Monday, July 14, 2008

Home Education on the News

‘Huge’ rise in home education in Lancashire: "THERE has been a “huge” increase in the number of parents shunning Lancashire’s schools and educating their children at home. New figures reveal the number of youngsters on the county’s home education register has more than doubled since 2000 — with bullying increasingly cited as the reason."

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Bullying means rise in home learning: PARENTS of both bullying victims and expelled bullies are turning to home schooling in a bid to salvage an education for their children. [...]One mother said her 14-year-old - who has autistic spectrum disorder - had been subjected to a decade of physical and mental attacks, which left him reclusive and on anti-depressant drugs."

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We Lock Our Kids Away From Society in Schools ... Prisoners of the System: "Our children are the most vulnerable part of our society, and yet we lock them away from society in these educational institutions. We suppress their natural desire to explore and learn in favour of a rigid curriculum that makes them a prisoner of their own education instead of an interested participant. Schools at 16 still want children to put their hand up when they want to go to the toilet, which is a basic human function. Then they let the children leave into an adult world and expect them to have an adult's understanding of the world, which they don't."

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Some parents try to mask children’s school absence: "while many parents educate children at home for right and proper reasons, there are others who are masking pupil absence from school – or any other form of education – by claiming to be home educators."

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3 comments:

Carlotta said...

Whoa...I hadn't seen that latest gem in the FT. Has Shena seen it, do you know?

Pete said...

Grr, last story no longer available...

Anonymous said...

I don't know if Shena has seen it, no, but the story is still available - here it is:

Some parents try to mask children’s school absence

Published: July 12 2008 |

From Mr Philip Parkin.

Sir, Shena Deuchars (“Why does society need to ‘have a grip’ on education of my children?”, Letters, June 28/29) makes an unfounded assumption that I know nothing about home education. As a former teacher, as a parent and as general secretary of a union that includes members who work with home educators, l do have knowledge of the subject.

Voice is not against home education and does not believe in increasing its membership at the expense of children’s best interests. Our ethos is about protecting children and their welfare as well as looking after our members – that’s why we do not take industrial action. Ms Deuchars ignores the fact that while many parents educate children at home for right and proper reasons, there are others who are masking pupil absence from school – or any other form of education – by claiming to be home educators.

This is not good for those children or for the cause of genuine home educators. Lack of personal knowledge of such people does not mean they do not exist.

My concern is for children. Sadly, some home educators seem to see any comment as a personal attack. They do not need to be so defensive. Many home educators are doing an excellent job, should be supported and should have no fears about regulation requiring them to register as home educators.

Philip Parkin,
General Secretary,
Voice,
Derby DE1 1BT, UK

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2008