Monday, August 31, 2009

Home educated girl lands 11 top GCSEs and A-level

A girl who has been educated at home for the bulk of her life has achieved 11 A* GCSEs and an A grade A-level two years early.

Read it here.

Home educated aspies on the news

"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

Outstanding results on national tests

"There is new research showing that the average home-schooler who takes standardized achievement tests is doing very well. (...) In a sentence, home-schooling is a recipe for academic success."

Read it here.

Why personalised learning?

From Education Otherwise's Youtube channel:

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

Homeschooling lessons learned

"When Denise started home schooling her two children five years ago, she thought there was a right way to do it and that she had to be extremely organized and scheduled.

“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

State could take custody of teen homeschooler

The real issue is the right of parents to control the upbringing of their children

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.


Court Orders Home-Schooled Girl into School

U.S.A. - The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has asked a New Hampshire court to reconsider its decision to order a 10-year-old home-schooled girl into public school.

Read it here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

John Taylor Gatto - A Different Kind of Teacher

John Taylor Gatto discusses his views and answers peoples questions.

Is the summer bad for your child's brain?

What about the rest of the year?

It was the summer between my son's reception year and year one at primary that set us on the path to Home Education.

Read it here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

2009 Review of Elective Home Education

You can find a breakdown of the answers and respondents to each of the 6 questions of the public questionnaire of the 2009 Review of Elective Home Education here.

FAQs: What about Qualifications?

Education Otherwise has uploaded another video on their Youtube Channel.

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

Badman Review on Home Education

Found it on scribd, here...

Self taught aspie now at Cambridge

Alex Goodenough, an Asperger’s sufferer who taught himself at home after his local school rejected him because of his condition, has won a place at Cambridge.

Read it here.

Family's whiz kids are home-schooled

"We taught our children how to learn. We taught them to love learning by making it fun and interesting. Then they knew they could learn anything."

Read it here.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Homeschooling mom thinks big

We started homeschooling over the summer, and so far it is working beautifully.

Read it here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Response to the Report on the Review of EHE in England

Education Otherwise has just uploaded the 4th videos on their Youtube Channel.

"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."

Resisting illegal government requests

A family in Kent County, Michigan had their ability to homeschool questioned by their local school district.

More here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Homeschooling news

Home-Schooled Student Receives National Honor: The National Society of High School Scholars has announced that home-schooled student Ryan D. Turnewitsch, of St. Clairsville, has been recognized for superior academic achievement and selected for membership.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

An Interview With Lord Lucas

From Education Otherwise's YouTube channel:

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.


Today sees the launch of HE-ART, a project to bring together artwork by home educated children from across the UK to be exhibited in the autumn to raise awareness of home education.

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

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.

Inspecting home educators is fair - CYPNow editorial

By Ravi Chandiramani, Editor

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.

Economist: Home-schooling on the rise

The Allens are home-schoolers. Instead of sending their children to a public or private school, they teach them at home. They are far from alone. A generation ago, homeschooling was rare and, in many states, illegal. Now, according to the Department of Education, there are roughly 1.5 million home-schooled students in the United States, a number that has doubled in a decade. That is about 3percent of the school-age population. The National Home Education Research Institute puts the number even higher, at between 1.8 million and 2.5 million.

More here...

Friday, August 14, 2009

We don’t need no state education

Parents who educate their children at home are meeting in Bradford to sing “we don’t need no state education, we don’t need no tougher controls”.

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 interview at HESFES

From Education Otherwise's YouTube channel:

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.

The 4th Annual Home Education Fair

The Home Education Fair is a terrific opportunity to find out all about home education: how it works, what researchers say, find a home education group near you, young people who were home educated and hear about the imminent government plans to limit your freedoms with regard to education and how to help fight this.

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)

Entrance: Free

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

Homeschooling study

A study has found that home educated children score well above mainstream school kids.

Read the news here, or he report here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

School is not compulsory

Totalitarian home education plans

... drive families north to Scotland: Home schooling advisers say they are being swamped by inquiries from parents who want to move to Scotland.


Sunday, August 09, 2009

Homeschooling news

With back-to-school season in full swing, many parents are reflecting on the educational choices they are making. Although the vast majority of parents still send their children to public schools, 10% to 12% of parents choose private education. One part of private education is the estimated 2 million children who are home-schooled, accounting for at least 3% of the school-age population.

More here...

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.

More here...

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Why I'm not sending my daughter to school

I have chosen to home educate my child because she deserves a better chance than I believe the current system can offer her.


The true worth of home-schooling

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.

Sue Cardus

Original here.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Lets get the facts right

Thank goodness Chloe Watson took the time to educate Olly Benson, who was obviously unaware of the facts!

Homeschooling news

While the freedom to home-school in America continues to expand, the opposite is true in Europe.


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.


Brighton families stand up for home-schooling

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

Save DLA and AA from being axed

Time is running out: A government green paper has revealed plans to stop paying disability benefits and hand the cash over to social services instead. Join the Benefits and Work campaign to stop these cuts here.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Home Ed Bubble Event

"A group of home-educating families got together to blow bubbles and raise awareness of home education and the Badman Review."

Monday, August 03, 2009

Schoolhouse Press Release

Ms Preuss, spokes person for Scotland's national home education support organisation, said:

"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

Save money homeschooling

In Australia, Cassandra has become something of an expert in finding ways to save while raising her seven children. She and husband Joe, 35, who together own a real-estate agency, save some money by not needing day care, with Mrs Parker home-schooling all her children.


Louisiana parents opting to home school

As schoolchildren throughout the Shreveport-Bossier City area return to classes in August, so too will Michael and Paula Bottoms' children. Their learning, however, will take place from home. And the Bottoms aren't alone. Hundreds of families home-school in northwest Louisiana.


Saturday, August 01, 2009

In the governments hands

Last week, British homeschoolers were alarmed to find that the British Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families accept a report on British education created by Graham Badman, a former Managing Director of Children, Families and Education in the County of Kent.

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."


The end for home education

Home Schooling Under Government Attack

Home-ed kids challenge Badman review

Home educated children have set up their own youth council to challenge the recent findings of Graham Badman's review into home education.

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."


Should home educators face greater scrutiny?

Two parents put forward contrasting views on home education plans.