Monday, August 31, 2009
"United by a love of dogs and photography two autistic siblings have worked together to make a special canine calendar. The siblings, who both have Asperger's syndrome, are home-schooled by their mother, who explained: "As part of their home education I believe it is important to do an annual project to raise funds and awareness for a good cause."
Read it here.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
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In this voxbox video, parents and children share just a few of the reasons why people may chose home education, and show how personalised learning allows children the freedom to learn in their own way.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
“That lasted a whole six weeks,” Denise said with a laugh.
It took that long for it to sink in with Denise that there was no single right way to home school. Now, with her son in ninth grade and her daughter in fifth, she is comfortable with the relaxed style of school her family has adopted."
Read it here.
Friday, August 28, 2009
A critical hearing is scheduled in Germany in that nations' war against homeschoolers to determine whether a family can continue to control the education of its high-performing son, 14.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
In this short Voxbox film, three home educated young people answer the frequently asked question "what about qualifications" and share their very different stories. Their experiences help to show how qualifications - or the lack of them - does not have to be a barrier tor a home educated young person going onto to college or university.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"On 11th June Graham Badman published a Report on his Review into Elective Home Education and the Government responded immediately, accepting the Report's recommendations in full. Education Otherwise responded by calling the Report "unreasonable and disproportionate" . In the fourth video in the series, EO Trustee Ann Newstead highlights some of the main concerns with the Report, and some home educators give their reaction."
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
This is the third of the series of videos from Education Otherwise. Lord Lucas, a Conservative backbencher and hereditary peer, gives his view of the current political attitude towards home educators.
He urges home educators to engage with their MPs in order to bring about a greater understanding of home education which he believes should lead to many of the invasive proposals contained within the Badman Report being discarded.
Giving an opportunity for the children themselves to respond to the Badman review with the theme 'why I love home ed'.
Open to any home educated child, with no restrictions on media, or size, just like their imagination there is no limit!
An information flyer (pdf for download) can be found here or obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also telephone 01262 468243 or 07768225169 for further info.
Get creative, and get your artwork to us by the closing date of 25th September. Get your local group to run a session where everyone can create an artwork to submit.
Spread the word! Not everyone is online, or goes to local groups, so tell all the home educating families you know.
Graham Badman's review of home education has created an unrivalled storm of protest on CYP Now's online discussion forums in the past couple of months. Scores of parents are livid at his proposals.
Unfortunately for them, the government has said it will implement these in full. Mindful however of the army of home educators opposed to interference from the state, the Department for Children, Schools and Families has put them out to a public consultation first.
Badman's recommendations would mean parents who choose to educate their children from home become regulated like never before. Chief among the proposals are a compulsory registration scheme; annual statements outlining parents' educational approach and objectives for the coming year; and the right for local authority staff to speak alone with children educated at home.
Badman sought to probe the extent to which home education is used as a cover for child abuse. Foster mother and home educator Eunice Spry was last spring imprisoned for 14 years for abusing her children. While the review claimed to find evidence of a small number of cases where children have suffered harm, many home educators are understandably enraged at being made to feel guilty until proven innocent.
Home education can have many benefits. For children with special educational needs, in particular, it enables them to learn at their own pace in an environment in which they can feel more confident than they would at school. Indeed, Children's Secretary Ed Balls has been clear in endorsing home education as a "well established and important part of our education system".
But that isn't likely to quell the protests. It is natural for home educators to fight against plans for monitoring and registration because many will have taken the decision to remove their children from school, having been let down by the system. Now that same system is having the nerve to hold them to account.
However, if you educate your children from home, you are turning your home into a place of learning. Given schools are subject to regular monitoring, it is entirely reasonable for home education to be too. The challenge will be for local authority monitors to be sensitive and receptive, not box-ticking bureaucrats.
As we have seen, home educators are a vocal lot. You can be sure we haven't heard the last from them yet.
You can leave comments here.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Their cover of Pink Floyd’s 1979 hit, Another Brick in the Wall, is being recorded in protest at recommendations made in a report advising closer monitoring of home-taught children.
