Australian Homeschool Stories

Daniel - Mornington Peninsula, VIC / Bunurong Country

July 03, 2023 Australian Homeschool Stories Season 1 Episode 12
Australian Homeschool Stories
Daniel - Mornington Peninsula, VIC / Bunurong Country
Show Notes

Rounding out the first season of Australian Homeschool Stories is my partner in life, homeschooling and podcasting, Daniel. Together we are raising our two wildlings, aged 5 and 2, amidst the natural splendours of the Mornington Peninsula. 


  • Dan recalls his journey through public, international and private schooling and how gaining early acceptance into his preferred tertiary course meant year 12 was a write off and his ENTER score proved irrelevant a second time when he returned to university as a mature aged student later in life
  • Music is his greatest passion but he became burnt out by the industry in his twenties, only to rediscover his love for it after becoming a parent and seeing the joy music brought to our children
  • Reflecting back on how this podcast came about and how we have combined our talents to make it possible
  • Dan’s initial reaction to my want to homeschool, in contrast to having placed our daughter on two private high school waiting lists from birth
  • His de-schooling process was a long, slow journey which he believes largely stems from his own school baggage
  • How homeschool naturally aligned with our family values, and felt like the final piece of the puzzle in achieving the home based lifestyle we were seeking
  • Creativity is what we want to instil in our children and carve out time for
  • Curiosity is the foundation of all knowledge, the bedrock for a lifetime of learning
  • Dan is completely self taught as a musician and this gives him immense confidence that homeschooling is the right path to pursue
  • Retrospectively imagining if you took school out of the picture for kids that it didn’t serve
  • Dan’s advice to skeptical parents - be open minded, take your time, everyone has the same concerns 

Peter Gray - Free to Learn
John Taylor Gatto - Dumbing us Down
Stark Raving Dad 

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This podcast is recorded on the land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin nation. I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. This always was, always will be aboriginal land.

Original music - Hazel by Daniel Garrood @garroodcomposer
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