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How can we educate our children without the need of school?

Education is the acquisition of knowledge skills, values, norms and tradition that influences the way we think, act and behave. Anything that has the ability to impart knowledge to anyone is educating the person. Thus, education is not restricted to the walls of a class room in a confined or standard structure. Some of the things I learnt in school during my university days are not applicable in real life because the conditions are not constant according to Charles law or according to ideal gas equation.

Yes I have said that education is not acquired in classroom only. It has become easy for people to learn new things with the advent of internet. You can have the world downloaded at your finger's tip. Education gotten in school is a formal one. Environmental factors affects the way a person behaves to a great extent. Exposing a child to the right environment would help facilitate growth.

You actually can educate a child without having to take them to school but why would you choose that? When you consider the advantages that comes from it, you won't even give that a second thought.

1. Structure: With school comes structure and with structure comes focus. That's why we have different stages to suit the child as he or she grows. At the university level, there are faculties and departments that help to guide a child in the direction he/she has chosen as a career path. Thus, the student will focus on a particular aspect of learning. When I was in the university studying fisheries, I did some compulsory borrowed courses from other departments like computer science. I took Pascal programming. While you're focussed on a particular subject, you get a glimpse of what happens in other fields. That way you may have learnt something new which you wouldn't have if you weren't in school. l never loved programming but I was compelled to learn it for the certificate sake.

2. Peer influence: peer influence has a way of influencing our lives positively or negatively. You see, some children only begin to do well when they begin interacting with other kids who maybe better off than them in one subject area or the other. They are challenged to want to do better. There's a way the school structure compels you to want to try new things, learn and grow. Things that you would otherwise not have been able to learn at home. There's so much you can learn by interacting with other people. You can learn from their experiences as they share their story and school affords you that opportunity.

3. Certificate. We are living in days where certificate doesn't really count because anyone could buy a certificate if you know your way. People and organizations have become more concerned about what value you can bring, what added skills besides certificate you can present as an added advantage. They are more interested in how far you can take their organization outside what your certificate reads. They want to know how hiring you will impart on their organization whether positively or negatively. They want yo know whether you're worth the risk. Whether or not they would become stunted In growth. They only want to know all of the above only after they've seen your certificate. That's one thing school can give you, a recognized and approved certificate. What plans do you have to help the child get that certificate? I'm sure you're not thinking about buying your way.

4. Discovery: I understand that a lot of people have found a living not on the career path they choose in school. Somewhere along the line, they discovered what they knew how to do best and what works for them. So you see, School is not a waste. Some of those discovery may have come as a result of interaction with other people within the school environment. School brings a connection with others. Some of those connections would be very useful in the future. Imagine you have a former class mate who is now a prime minister of a country or a CEO of a big organization. They may become a link to your next level. An opportunity for your kids too when they are of age and they need jobs.

5. Class. This is also very important. School gives you class. In the society we live in, it's very normal to see the world categorize people by their level of academic qualifications and background. People only relate with people who are in same class and level with them and those who are above them as they are aspiring to go higher. Everyone has a place I understand whether formally or informally trained. We all need each other but then the position the society places you is determined by your background most times.

Education is not complete when we can't apply what we've learnt when necessary. A formally educated person who still disposes dirt in public indiscriminately is not educated in that regards even though he or she went to school. The school may not teach people correct manners and table etiquette. That's where home training comes in. The school may not teach your children how to dress properly. That job is dedicated to the home structure. That's your role as a parent or guardian.

Again as a parent, you don't know it all. If your child chooses to be an engineer in the future, tell me how you intend to groom the child in that regard when you are a seamstress. If your daughter decides to become a model in the future, how much information do you have to train or guide the child in this respect? How do you help build a child's confidence when the greatest circle he's been is only five, comprising mum, dad and his two siblings? So when he is faced with a crowd as small as twenty, he's already fretting and praying the ground would just open and swallow him or he just disappears.

