Earlier this year I made This post
which referred to an article in the Daily Mail
newspaper in the UK here;
The Coming War Against Home Schoolers
To summarise the above, the British Government saw fit to launch an inquriy into Home Education provision on the unsubstantiated allegation that Home
Education was a potential cover for child abuse. A smear of the worst kind, playing on the biggest fear of every responsible parent.
The inquiry has now been completed, and a report making recommendations has been issued.
The report is draconian. It is written in such a manner that removes any freedom of education from the parent, and practically expects them to comply
with the English and Welsh National Curriculum in the home environment, writing a written plan that is acceptable to the local eduication authority
for their childs education on a yearly basis, and having to reapply - again on a yearly basis - to educate at home, based on whether the education
authority deems that the previous years plan has been successfully carried out. If the assement is returned unsuccessful, the child will be forced to
return to the school environment (regardless of why they were hom-educated in the first place mind, school phobia/bullying/abusive teachers
notwithstanding) Non compliance will result in state action against the parent, potentially labelled as child truancy (for which a parent in the UK
can be fined or sent to prison) and - even more disturbingly, because of the way the report was undertaken, there is a potential for such actions to
be labelled as "abuse".
Disturbing as that is for Home Educators, who pride themselves on their autonomy, ingenuity and nurturing of their childrens education by means other
that battery schooling, the report goes one stage further - and this is where it gets into Civil Libery Infringement.
I remind you here that the basis of the enquiry was the smear that Home Educators may be teaching at home to cover up potential abuse. This is how the
report plans to tackle that issue
Report to the Secretary of State on the Review of Elective Home Education in
We believe that local authorities should interview children within 4 weeks of home education starting, after 6 months has elapsed, and thereafter at
least annually to assess the quality of education provided and ensure that children are safe and well. The local authority should visit the
premises where education is conducted, and question the child about the education provided, although at least 2 weeks notice should be given
before the visit is conducted. The local authority should have the right to carry out the interview without a parent being present, if this is
judged appropriate, or alternatively if the child is vulnerable or has particular communication needs, in the company of a trusted person who is not
the home educator or parent/carer.
In other words, the government wants to send inspectors into a Home Educators own home, and interview their child, without the parent/carer being
present at the time
, using the basis of a report into a completely unsubstantiated smear in order to do so.
That isn't government. Thats creating what you want for your own ends, and then contriving to accomodate it, using public fear and smearing to do
And - taking the issue a stage further (just in case you believe that this only refers to Home Educators), British Law is based on precedents. How
soon then - after this is brought into statute law - will it be extended to enable mandatory "Home Inspections" of all
It appears that "New Labour" in the UK has, at its heart, some particularly "old communist" values.
The Home Education review is open for comment and consultation until 24th July 2009.
Home Educators Made to Register (BBC News)
Home education clampdown 'an
infringement of civil liberties'(Telegraph Article)
Independent review of home education
Sometimes its peaceful (Home Ed Blog)
Parents who home educate children to be forced to register
Get tough on home tuition to weed out abuse, says
[edit on 14/6/09 by neformore]