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Bombarded by politicians and the teaching profession alleging that school is the only place to learn, being a home educator is to be an educational heretic and to argue that parents can educate their child without school is to be a radical. This ignores the long tradition of informal, democratic and autonomous educational foundations of home education.

Collection 1

Home Education Foundations collection.

9 books, normally £53.91 for just £19.99, including UK postage - an amazing 63% off.
Home educators' styles of education didn’t appear out of thin air, they are based on ideas developed by educators going back more than a century. This informative collection will help you develop and clarify your own day to day provision.
Besides being fascinating, these books will give you the tools you need to explain what it is you do and why, should you ever be required to do so.
Alice Miller – The unkind society by Chris Shute: Alice miller; psychologist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher, noted for her books on parental child abuse, aimed to help parents avoid ‘poisonous parenting’, perpetuate through the generations. She ultimately rejected Psychoanalysis.
AS Neill - Bringing happiness to some few children by Bryn Purdy: AS Neill was an advocate of democratic education who created Summerhill School, which is still open today. Purdy, a teacher at Summerhill, wrote this book based on conversations with Neil. He discusses Neill’s influences, thinking and quotes. Neill's motivation was to bring love into the lives of children who had been defined as a ‘problem’.

Bertrand Russell – Education as the power of independent thought by Chris Shute: Russell, himself home educated, believed that the purpose of education should be the development of imagination rather than the instilling of beliefs. He made a failed attempt to create a school, later saying that he had “overestimated the amount of time children need to be in the company of other children.” Noting that had he been to school he would have “had no time for original thought.”

Charlotte Mason – A pioneer of sane education by Marian Wallace Ney: Born in Wales, Charlotte Mason influential in the USA, is not well known in the UK. A Teacher who later trained teachers, developed many of the ideas that others became famous for including Piage. She founded the Parents' National Educational Union which, 100 years ago, supported home educators and devised strategies still used today.

Edmond Holmes – The tragedy of Education by Chris Shute: Edmond Holmes, was Senior Chief Inspector of schools in 1905 during which time he supervised the first National Curriculum. He asked "do we really want to educate children today in the same way that those who have produced the world we now live in were educated?"

John Holt – Personalised Learning instead of uninvited teaching: John Holt, a teacher trainer and harvard lecturer, found formal education inefficient. He abandoned curricula, grading and compulsory schooling and supported, home-based learning. His ideas are pivotal to many families in today’s home education movement.

Joy Baker – Trailblazer for Home-based education and personalised learning by Chris Shute: It was the legendary Joy Baker who, during the 1950s, established the right to home educate. She recorded her harrowing epic ten year, campaign against her local authority in her book Children in Chancery (out of print). This work reviews that struggle. Her thoughts on education were later echoed by many major academics and practitioners such as, John Holt and Roland Meighan. If the home education community has heroes, Joy baker is high among them.

Margaret McMillan by Viv Moriarty: In the midst of the industrial revolution, in poverty ridden Deptford, south east London, Margret and her sister, Rachel, were heavily influenced by the modern psychological sciences of the day. Margaret, a Christian socialist, was influenced by friends such as the anarchist Prince Kropotkin, the Landsburys, Margaret Llewelyn Davies, (general secretary of the cooperative women’s guild), the Countess of Warwick, Keir Hardy, Steiner, William Morris, Bernard Shaw and many, many others. Margaret argued that schools should offer a broad and humane education instead of preparing children for unskilled, monotonous jobs.

Robert Owen – Schooling the Innocents by John Siraj-Blatchford: Best known for founding the cooperative movement, aimed to improve the environment and opportunities available to young people. He rejected genetic determinism and believed young people could improve their lives if their true potential was developed, regardless of the poverty in which they were born.

Collection 2

Autonomous Education Collection

10 books, normally £59.90 for just £19.99, including UK postage - an amazing 67% off.
Not only a collection of academic ideas, but practical real-world examples of families and people on the front line of home education. This collection offers an insight to how home education works day to day, how if effects children as well as families and even a glimpse into the lives of adults who were themselves home educated. An invaluable resource.
an excellent way to understand how families face the issues of home education and the thinking that underpins much of it.
Compulsory Schooling Disease – how children absorb fascist values, by Chris Shute: demonstrates how compulsory schooling, with imposed discipline, damages the mental health and social development of children, and is the cause of many social problems which it claims to cure. This book is based on the accumulated experience of a teacher. Shute hopes that it will be possible for children to use schools as places where those who need help with their studies can go and receive it. Shute challenges us to consider whether schools enslave the minds of children rather than set them free.

