Sunday, 20 October 2013

Where's Mummy?


My wife, whose enthusiasm for home education has always been, I am sorry to say, a little muted, often remarked upon the absence of mothers in pictures of home educated prodigies. She felt that it indicated something about the nature of the sort of traditional home education which produced offspring capable of studying at Harvard  at the age of 6. We used to examine news cuttings, desperately trying to spot the mothers; a bit like 'Where's Wally?'. Here are a few examples:










The first of these is of course Arran Fernandez, the second Ruth Lawrence and   the third, Judith Polgar.  In each of these well known cases, you could look at a hundred pictures of these children without spotting their mummies! I don't know whether or not this says anything about the nature of highly structured home education. It is very true that my own wife is conspicuously absent from any newspaper articles, clips on Youtube and suchlike, dealing with my daughter and her education.

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  1. worn out Webb says "My wife, whose enthusiasm for home education has always been, I am sorry to say, a little muted, often remarked upon the absence of mothers in pictures of home educated prodigies."

    Their plenty of mothers with home educated kids who may be prodigies but the media prefer fathers as their are less of them it makes for a good news story.
    if a mother is filmed she is cut out of the film to make it look like its only the father doing all the home education my wife was filmed lots with Peter but none was shown in the 3rd film and she was only shown briefly in the other 2 films

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  2. I know Ruth Lawrence's father was respoonsible for her education. Ruth's mother was busy home educating Ruth's sister, Rebecca. The reason? Simply that Ruth shared her father's love of maths, logic, etc, and Rebecca was much more artistically and musically-minded just like the girls' mother.

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