These are some of my favourite resources on the topics, that have helped me to base my decision to undertake this task, retain my sanity, realise that education isn't as cut and dried as I think we're led to believe it is and that the state, sadly, doesn't have it all figured out.
Changing Education Paradigms by Ken Robinson had to be one of my first aha moments.
Having never heard of the name Ken Robinson prior to home ed I discovered he is an expert in creativity and a big advocate of change in schools to better reflect the current needs of society and in particular the development and creativity of children.
I watched the video with interest and it is one of those talks that just starts to click things into place, from discussing why schools were created to why they are now failing today's children.
The clever illustrations by RSA Animate really helped to map out the info (I am not one for taking a long time to digest something I like things communicated clearly, easily and succinctly otherwise there's no chance I'll digest anything- probably why I didn't do great in exams!)
So here's the video link. Many home edders rave about it and quite rightly so, if you've ever pondered the education system and felt that it's not quite right somehow then this video is for you!
A superb read.
I'm still working my way through the book as it hasn't been as quick a read for me as some of the others, but the content is still rich, interesting, inspiring and has helped me organise my thoughts on what education is.
The platform itself is very easy to access and they use mixture of media to present the content so there are pieces to read, videos to watch, audio and discussions to join in with which all create a very rich environment in which to learn the topic. I really enjoyed doing this one and would definitely recommend it as a good introduction.