Doing it their Way & With Consent - 2 book collection, by Jan Fortune-Wood: Important pair of books which largely fuelled the growth of autonomous education and parenting in the UK from the turn of our current century (2000). Doing it their way, reviews the origins of the idea, examines the issues, of socialisation and the effects on family life. With Consent, examines the theory and practice of autonomous education and the destructive nature of coercion. In particular it looks at “common preference finding” and taking children seriously.

The Freethinkers Guide to the Educational Universe, Edited by Professor Roland Meighan: A hardback copy of a collection of quotations from the world’s most important contributors to thought on autonomous learning. Short, pithy and thought provoking. (large Print) edited by the founder of Educational Heretics Press, Professor Roland Meighan.

The Holistic Educators, by Cara Martin: Asked how they feel about schooling, children have a single answer: "boring!" This must surely prompt us to ask why so many intelligent, cheerful, well-balanced children and young people have the same opinion.  The answer, it is suggested, lies in the outdated mental model of the world to which many adults still hold, but which, under the influence of developments in modern science and technology, is being rapidly superseded.

Learning from Home Based Education Edited by Professor Roland Meighan: Schools and the education system generally, takes the view that Home-based educating families should learn how to ‘do it’ from the 'professionals.' This collection of writings illustrates that schools have far more to learn from flexible, home educating families than vice versa.

Natural Learning and the Natural Curriculum by Professor Roland Meighan: written as an article in the Natural Parent magazine. Children are natural learners who explore and research the world around them. Roland held that this process was hindered by adult intervention. He argues that schools impositional model causes harm and creates obedient adults, damping down their natural, creativity.

Personalised Learning – taking choice seriously, edited by Mark Webster: Personalised learning is an idea which puts the learner in the driving seat challenging shallowness of learners as mere receivers of facts as promoted within the present education system. This book proposes a different approach where learners themselves make informed choices and addresses issues of key importance to all learners and educators.

Those Unschooled Minds – home educated children grow up, by Julie Webb: This truly legendary book massively influence on the home education movement. Having interviewed many children in their teens, she interviewed a number of home-educated people in their twenties and thirties to discover how their lives were progressing and hear their reflections on the process of home education. It sheds light on the growth of a movement with revolutionary implications for educational thinking particularly the ‘one size fits all’ approach and offers a new way forward, promoting the abilities and interests of the individual, deepening and expanding as the child matures.

When Learning becomes your Enemy, by Dr Clive Erricker: believes that for every academically successful child you create another who is unsuccessful, and less able to compete in relation to employment opportunities. His book looks at the nature of democracy and how it relates to the education of our children.

Collection 3

Changing Ideas Collection

8 books, normally £47.92 for just £17.99, including UK postage - an amazing 62.5% off.
This collection is a broader look at how innovative thinking about children's education impacts on society at large and bursts the myth that there is no alternative to how schools 'do' education.
The Caring Classroom: Towards a learning environment by Henry Pluckrose. Aimed at the teaching profession, this book advocates for a classroom that promotes freedom within a structured environment enabling children to develop their own interests and learning skills.
Children for Social Change by Anthony Swift. looks at how 'street educators' work with outcast children in Brazil and how we here in the UK could learn from this grassroots social movement.
Issues in Green Education Edited by Damian Randle. Looks at the development of 'Green' education and what it has to learn from it's preceding 'Red' education. This book does not seek to give answers but rather to raise questions about direction looking at issues such as meditation and environmental education.
Learning Unlimited: Home Based Education Case Files by Roland Meighan. taken from Roland's extensive collection of case studies he looks at families experience of home education, including reflections of the children themselves having moved beyond their time as home learners.
Participation, power-sharing and School Improvement by Bernard Trafford. Is a study of a school which developed a participatory, democratic approach for teachers, students and parents which led to boosting effectiveness, cooperation, and a decrease in bullying and racism leading to an overall improvement in self confidence, self-esteem and academic performance.
Rules Routines and Regimentation: young children reporting on their schooling by Ann Sherman. this might be regarded as a sister book to Learning Unlimited. Rules, Routines and Regimentation, gives a voice to young people and their experience of school including their day to day experience and their reflections on it's structure and how this might limit what they learn there.
Small Schools and Democratic Practice by Clive Harber. examines the issue of school size in relation to a democratic ideology of education and why democratic education may be problematic in a larger school
Teaching Tomorrow by John Adcock. This is a radical book proposing that school based learning could be replaced by Home-based education backed up by local tutors and, where necessary, resources. Something that has, to some extent, begun during lock down during the 2020-21 pandemic leading many thousands of parents to deregister their children from school.



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