If you don't want your children to be schooled in a formal way, tell me, do you plan to also give them a job in the future? How do you plan to sustain them? How would they discover their abilities if not by participating In activities with peers and colleagues? How much time do you have on your hands? Grooming kids is a time consuming and herculean task and there are people who have been groomed for this task; teachers. Bringing up kids could be overwhelming. When kids go to school, you as parent would have time to focus on other things and recharge your energy. It's important for your sanity or you may lose it and fall into depression.

You actually can teach your kids important life skills. How to become responsible adults, how to appreciate others, how to be kind, importance of sharing and lot more. You can discipline them to have staying power by giving them tasks and ensuring they finish it up. You can reach them the importance of rewards by rewarding their efforts with commendation and gifts. But let them go to school and learn other things that are not within your curriculum as parents. I really do hope it's helps re-shapen your mind.


School is needed in the education of Children even when the parents are definitely teachers, however the school offers formal education, I also think the school also offers coignitive behavioural education as well, as well as education on the pattern of speech, the method of socially relating to people in the a gathering of people as well, all these can taught unknowingly from kindergarten or creche level of school, till university level as well.

The truth is there are also school where parents take their children where morals and psychology are being taught to children as well.

I think most of the lessons that will be taught to children are now inorganically taught to children at a school as well so I think no matter the kind of education we can give to our children, I think they will still need a normal school.

Of course home schooling is not that bad, it will afford parents the chances of further imbibing into their children the right moral, the right values that's right for personal and societal purpose this is definitely the only thing that we can offer that a school can't, however kids will still need a proper school.


For me, its best to start teaching our children with moral values, the right attitude, and discipline. All these things are very important into developing the child's character. If parents succeed in teaching these principles, then children are best taught without even needing to go in school.

Self-learning can be done at home. In fact, there are a lot of children that are well educated even though they have not attended school. The parents just developed the right attitude as I mentioned on the above thoughts.

Those things are better important for child into fostering one's growth.


By homeschooling them. They are still required to follow the national curriculum and take a number of required tests. But whoever homeschools them, usually one or both parents, is at a liberty to decide the teaching methods themselves. Sometimes homeschooling is done in co-operation with other homeschooling parents. 


You can work around any work rotas/shifts (although home education only works if one parent isn’t in full-time employment so there is a financial implication). You can go on holiday when you want – no massive hike in expense when school holidays come round – and extend holidays at whim. You never have to count down (with glee or dread) thinking “X more days until the summer holidays are over”, as I am doing now.

No school runs

Can I just repeat that? No school runs. This means bedtimes and get-up times to suit and, more crucially, at a more adolescent-friendly time for teenagers whose biological clocks shift at the start of puberty.

Child-led learning

This is probably the main reason home education is so different from school. We all learn more effectively, and it’s more fun, if we can learn about the stuff we like. You can also go at the child’s pace, rather than the child having to go at the class’s pace.

Write your own timetable

You don’t need to follow the national curriculum if you don’t want to. You definitely don’t need to follow a school day. This means you can be led by your child, which means more efficient learning. If your child is particularly interested in something after seeing a film or reading a book, you can learn about that, which will lead into lots of other things. If your child is more receptive from 3pm to 6pm, that’s when you can target lessons.

You will need to follow the curriculum if you intend to put your child in for GCSEs or A-levels (you can apply privately to sit them). But that also means your children haven’t sat lots of other largely pointless exams by the age of 15.

Benefits of one to one

Because one-to-one teaching (or one to two or three if you have more than one child) is so effective, you can pack a lot in. Some home schoolers say they get a day’s worth of learning in within two hours. The rest of the time you can do what you want.


Children are far less afraid to ask a parent about anything they don’t understand, than putting a hand up in front of a whole classroom. Be aware though, that if your children are of vastly different ages, this can be a challenge.

