Originally posted by James Random
One one hand we must consider the growing problem of britain's underclass. The root of this underclass is purely from poor education. People with no
GCSE's can't get a good job and are bored with the job that they do have, so they turn to means that are less than legal but are, in their opinion,
more cool (gangsta) in nature.
You've not spent much time around home educated kids have you? They are some of the most social and socially responsible people you are ever likely
to come across.
I think you are mixing up home education with "truancy". One is where the parents sit down and seek to make time for their kids, and provide them
with the materials and time they need to learn subjects, and the other is where the parent sticks the kid outside the school gate at 8.30am, never
bothers to see if he/she goes inside because they have to rush off to work and either doesn't know their kid isn't in school or really doesn't give
One of those leads to gang culture, binge drinking and underage pregnancies, and the other leads to a stable education and the development of a
responsible young adult. I think you can figure out which is which.
Home Educators spend time with their kids, as a family, learning and doing things together.
The problem also lies with bored parents. The parents have kids because they're never going to earn enough to get a house of their own, so the child
serves as a springboard to get a nice house from the council. The parent gets more bored with parenting as the years ware on and are more likely to
just leave their children to their own amusements so they can have some piece and quiet: Enter the scallywags.
I think various things have brought this about, one of them probably being the maddie incident.
Madeline McCann was not home educated. She was left by herself in a hotel room, in a foreign country, by her parents who decided that going out for
something to eat and leaving her there was a good idea.
The point is that nobody wants MORE under-educated kids simply falling into the underclass pool because they didn't receive good home education. This
system - while the report is dramatic at best in order to sell the media - seems to cover the bases pretty well in ensuring that 1) the level of
education the children are receiving at home is good and 2) that the children feel comfortable with this level of education and safe with the person
Again, I think you have your wires crossed.
Inspection of the home makes sense when turning a domesticated environment into an academic one. You want to be able to make sure that the child's
progress is not going to be constantly hindered by distractions.
So you'd be fine with the government coming in to inspect someones house when their kids in regular schooling are supposed to be doing homework then?
And interviewing them without their parents being present in their own home?
Its a home. Its not a "facility".
You might think that such distractions are necessary for the development of the mind and I will agree with you most heartily: nonsense is vital.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient for living also.
However, education and recreation must be delivered in a structured way so that the child can get a good education and thus have good prospects for
Actually, children gravitate to certain subjects naturally. The very worst thing you can do is stifle natural curiosity by breaking it down and
forcing a change of subject. Doing that learning becomes a chore, and not a pleasure. Every waking moment of our lives is an educational
Or let me put it this way - you are reading a book on a new hobby of yours, and you are engrossed. Its the very best thing you've ever found to read
and learn about. You are fascinated. But after two hours of reading it someone comes along and takes the book off you and tells you to go outside,
where its cold, and play sport, NOW, or you'll be kept behind at the end of the day for half an hour in silence. If you protest you are being
disruptive. You can't leave and go somewhere else. You have no say in it at all.
Thats how the schooling system is when it boils down to it. It simply does not suit everybody.
And have the government ordered 3 enquiries in as many years into the state of the national education system with the insinuation that all teachers
are potential child abusers and can't be trusted? No.