Thursday, June 11, 2009

Schools minister defends home education review

The new junior schools minister, Diana Johnson, has defended the government's stance on home education in her first debate in Parliament since taking up the post.

She refuted claims made by Mark Field, MP for Westminster, who warned that the government is trying to destroy home education by over-regulating parents.

Field said that the Department for Children, Schools and Families review of home education, which is being led by Graham Badman, could skew the balance between civil liberties and state intervention.

He said: "The ability to be free from an all-knowing, all-seeing state's ideas of education, welfare and standards forms the fundamental appeal for many of those who choose home education for their children. Any attempt to alter what is very much a matter of balance would undermine the entire ethos of education."

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