Fact from fiction: what real home schooling is all about


Fact from fiction: what real home schooling is all about

Being a makeshift teacher during lockdown prompted me to find out the reality of home schooling

Adele Shevel

There’s been a glut of memes about SA parents’ foray into “teaching” their housebound children. Many are tinged with hysteria. “It may take a village to raise a child, but I swear it’s gonna take a vineyard to homeschool one” was one of a number featuring alcohol in the equation.

With the Covid-19 lockdown, parents (mainly moms) were jolted into the reality of taking on their children’s education. For some this has been a joy, or at least a chance to get insight into their learning. Others have been counting the days until their children can return to school.

The fact is, though, that what most parents have been doing over the past three months isn’t home schooling. Rather, it’s been supporting their children’s learning from home. By and large, schools have continued to take responsibility for creating and providing the curriculum. What we’ve been faced with during the pandemic is more like “emergency remote learning on an online platform”...

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