On Compost, Quarantine Homeschooling, and Home Education

On digging rich earth from the bottom of the compost heap the other day, I couldn’t help but think about education. I’d been working on my compost for a long time and now, at last, when the children wanted to plant vegetables, it was ready to do some good. The work I had put in all those many months ago was now yielding its benefits.

The difficulty many families have faced in recent weeks is that they had no time to prepare for the lockdown, no time to prepare their compost. Educating children at home has been like trying to manure the garden with food waste that has only just been dropped onto the compost heap. So, for anyone thinking about home education, I’d say don’t compare it with quarantine homeschooling. The two are quite different things. Instead, start the preparation work and get ready to garden next year.

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