Although family education (FE) is becoming more and more popular, there are still many myths around it. Many teachers and parents of schoolchildren still believe that Family Education (FE) is for losers. For those who can’t. Conversely, many “families” believe that family education (FE) is for children who are motivated, serious, independent, academically oriented, “2 years a year”, etc.
But family education is just one of the forms of education. It is chosen for various reasons, sometimes with diametrically opposite goals. Therefore, part of the “family” really reaches considerable heights in learning, learning faster or more, or both together. And there are those who, thanks to CO gets the opportunity not to push the child at a common pace at the price of neurosis of their own and children’s, or not to build into the system of a child highly sensitive, with features. There are those who have chosen for themselves a sports or music career, and school attendance is not combined with daily multi-hour training and rehearsals. And some families prefer to lead a “nomadic” life, wintering in warm countries or moving there for an indefinite period of time, – this is very convenient for CRMs with remote certification. Someone preferred family education to school, based on religious or ideological convictions. Parents want their children to adopt family values, rather than what the school teaches directly or indirectly.
Since parents have the legal right to choose the form of education and the form of education for their child*, any reason for switching to CO is legitimate. There are no “more right” or “less right” reasons. Each family makes choices based on their child’s preferences and needs.
! It is important not to confuse family education with home schooling, where children with special needs are taught by visiting teachers. For education in the form of CO does not need medical reasons, it is enough the desire of parents and child.
For all the shortcomings of Russian lawmaking, with unclear, “blurred” language in the law on education, Russian legislation is nevertheless considered one of the most liberal when it comes to family education. We have a legally established right of choice and the opportunity to implement the very individual approach, which, for a number of reasons, cannot be provided by the school.
The number of families and the number of options for training “family members” varies. It all depends on your goals and possibilities.
What do you want to get out of it? Do you consider the knowledge that your child will receive in preparation for school certificates to be sufficient? Or maybe they have nothing to do with the education that you would like your child to have?
Do the A’s matter to you? Or is CRM for you a maximum of your child’s free development and forced compliance with the requirements of the Federal State Educational Standards (FSES) (and therefore “three” is enough)?
Do you prefer structure and systematic classes, or are you close to an approach where it is important to create an educational environment and the child will take whatever he or she can carry? These are extreme homeschooling options, but there are many in-between!
Decide on your goals, and then answer yourself the next questions. How much time are you willing to devote to educating your child? Can you do this on your own? Does your child have the skill to study on their own? If the family does not solve the learning issue, is there a financial option to hire tutors (face-to-face or via Skype) or pay for an alternative school? Or maybe you want to cooperate with like-minded people and create your own family school? Or do you want to join an existing school?
Unfortunately, none of these questions have the right answer. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions to teaching questions, simply because all children are different, all people are different. And the opportunity to take into account the unique characteristics of our children is the most important advantage of family education. So it makes sense to read and listen to other families, to try on themselves, to try and leave something that works well in your case.