Katie Pybus appeared on the ITV breakfast programme to defend her unorthodox method of educating children, saying that they could learn at their own pace.
However, people watching at home were angered by the mother-of-three’s schooling techniques and lashed out at her on social media.
“I home educated my son for 6 mths due to issues at school it's not all like this deluded woman! You get support from the LA #thismorning,” posted one person.
Another tweeted: “#ThisMorning genuinely feel sorry for those kids. They are going to be so socially awkward because their lives have been lived through a pc.”
A third added: “Social services need to get onto her, gaming all day and no school isn't healthy #thismorning.”
But it was not all negative, some audience members expressed their support of Katie and home educating.
“I know for sure if I had kids I would educate them myself #alternativelearning #homeeducators #katiepybus #thismorning,” wrote one Twitter user.
While a second said: “As a Mum who home educated 2 of my 4 kids I thought the mum on #thismorning gave a bloody good argument!”
This Morning viewers blast a mother home educating her children
This Morning viewers blast a mother home educating her children with video games
People confused the socialisation issue and school. At school teachers always used to say, ‘you’re not here to socialise’
“You can learn a lot off games plus you can get educational games 🙂 xx #ThisMorning,” added another.
She revealed the children had had sessions playing Super Mario and hosted a Japan evening with other home educated students.
Katie Pybus talks to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning
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Katie Pybus and her daughter talk to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning
When asked whether the children were learning to read and write as well as doing mathematics, Katie explained that her daughter began reading at the age of four and it was “fine” while one of her sons was dyslexic.
Both Holly, 35, and Phil, 54, then grilled her about the social aspect of home education, saying: “In West Sussex, there are lots of home educators. We meet to play football with other home educators.
“People confused the socialisation issue and school. At school teachers always used to say, ‘you’re not here to socialise’. It’s something everyone heard.”
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