Many parents don’t believe they have a choice in the type of education their child will experience. Some parents believe that the only choice is the school district where they reside or are assigned. Actually, you do have a choice as a parent as to the education your child will experience.

According to author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson, these are some of the options available to all parents.

“You can enroll your child at the local school and leave the school to it.

You can become active in your child’s education by building relationships with his or her teachers and through the support you provide at home.

You can become more involved in the general life of the school.

You can influence school policymaking through the local school board.

You can campaign for change with other parents.

You can look at another school.

You can homeschool or unschool your child.”


This list is just a few ideas mentioned in Sir Ken Robinson’s new book, You, Your Child and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education. Ken Robinson, has one of the most popular TED Talks: “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”  that has been viewed over 14 million times.  This post is an overview of the themes his book covers. Each theme highlights and expands in a series of my future blog posts and live talks. In just in the first few chapters of the book, it was exciting to read Robinson’s ideas about education and how parents have choices in the educational experience of their children.


Many of the questions he addresses in his book are questions that parents and teens have posed to me before participating in the Wildewood Learning program. “Do I have a choice in the school my child attends and how am I to select the best one for him or her?” “What is online school and how would it work for my child?” “I am a home educator and I have purchased the curriculum, but how do I get my children to be engaged in the worksheets?” “How can my teen be motivated to do better in courses?” “What choices does my teen have after graduating from high school?”


Robinson suggests five themes to consider as a parent when providing the best education for your child:

Your role as a parent in your child’s education

The developmental stage of your child

Recognizing the talents, interests, and character of your child

Acknowledging your child’s need for a different type of education in our ever-changing world

Ideas parents can act on to provide the changes needed in the child’s education.


In the upcoming “Coffee with Kathy” talks on Wildewood Learning Facebook page and in blog posts, the five points will be referenced. If you are looking for suggestions on how to address each of these themes in your child’s education, sign up to receive updates on “Coffee with Kathy” talks and blog posts to your email address. Just click here to join!


The Wildewood Learning program has assisted teens (and parents) to discover the education that helps young people thrive. When parents understand their role in their teen’s education, a shift can occur to empower both parent and teen. Join me in this series that assists parents in navigating the best education for their teens!



Resource: Robinson, Ken. You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education

Kathy Magnusson M.Ed.

Kathy Magnusson, M. Ed, support parents in creating educational options for their teen. She has been in the field of education for over 20 years and is passionate in engaging young adults in unleashing their unique brilliance. As an educator and coach, Kathy has supported parents in finding ways to help their teen feel more capable and confident. When she’s not chasing after her own four teens on a farm near Roseau, MN, you can find her serenely kayaking or relaxing with a good book at the family lake cabin in Ontario, Canada.


Mom Anna · July 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Thanks for the very relevant info. I must say it helped me a lot in better up bringing of my teen girl.

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