We have educated triplet girls to age 16 by never sending them to school.
Reading this record may tell you why that choice beat a path of its own. Or it may tell you how school is a good idea, and Christine is right: 'If children are not in school they are obviously not being taught' Christine Blower, NUT.
When we reach the end of the road we discover the beginning of the field.
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This blog is a record of a home education writ for parents thinking about home ed writ for the LA who need an education about home ed writ for Grit's friends and relations who drop in once a year and writ for Grit's sane and lovely mind.
The internal DCSF Consultation Report, made public 23 January. (pdf) In Annex A, 94% of respondents disagreed that the local authority should have the power to interview a home educated child alone. When this comes out Ed Balls' mouth in the Second Reading Debate, 94% against turns to: 'The vast majority of parents would be happy to let that happen' (Hansard 11.01.10, Children, Schools and Families Bill, col 437.)
Love it or loathe it? The petition still broke a record. Press release in the Mirror, Channel4 news, the Guardian.
'Even if you don't currently see yourself home educating, you never know what the future might hold, and if a time comes when you find yourself needing to pull your child out of school, I hope the option is still available to you, and you don't regret thinking *it's nothing to do with me*.'
Read the Right to Reply 'Home educators are renowned for their strong opinions and independent spirit. They come from all faiths and none. They have as many approaches to education as there are children. They rarely agree on anything. And yet they are remarkably united in their opposition to these proposals. There is great concern that their way of life will be legislated out of existence.' --Response to the Badman Review of Elective Home Education in England and reaction to the Select Committee hearing.
The problem with home educators is that they are impossible to define. The only things that links them is respect for their children. And did the state just stagger foolishly across that line? Are we sandal wearing tree huggers who let our kids run wild or control mad Jesus freaks who don't want them learning about sex and evolution? Are we hot housing or leaving them to watch TV and play computer games all day? -Firebird. The UK government suggested that we home educate our children to cover up our abuse. On that issue, would you like some statistics?
'The Department [for Children, Schools and Families] is aware that attempts are being made on the Internet to vilify and harass the author of the review. It is the Department's view that, whilst dealing with each request on its merits, this situation will have to be taken into account in dealing with any relevant FOI requests. ... we anticipate the need to consider whether it is in the public interest to release information likely to intensify any such campaign, or to lead to harassment or distress to individuals.' Hello DCSF. Vilify: to make vicious and defamatory statements about. Like putting it about that home educated children are abused by their parents? Isolated? Unsocialised? Denied an education? And the latest one, that their mothers have Munchhausen's Syndrome by Proxy, and benefit from their child's suffering.
... compulsory registration, entry to the home, inspection according to external standards, and power to see the child without the parent present. By implication this applies to anyone who has their child at home with them: particularly parents with under 5s, but also those with school-aged children who are at home in the evenings, over the weekends, and throughout the summer holidays. Think on: the possibility of parental inspection, with or without your presence, based on the very human whim of a local authority officer. Is that okay with you? Renegade Parent on the implications for all parents from the Badman review of home education.
'Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children'. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, Article 26.3)
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