My name is Asim.
I am a technopreneur. Former physicist, I was an investment banker in London for several years, and moved to Malaysia a decade ago to become an entrepreneur.
At university I met my wife, Isabelle. She graduated in classics, trained to become a lawyer, but then became a Chartered Accountant, then tax consultant, then a designer of some incredible villas (she’s incredibly intelligent!).
We have 3 kids, Maryam (born 2004), Danyal (2006) and Sabeen (2008).
Until late 2013 our kids had a pretty normal school education, just like their parents. In fact, if you told me up until mid-2013 that you home schooled your kids I would have thought you were nuts.
But by late 2013, I had convinced Isabelle and the kids that we should give home schooling a try. They all agreed and since then we haven’t looked back.
Today the kids have become fluent to conversant in 5 languages and they are getting there in a 6th. Maryam has achieved five A*s in her IGCSE’s (UK exams for 16 year olds), and an A and B in her A-levels (UK exams for 18 year olds) – she’s 12! And Danyal three A*s in his IGCSE’s and a B in an A-level – he’s 10!
Danyal, who is the only one that really enjoys sport, plays football and squash at a high level, and is one of the fastest 10 year olds over 5km in Malaysia, and the girls are top notch climbers. All are currently learning to code their own app. And the kids are happy, have many friends, are confident and sociable.
Initially, I taught the kids maths and physics, Isabelle taught French and English, and tutors taught the rest over Skype or by coming in. Now all the kids are doing their A-level Maths & Further Maths with a bit of help from me, with Skype tutors doing the languages.
My home school journey has led me to believe that the modern education system, that I experienced the very best of, is completely messed up – so messed up that I no longer insist my kids go to university. When they finish their A-levels, which isn’t going to take long, I’ll let them do whatever they’re passionate about – business, coding, sport, blogging, whatever. If they passionately want to become something where a degree is required – e.g. a doctor, lawyer, investment banker – then yes, university it is.
In this blog I explain why I decided to home school my kids, the journey so far, why I think modern education needs reform.