Thursday, September 12, 2013
Why I Started A Small School
A nurturing, human scale approach to education and parenting
By Rosalyn Spencer
Published by Matador, March 2013
This is a slim yet important book which documents the story of one family's move away from the state education system in Britain in favour of setting up a small school which aimed to cater for the actual needs of the children it served, not merely serving the needs of the educational system and the staff.
Rosalyn Spencer was horrified when her son started to struggle at school, especially with reading; her instinct and her own background in education and childcare convinced her that her son was dyslexic but this was pooh-poohed by the school and the education system, causing her son to fall further and further behind. Taking her courage in both hands and with the full support of her family and friends as well as the Human Scale Education group, she set up her own small school and watched the children attending it thrive and succeed in life.
An enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading the second book in due course.