Home Schooling: Pros & Cons
Sherrie Ferrari is mom to 4 girls. She's been home schooling them for 5 years, teaching them about literature, computer skills, even music. Sherrie says, "For me, the biggest thing initially was just ‘cause I wanted to spend more time with them." But she soon noticed other benefits too: test scores skyrocketed.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Dr Thomas is a developmental psychologist, author and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education. Interviewed at HESFES, Dr Thomas explains about his research into how children learn and his investigation into autonomous, or informal learning.
Saturday 19 September 1-5pm
Westbourne Grove Church, Westbourne Grove, London W11. (corner of Ledbury Road and Westbourne Grove) 5-10 minutes walk from Notting Hill (Central, Circle)
There will be talks by academics in the field of home education about its theory and practice as well as talks about the imminent government plans to limit freedoms with regard to education. There will also be workshops on various areas of home education and a panel of young adults who were home educated will talk about the experience. Plus there will be stalls of national groups such as Education Otherwise, Choice in Education, and Home Education Advisory Service offering information, books and leaflets - including details of the many home education groups across London and the South East.
Children can enjoy craft activities in the play area while home educated young people will keep everyone supplied with tea and home-made cakes.
This year again we will be part of International Freedom in Education (IFED). IFED promotes educational freedoms internationally with events around the world to celebrate!
Whether you are thinking about home education for your own family, have heard about the threat to educational freedom or just want to know why more and more families are choosing it, you’ll find it all at the Home Education Fair.
Contact : Leslie Barson Tel: 020 8969 0893
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
For more kids, home is where the school is: numbers have steadily increased over the course of the past 5 years ... as more parents and guardians decide to keep their children home for the academic grind.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
I read Simon Webb's Comment ("We must get tough on home schooling", 30 July) with interest. Most home-educating families find that home education is a journey which we take alongside each individual child. Some find that a formal approach works best for their child, others an entirely hands-off approach. Many of us find a middle road.
One thing that most of us would say is that children do learn best by teaching themselves. All they require is a loving adult to answer questions, provide information and experiences and (sometimes) to show them how to do things. And, yes, it can take some children longer than others to master reading, but that is true of school children, and at least HE kids aren't made to feel like idiots if they don't master a sunject to a government-set target.
I'm surprised at Mr Webb's assertion that it is neglectful to allow children to pursue their own interests. One of my boys spent a lot of time climbing trees; he now works in forestry (and yes, he can read, write and do sums). Another is keen on computers and plans to make a career in that field.
It would seem Mr Webb has yet to discover the truth that emerges from HE, which is that with a bit of loving guidance children can grow up to be well-rounded, self-regulating, fully functioning adults; they don't need to be forced, coerced and badgered into it.
Friday, August 07, 2009
The Allens are home-schoolers. Instead of sending their children to a public (non-fee-paying) or private school, they teach them at home. They are far from alone.
In this economic test, some private school parents eyeing their investment in education are considering new sacrifices and a surprising alternative: home school.
Shoppers in Brighton were greeted by a colourful sight as children filled the streets with bubbles as part of a protest.
Boys and girls of different ages, many wearing T-shirts saying “The world is my classroom and life is my curriculum”, took part in the “flash mob” event to protest at proposals by the Department for Children, Schools and Families which would change the way they learn.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Monday, August 03, 2009
"It will be a sad day for English citizens if they are to be persecuted for choosing to care for and educate their own children in accordance with a long established legal right. If MPs do not reject these draconian proposals when they come before the UK Parliament, Schoolhouse anticipates an influx of home educating refugees from south of the border. England's loss will be Scotland's gain as we have plenty of room for well educated, motivated and enterprising people who place the same high value on freedom that we do."
Read it here.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
The report recommended that the national government forcibly register all children that are not attending class in state schools and also suggested a mandate that homeschools be further regulated. Additionally, it was recommended that the state assume the power to enter the private homes of homeschooled children in order to make sure that government strictures are being observed.
The underlying source by which Badman claims legitimacy for his report is the UNCRC. According to the Home School Legal Defense Association here in the states, the treaty "will be used to significantly restrict the freedom to homeschool in England."
Chloe Watson, HEYC chair said: "The DCSF have a duty in law to listen to children's opinions on matters which concern them, yet no effort has been made to secure a representative opinion from home educated children in this consultation. Those children who have been consulted have often been dismissed as being a mouthpiece for their parents."