Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Bits & bobs
On The News
"...he was plagued with a dicky heart, and so, from the ages of six to 16, he lay on the sofa at home, reading books about astronomy. (...) I suggest that, shut up in his parents' house, he travelled further in his mind than any other schoolboy could. "I suppose that's it," he says..."
Geography: Map Puzzles - DJ did Europe, Africa and the USA.
DJ: "I knew where Austria was because of the game Imperial Glory."
"Of course, a child may not know what he may need to know in ten years (who does?), but he knows, and much better than anyone else, what he wants and needs to know right now, what his mind is ready and hungry for. If we help him, or just allow him, to learn that, he will remember it, use it, build on it. If we try to make him learn something else, that we think is more important, the chances are that he won't learn it, or will learn very little of it, that he will soon forget most of what he learned, and what is worst of all, will before long lose most of his appetite for learning anything." John Holt - Teach Your Own
Below a letter that could be sent to MPs, local newspapers, anyone else you can think of, which has been put out by Action for Home Education
We read with interest today the Prime Minister's comments reaffirming all parents' absolute right to "make choices about their children's education which are best suited to their children's needs irrespective of who their parents are or what job they do".  As home educators, we agree with the Prime Minister on this. Indeed, we have been making this point for decades.
In the light of such unequivocal support from the Prime Minister, we suggest and expect that the proposed consultation on monitoring of elective home education will be scrapped. The money saved should be spent getting all Local Authorities to act within the perfectly adequate laws that already exist and in making it known that home education is as valid an option as school for ALL parents and children, "regardless of who they are or what job they do".
Posted by Paula at 9:13 am