Fran came across a story on Newsround about a boy who had left school at 11 and who was now running a business at the age of 16. Newsround didn’t say “home educated” but i suggested perhaps he was (she took some persuading!) and we Googled to find more about him and discovered his story on the Chokolit website.
This, the googling, reminded me of a conversation that occurred the other day. Fran asked some convoluted question and i said i didn’t know but that we could google for it (has ‘to google’ become a verb officially yet?) Fran, derisively (she’s reaching that age) said “You can’t ask Google questions!!!!!!” to which Maddy pointed out mildly that in fact you can and that we once asked Google “do Bananas have seeds?” and got a reply.
I asked her if she could remember the answer we found and she said “No, but i remember how i found it out, so i could find out other things too.”
And that, to me, is the point of home educating.