Friday, July 31, 2009

The Home Educated Youth Council

Home Educated Children trying to get their voices heard by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (London, July 2009). Their aim? To challenge the Graham Badman report of Home Education and its recommendations.

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."

More here...

The mother who set up a new school for her son

"Eighteen months ago, Freddie Buckner's schooldays were often spent washing up mugs in the staff room after being excluded from mainstream lessons for lashing out at teachers and his fellow pupils. The eight-year-old's complex behavioural needs, including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia, meant that teaching him alongside other children in mainstream schools was deemed impossible. So the search began to find him a suitable school."

More here...

Home educators encouraging conservationists

A NOTTS family is encouraging others to get involved in local conservation projects. The Martin family, from Ollerton, near Newark, Gracie, 11, Harvey, nine and Roscoe, seven, all have home schooling.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

We must get tough on home schooling

... says Simon Webb:

"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!

Chomsky on education

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Forced to teach their children

"A group of parents claim there are so few pupil places at Bradford’s secondary schools that they have been forced to teach their children themselves."


Balls defends Badman

Children's Secretary Ed Balls has felt the need to defend a review of home education in England following messages people have sent him.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"Schooled" The Film

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.

Do parents have the right to educate?

News from the U.S.A.:

"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?"

More here...

Survey on Home Education and religion

Survey up and live until 12 am Sept 3rd, unlimited response numbers so please feel free to post far and wide - if you are a member of a HE faith list that would be especially helpful.

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.

Bradford parents choose to teach

"Having been denied their choice of school, some angry parents in Bradford have decided to teach their children themselves."

Watch the video clip here.

Home education now legal in Catalonia

Home educating families in Catalonia have a big reason to celebrate. As from last week, due to a few references in The Catalonia Education Act, home education is no longer ilegal!

As seen here and here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The War on Kids

Best educational documentary - New York Independent Film and Video Festival. Official site here.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Homeschooling in South Africa

The story of how the freedom to home-school was established in that country is not well known. Leendert Van Oostrom said he and his wife decided to home-school in the waning years of the old system, "when it was strictly verboten, and home-schoolers were prosecuted and stuck in jail."


Friday, July 24, 2009

Home education news

"Prompted partly by complaints from angry home educators , the committee will examine how the government conducted the review and its related consultations. They will also scrutinise the recommendations made by the review."

More here...

"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."

More here...

"... a striking testimony to the failings of the education system ... from a mother who makes the interesting point that rather than treat home educators with suspicion, we should penalise those parents who unquestioningly leave all the work to schools and fail to supplement it with some lessons in life at home."


"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

It's all fiction

All definitions from Elizabeth A Martin Oxford Dictionary of Law, 5th Ed unless otherwise stated.

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.

corporation (body corporate) n. An entity that has legal personality, i.e. it is capable of enjoying and being subject to legal rights and duties (see JURISTIC PERSON) and possesses the capacity of succession. A corporation aggregate (e.g. a *company registered under the Companies Acts) consists of a number of members who fluctuate from time to time. See also INCORPORATION.

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

For many, benefits flow in schooling at home

"As politicians argue over school league tables and teaching standards, parents are increasingly taking their children out of the school system."


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Taking Liberties

can be watched here.

Books to read online

How Children Fail John Holt

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

AHEd's response to the EHE Review Report

AHEd's link to the Briefing Paper can be found here. It could be a useful guide for MPs and others who are being approached.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Registration - what does it mean?

Came across this - check it out and let me know what you think.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

HSLDA's Reply to the Badman Report

English Home Education: Already In Proper Balance

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.


Inspection Of Homeschooling

"Education is first and foremost the duty of the parent rather than the state.... Parents may delegate this educational responsibility to those whom they trust, but this delegation in no wise removes their responsibility for the education of their children.

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

Home Education Learning Platform

Businessman launches new ‘school in a box’

"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."


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Idle Parent: home education

"It's time to teach the meddlers a thing or two about home education."


Sunday, July 05, 2009

The curious incident of the straight-A student

"Alex Goodenough was the cleverest kid in his school - so why didn't he get a sixth form place? Decca Aitkenhead talks to his family about the impact of Asperger's."