Friday, July 31, 2009
Home Educated Youth Council Press Release
"The current consultation on home education does not fully take into account the views of the children it affects."
Thursday, July 30, 2009
"Most people, if asked about home education, would probably picture a child being tutored at home by his parents; perhaps working at the kitchen table rather than sitting in a classroom. This was indeed the case with my own daughter whom I have taught since she was a baby. Sadly, this image is very much the exception in British home education."
Lots of good comments, make sure you read them!
UPDATE: Wow, THIS is truly amazing!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Short description from the website:
SCHOOLED is an earthy character study about a teacher in crisis who discovers a democratic school that teaches him to connect with kids as people.
Official site here.
"A crucial question will soon face parents if present United Nations initiatives gain acceptance in the United States: Who inherently has the right to educate your child, the state or the parent?"
The purpose of this survey is to try to determine the breadth of diversity of religious / faith / life philosophy within the UK Home Education Community. The survey is completely anonymous.
To take part, click here.
As seen here and here.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
"The Children, Schools and Families Committee is to undertake a short inquiry into the recent review of elective home education commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The Committee invites written submissions on:
• the conduct of the review and related consultations (e.g. the constitution of the review team; the scope of the terms of reference for the review; and the nature of the consultation documents).
• the recommendations made by the review on elective home education."
"Home education quickly becomes tailored to the child's individual learning styles and needs and for for this reason becomes very efficient learning. This leaves more time for the child to learn via play and exploring his or her environment through interests and hobbies."
More on the Romeike family, the family of 7 that has appealed for asylum in the USA in order to home educate their children, here.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
fiction n. An assumption that something is true irrespective of whether it is really true or not. In English legal history fictions were used by the courts during the development of forms of court action. They enabled the courts to ... extend their jurisdiction.
They surely seem desperate to extend their power over our lives and the lives of our home educated sons and daughters. Well, I've decided to open up a few Law Dictionaries and now I'm beginning to think that those who say that all these Acts and Statutes do not apply to us and that the way they get us to believe they do is through the manipulation of language might have a point... Did you know that Legalese, the language of the Law Society, is not English? I didn't.
child n. 1. A young person.
What does the word person actually mean in legalese?
The interpretation sections of the Education Act 1996 and the Children Act 2004 do NOT define (or re-define) the word “person”; it seems that when words are not defined in the specific Acts we have to go to the Interpretation Act 1978 (c.30). There we find the following definition:
“person” includes a body of persons corporate or unincorporate.
Now, is that what our sons and daughters are?
Black's Law Dictionary, 4th edition, defines the word "include" as follows:
include. To confine within, hold as in an inclosure, take in , attain, shut up, contain, inclose, comprise, comprehend, embrace, involve.
Therefore, in legalese, the verb include is clearly restrictive and only has limited scope. Only the participle, including (but not limited to) enlarges the scope. When used in a definition, include does not expand the existing definition of the word it is attempting to define.
That would explain why the expression "including but not limited to" is used so often... Consequently, it appears that the Education Act 1994 and the Children Act 2004 apply ONLY to "a body of persons corporate or unincorporate".
Here's some more definitions from the Law Dictionary to help us understand the meaning of the word "person" in legalese.
unincorporated body An association that has no legal personality distinct from those of its members (compare CORPORATION). Examples of unincorporated bodies are *partnerships and *clubs.
juristic person (artificial person) An entity, such as a *corporation, that is recognized as having legal personality, i.e. it is capable of enjoying and being subject to legal rights and duties. It is contrasted with a human being, who is referred to as a natural person.
natural person A human being. Compare JURISTIC PERSON.
So my question is, do all these Acts and Statutes apply to juristic persons or human beings? Going back to the definition of "fiction", what are we, and they, assuming we are? Juristic persons?
Can any of you please enlighten me?
Disclaimer: none of the information in this post should be taken as legal advice.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Instead of Education - John Holt
Teach Your Own - John Holt
The Underachieving School - John Holt
Never Too Late - John Holt
What do I do Monday? - John Holt
Sharing Treasures - John Holt
Danger: School! IDAC Document
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling John Taylor Gatto
The Exhausted School - John Taylor Gatto
Underground History of American Education John Taylor Gatto
Compulsory Miseducation Paul Goodman
Teaching as a Subvertive Activity - Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner
Against Education: For the Abolition of School
School, Society & The Future
Deschooling Society - Ivan Illich
Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing - A S Neill
Free from School by Rahul Alvares
School is Dead Everett Reimer
Toward the Destruction of Schooling Jan D Matthews
How To Get An Education At Home Pat Farenga
None Dare Call It Education (How Schools Dumb Us Down) (1999) Stormer
The Animal School
Black and Other UK Home Educators' Booklet
Christian Homeschooling Minus the Stress by Sue Rumsley
Unschooling Media - Vanessa Bertozzi
The Montessori Method - Maria Montessory
The Education of the Child - Dr. Rudolf Steiner
Discussions with Teachers - Dr. Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner Books
Education and the Significance of Life - Jiddu Krishnamurti
Beginnings of learning - J. Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti on Education Jiddu Krishnamurti
Letters to the Schools Volume 1 Jiddu Krishnamurti
Life Ahead Jiddu Krishnamurti
Education by Swami Vivekananda
What's Wrong With The World - G.K.Chesterton
Democracy and Education - John Dewey
Fundamental Education V.M. Samael Aun Weor
The History of Education Ellwood P. Cubberley
Education for Destruction -Bessie R Burchett
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
His name is Badman. Graham Badman. His June 2009 “Report to the Secretary of State on the Review of Elective Home Education in England,” which proposes draconian changes in English home education law, lives up to his name.
In other words, Badman has his priorities reversed. It is not that homeschoolers should submit to education authorities - it is that, if parents choose to send their children to a collective school, rather than educate them at home, the school must still educate them according to the wishes and direction of the parents. The teacher is in loco parentis."
Saturday, July 11, 2009
"A BUSINESSMAN is so passionate about modernising education he’s spent ten years and millions of pounds creating an online “school in a box” for parents and children.
The Help – Home Education Learning Platform – is for youngsters who have been expelled from school, are off due to long-term sickness, or for parents who choose to educate their children at home."