Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tears after autistic pupil’s attacks

"A teacher said she was left in tears and hiding in her school’s staff room following the last of four violent attacks by a pupil. Teresa McCarthy, 51, quit her job because of stress and depression following the assaults by a 13-year-old boy, who is autistic."


How many times are autistic boys left in tears and hiding somewhere in school? If the manifestation of their stress levels is neurotypically interpreted as an "attack", how can they get the empathy and care they need, let alone an education? Do they have the option to quit school and enjoy an environment truly suited to their special needs?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Monday, October 27, 2008

Aspies on the news...

Purley Asperger's boy still without school place

"A Purley boy with Asperger’s syndrome is still languishing at home, two months after being turned away from school."


Home education on the news...

More reasons to home educate:

USA - The New Way Parents Avoid Vaccination : "... a growing number of moms and dads are choosing to teach their kids at home to avoid forced immunizations. [...] most states don't require home-schooled children to be vaccinated at all." - also here...

And some different ideas about home education:

1) United Arab Emirates - "The previous year she had tried home education but her daughter had found it boring and isolating spending her days alone with a tutor." Read more...

2) UK - The manager explained: “We provide a home education programme for 1-6 years olds." Read more...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Electing for home education

"I RECALL an article in The Star in October 2006, regarding truancy sweeps. The council made several negative assertions regarding children not in school, apparantly unaware of the legality of elective home education, and the fact that a growing number of parents in Sheffield have made the decision to educate their children themselves."


Monday, October 20, 2008

No place for aspies

"LITTLE Tyler Foster has had to stay at home since the start of term because education chiefs cannot find him a school place. The five-year-old has Asperger’s syndrome, which affects his ability to make friends and interact."


Running costs ‘too high’ at Asperger’s centres: "Two centres for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome near Shrewsbury are being forced to close next year because of funding difficulties."


Timeout rooms

"After failing to finish an assignment, 8-year-old Isabel Loeffler was sent to the school’s timeout room — a converted storage area under a staircase. Isabel, who has autism, was left alone there for three hours and wet herself before she was finally allowed to leave. Appalled, her parents removed her from the school district and filed a lawsuit."


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Home Education News

Home education is making headlines in Brazil.

One article reminds the population that according to Brazilian law parents are not allowed to teach their children at home. Another talks about the Schurmann family, whose children learn while traveling the world.

In Spain, la escuela en casa se pone de moda: "Un creciente colectivo de familias neoyorquinas aboga por la defensa de la no escolarización y la educación de los hijos en edad preescolar en el propio domicilio familiar."

In Argentina, la Justicia autorizó a 2 niñas a estudiar en su casa.

Canada: Learning Their ABC's At Home
Home-schooling parents live frugally

USA: The Anti-Schoolers
Home schooled students excel in life, academics
Homeroom's new meaning

Birthday Boy

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Home-schooling to avoid vaccinations

It seems that in the USA some parents are deciding to home-educate their children because they believe that "mandated vaccinations for public and private school children are a dangerous overreach by state governments."


The rise of home educated tennis star

"Three months after winning the junior Wimbledon title the rising star of British tennis is mixing it with the senior circuit's seasoned pros."

Read Paul Newman's report on Laura Robson here.

Antonia Chitty's new book

"Whatever kind of solution a parent may be looking for the book is designed to help by advising on how to talk to the school to get a problem resolved, to change schools within the state system along with alternative schooling such as boarding school's or home education and, importantly how to tackle a potential problem by talking it over with the child."


Or buy it here.

Home schooling: one month in

... and we still think we're right. Probably… Our families have begun to up the pressure but we're sticking to our guns. Read more...

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Britain's demonisation of children

UN report criticises Britain's 'demonising' and jailing of children: "Too many children are being imprisoned in Britain and demonised as criminals. [...] The demonisation of young people was a prominent theme. The report regretted a "general climate of intolerance and negative public attitudes towards children" in the media and elsewhere.

The UN document criticised ultrasound devices used to disperse youngsters, and asbos, both of which, it said, "may violate the rights of children to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly". Another worry was the national DNA database, which keeps the records of children whether or not they have offended."

Thursday, October 02, 2008