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Okay... I am pregnant for the first time, and have been looking into the options for my child's education in years to come. (I know, I know... shouldn't be looking so far ahead and cross that bridge when you come to it and all that... I just wanna try to be more prepared when the time comes so that if plan A goes awry plan B is already in place).
I live in the United Kingdom and during my school career attended 6 schools. I also finished off in home-schooling.
I went to three different lower schools within the national curriculum, one I moved from because we were moving house, the other I moved from because I was suffering from severe bullying that a teacher saw was being encouraged by another child's parent, and the last (which I attended for 6 months and had perhaps the most positive impact upon my education) I graduated from.
I then went to a middle school, and after that my mother found an opportunity for me to attend a private christian school. I was christian at the time, this was not a problem despite some really rather stupid rules and a girl who used to pick on me because my parents were divorced. The individual-based education system they used, without the christian message, was extremely effective and I caught up on 4 years of mathematics in one half-term.
I then went back into the national curriculum for a upper school and promptly had a nervous breakdown leading to clinical depression and did not finish my secondary education.
Although my mother home-schooled me quite well at home for the last year of my secondary education I left without any qualfications.
The national curriculum failed me, it failed my partner, it appears to be failing his sibilings... and it is only getting worse.
So I had always intended to home school. Now that I am going to become a parent for the first time, I'm having to deal with the expectations of my partner's family and I'm not sure what their attitude to home schooling will be, anyone have any ideas on how I can approach them with it in a positive light?
Does anyone have any idea on how I can plan ahead a little for how to start homeschooling my child? How large an emphasis should I put on the paganism aspect? Should it just be in the background? Should it not be involved at all (something we don't talk about for the sake of Christian family members)?
Am I planning too far ahead?