Saturday, June 13, 2009

Home education on the news

Parents resort to home education because state schools betray their wishes
Eric Hester: "The Government's intention to regulate – in effect, nationalise – home education is spiteful, dictatorial and simply anti-educational. There is no evidence that home-educated children do worse than those in schools. To suggest that home education might lead to abuse ill becomes a Government at a time when a state-regulated nursery is being investigated over horrific crimes."

Home schooling to be monitored by govt database?
Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: "The whole purpose of home education, of course, is that people want to keep their children out of the clutches of the state and they should be allowed to do so if they want in a free country."

Even from the edge of the grave, Labour attacks the family
"The dying scorpion still has venom in its tail: this decomposing Labour government, rotting like a fish from the head down and with a maximum life expectancy of 11 months, is still doggedly pursuing the destruction of British society - the Project on which it embarked 12 years ago. Its latest assault on the family is an offensive against home schooling... the state, furious that 50,000 children have eluded its clutches, is intruding further into family life.

Government to clamp down on home schooling families
Fiona Nicholson, of support group Education Otherwise, said: “If they introduce a registration system, it would completely shift the balance of power. The state is coming into family life and trying to regulate it. It is an extraordinary invasion of the family.”

Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: “In accepting the recommendations of this report, the government is signalling its intention to introduce an unprecedented level of intrusion into family life. The plan to allow local authorities routine access to the homes of children who are educated outside the school system shows a fundamental distrust of parents. If the government gets its way, home educated children will be subject to a far greater degree of individual state surveillance than children receive in school. ... The legality of going beyond that and granting local authorities a routine right of access to the homes of parents who teach their children at home is open to question under human rights legislation.”

Home education changes announced
"Education officials in the Isle of Man are looking forward to improving relations with parents who opt to teach their children at home."

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