Boosts confidence

If your child really struggles with certain subjects, if they have “uneven skills” as one home-schooling parent put it, but excels at others, you can structure their learning accordingly, which helps to boost their confidence.

Best of both worlds

If you start off with home education, you can, as lots of parents do, return your child into the school system later on. Some parents feel that children start school too young so they home educate until high school level and then send their children to school. You can also flex-school (which is part-time schooling and home education) – but this is up to the discretion of the headteacher, so ask.

Legal niceties

There is no legal imperative to send your child to school in this country, but you do need to provide an education for your child. You can home educate from the start, but if you decide to do it later on, once they have been at school, you must write to the headteacher to de-register them (the school does not need to approve your taking them out to home educate). It is then up to the school to notify the relevant local authority. Education authorities may get involved to a greater or lesser degree. Some are supportive and helpful, others less so.

Support network

The social aspect of home education is often mentioned but you can join local groups where you meet other families who are in the same situation. In some areas, this works really well, with parents sharing skills to teach children. Home education groups can provide more information and there are also groups on Facebook.

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Wow, this is really an intriguing question I must say.

As we all know education is very important in our life today and plays alot of role in the development of our children and their future no doubt.

And also one of the major way we can educate our children is through the school system where they have to go to school from a child to adult to learn how to become somebody in the future and it's in school most of this kids discover their potential quickly and start developing themselves in their area of talent and gifting.

I think it will be almost impossible to educate your children in the 21st century without going through school,it's going to be difficult for any kid that doesn't have any Basic and formal education to cope in our present society right now.

Even if you say you don't want them to go to public school that you want to employ private teachers for them,its still like going to school but the truth is that they must be taught by professionals no doubt.

So finally I will say it's not possible to educate your children without them going to school or having any training.


I just answered a question about school and I can tell you once again school is necessary!

If you live in a remote area and you have little or no possibility to send your kids to school, then homeschooling is a good option but otherwise it is not!

School can be more than a place to study. Kids have the opportunity to socialize, to share, to learn to adapt to different situation, to learn to help each other, not to mention contest, challenges and sport activities.


You're making great inquiries!

I will concede that before I self-taught my girl I envisioned that by making the correct condition I could sustain her into MIT. I accepted that anybody could be sustained into a researcher or specialist. Being one myself, that appeared well and good! It doesn't mind the way that my sister had experienced childhood in a similar situation and turned into a secretary. It's difficult to be objective about what you need to be valid! ;- )

Luckily my little girl indicated me I wasn't right. Considerably more luckily I tuned in. Sustain is imperative. In any case, support that is counter to nature is trim and weight, which is the thing that occurs in school.

At age one little children appear to be prepared to retain whatever you put before them. It appears on the off chance that you could simply locate the correct methodology, they could turn out to be especially skilled.

Actually that is only an impact of everything being new to little children. To them it's everything possibly energizing! As they investigate, they find what lights a fire for their very own one of a kind natures and what isn't too intriguing to them.

Read to him. Take him places. Focus on what he's attracted to. Regardless of whether it doesn't appear to be especially learningful. (My girl consumed a lot of scientific thinking from playing computer games.)

Tune in to his thoughts and perspective. Talk a little and listen more. Become more acquainted with who your child is. The better you know him, the less demanding it will be to bolster his identity. On the off chance that you make the earth where he can sustain his interests, at that point you don't have to stress over compelling excessively on him. Also, on the off chance that he has an architect - or essayist or metal forger or performer - in him, he'll have the capacity to pull in what he needs to investigate that.


Parents must agree with each other on the direction and mode of their children's education: Find out the nature of your child's personality and aptitudes and how to use appropriate methods to help them achieve their goals. Conciliation:

"The family is a school of human development, but in order for families to live their lives fully and fulfill their mission, they need to know how to reconcile their souls. need to collaborate in educating children [7] ".

In addition to concentrating on one another, parents must collaborate with other educators, especially teachers and catechists.