As yet more home education success stories come through, critics search to find something to say. Alan Smithers tries hard:
"Living our lives is a deeply mysterious business," he says. "The curriculum opens up a number of ways we can understand it: history, science, art, maths. It's very important that we give all young people the opportunity to engage with all subjects, whether they immediately occur to them or their parents or not. Schools have developed ways of condensing canons of literature, for example, and introducing it in sequence to children."
On the contrary, school can easily confuse when it comes to unravelling the mystery of living. Quite apart from the fact that it removes children from the rest of the world, dumps them with people they didn't chose to mix with, all of whom are their own age, doesn't allow them to play to their strengths or to focus on their interests and removes the acquisition of knowledge from the actual stuff of life, some of the lessons and their moral underpinnings are frankly garbled. Last night on the Channel 4 programme "The Genius of Darwin", Richard Dawkins probed some science teachers about their approach to truth-seeking. The results were woeful. A more rigorous approach to truth-seeking is certainly one of the many reasons why we choose to home educate.
Oh yes...and the Brookes family are fab.