of what we discover here surprising.
And I *know* you will find it enlightening.
You speak my language!
Honestly, thank goodness for your words, Izzy! I often doubt myself, in my decision to unschool, but you put it so succinctly, that it leaves no doubt to my own beliefs and values around my decision to unschool.
Education as enlightenment! The best place for learning - nature! I feel validated in my decisions and our life (against the norm).
Thank you for your work.
Marie from Wellington, NZ
So on point!
Thank you so much for these amazing, insightful podcasts. We have just decided to follow the natural learning path with our girls (am also an ex teacher and felt very similar to how your wife did when I was still in the classroom). It is so nice to listen to everything you have to say and align all of my own thoughts!
So excited about the potential
Thanks Issy for opening my eyes to the world of home schooling and dispelling all the myths that I was holding onto. Having your podcast to guide us is seriously taking a lot of the fear and apprehension away and giving us a clear road map to follow with confidence. The prospect of home schooling our 3 kids in the future, is now a far more exciting prospect than sending them off to regular school.