Stacey Solomon has recently opened up about her decision to home-school her two children.
We all just want the best for our children. Whatever that may be. Some children work well with strict routine while some children work better with a looser schedule.
has recently opened up about her decision to home-school her two children.
She felt the education system was not working for them, so she took them out of their school
and started home-schooling. She made the controversial decision to take Zachary, 10, and Leighton, five, out of school after noticing their personality change.
In my opinion, this is a mum who listened to the needs of her children and acted in direct relation to that.
For some children, the general education curriculum does not work for them. For children with a more creative mind, a structured curriculum may not help that particular child excel the way they could if they were in a different environment.
explained she had nothing against hard working teachers, more that underpaid teachers have too much on their plate in the first place. She also acknowledged the privileged position she's in that allows her to make such a decision.
All we can is the best for our child with the information and means we have available to us at the time. I think Stacey did just this and who are we to judge what she did for her family. But others do not agree.
The subject came up on ‘Loose Women’ and a debate about home-schooling became very heated with Stacey and Janet Street-Porter who became embroiled in a tense row live on air.
Janet blasted 'Me Too' parents and said that home-schooled children lived in a "pampered and enclosed world".
"What the government are trying to do is to have some sort of control over quality," Janet said. "Because for every parent who might be doing the best for their child there might be parents who, as you say, haven't got their children's interests at heart.
"Oftsted's already worried about the incredible growing number of schools which are entirely outside the system which are basically illegal.
"And some parents might be sending their children to these illegal schools but telling the council and telling the local authority 'I'm home educating my child'."
Stacey conceded that this was "a problem" but added: "There are 500 schools that have been rated either inadequate or needing improvement from every Ofsted inspection from 2005 until 2018 that could affect as many as 500,000 pupils."
Janet pointed out that only a small pool of parents could afford to home-school their children.
"Taking your child outside of school is an economic choice that only some people can afford," Janet said. "People might find that their children are at failing schools but they can't afford to home educate them.
Janet continued, "I personally do not agree with home-schooling at all unless your children have special needs and special requirements because I do not think you're equipping your children to deal with things in life like people you don't get on with and other kids who might bully you.
"You've got to teach your kids to deal with resilience and resilience is part of growing up.
"I think that children who are home-schooled are living in a pampered, enclosed world."
However, Stacey later insisted: "They're not being sheltered from the world - to have one single education for every child can be seen to be sheltering."
When asked whether she would consider putting her sons into secondary school, Stacey confirmed that she was.
What do YOU think? Do you think home-schooling is the best option for some children or do you agree with Janet and think this is sheltering them from the world? Let us know in the comments below!
Laura Doyle, Mum of 4. Kyle 9, Noa Belle 4, Briar 2 and Milla 12 months. Breastfeeder, co-sleeper, coffee drinker. Staying positive and inspired by the chaos of it all. Follow her on Instagram.