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  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Nezert Books; 2nd Edition edition (30 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952270579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952270577
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unqualified Education is the UK's first comprehensive guide to secondary education in the home, and offers practical solutions to many of the difficulties experienced by young people between the ages of eleven and eighteen: it provides a means to make education rewarding and self-fulfilling; it offers a practical alternative to an education based on examinations and qualifications; and it demonstrates how the home offers the perfect environment for combining traditional educational values with the demands of modern life and modern technology.

About the Author

Gareth Lewis is an experienced teacher who, with his wife Lin, has taught his own children at home for the past twelve years. He is a recognised expert in the field of home education.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Paine, www.beverleypaine.com on 28 Dec. 2003
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Beautifully illustrated by Bethan, Wendy and Samuel Lewis, Unqualified Education continues in a similar friendly, down-to-earth, and approachable style to One-to-One: A Practical Guide to Learning at Home, Age 0-11 (watch out for the review and excerpt in the next issue).
Unqualified Education is both a parent's guide to home education with an emphasis on self-directed, self-motivated and enthusiastic learning, and a mini-text book, complete with lesson plans, reminiscent of the excellent Waldorf Oak Meadow curriculum books.
Gareth covers every subject and offers useful teaching advice, helpful hints, lesson guides, practical information, and clear guidelines that will enrich the learning experience. The fantastic black and white line drawings are delightful and will encourage children to use this book.
Ideas and information for studies in Literature, History, Geography, Languages, Science, Technology, Music, Mathematics, Art and Craft can be used as a springboard to further explorations, with Cooking and Gardening covered in two separate chapters. Gareth peppers the text with sensible home educating advice and tips, a devotes a final chapter to practical matters such as Timetables, Curriculum, Qualifications, Work and Employment. Unlike many home education books which list specific resources, the chapter Educational Resources covers the basics, such as the Internet, television, libraries, etc, and how they can be used to enhance your learning program.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 May 2005
This book wasn't quite what I had been expecting. I'd picked it up hoping to read about peoples experiences with trying to arrange exams whilst still educating children at home. Perhaps I should have read the title properly! This book gives a good argument against taking any exams at all and makes you question why they are seen as so important.
I enjoyed this book and, whilst I didn't agree with it all, it certainly opened my eyes to new possibilities and helped me think 'out of the box' regarding qualifications.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonia R. on 19 Jun. 2014
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I loved "One to One: A Practical Guide to Learning at Home Age 0-11" -- it was a genuinely useful resource with loads of practical ideas to make home education fun and varied -- and I was hoping to have a similar experience with this book. Sadly not: whilst there are a few fun bits and pieces (the cookery section is good, but not worth buying the book for) most of this is opinion masquerading as fact in areas of politics, history and religion. It reads a bit like something cribbed from the Guardian's PassNotes, but more biased and less accurate. The literature section is sloppy as well and simply states the obvious. With the ubiquity of the Internet, any "practical guide" to home educating has to have something unique to offer either in terms of quality or approach. This book has neither and it's frankly depressing to think that anyone might use it as a "guide to home education". Unsurprisingly, our copy was returned for refund.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanie on 11 Mar. 2012
I am considering home education for my autistic son and have been reading as many books as I can on the subject. This is different to most of the other books, it is as it says in the title a practical guide, with lots of ideas for the home educator to try at home. Whether or not I decide to home educate, there are some great ideas to try with my son. I would have rated it 5 stars had it not been for the glaringly obvious error on page 45 regarding Pride and Prejudice - my favourite book "witty tale of Elizabeth Bennet and her five sisters......all six girls must make good matches" Elizabeth had four sisters! I do now wonder if there are other errors.
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