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How home schooling can challenge our beliefs about education

It is rewarding, exciting, scary and frustrating. It also forces us to confront the question, “what is education?”

By Philip Ball   September 2017

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This September my eldest daughter starts secondary school, a prospect that, like many parents, I regard with a mixture of excitement, pride and trepidation. But when she heads off, it will be a bigger change for my partner and I than for many others—because for the past two years we have been schooling her and her sister ourselves.

When I tell people that we have been home-educating my children, a common response is: “I could never do that!” It’s pitched somewhere between an awestruck, “I could never…

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