Monday, March 26, 2007

On the news

School bullies targeting children with special needs
"Evidence has emerged of threats made to special needs children. Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, the Children's Commissioner, wrote that some vulnerable children had been driven to the brink of suicide. "There are especially appalling stories: children with Asperger's syndrome and autism who are isolated deliberately." A separate survey of more than 100 families for the NAS has shown that 38% of autistic children suffered bullying at school."

Too much of a good thing

Edward Pearce commenting on criminalising teenagers who leave school ahead of the prescribed leaving age of 18: "You can take a horse to the water but you cannot make him drink. The green paper gives due notice to the horse of the future that if he does not drink at the time and place specified by ministers, he will be put under a Drinking Order to attend the water trough, and failure to drink may be met by criminal sanctions."

Today's Links

What's Wrong with Homeschooling?
Adding insult to injury
Samuel Butler's Erewhon


Club 166 said...

And where does home-schooling fall into with this? I see nothing mentioned about home-schooling being acceptable as participation.

Anonymous said...

News like these help me remember why I'm home-educating.