Next Monday at 9:00am I will be having a visit from an "Elective Home Education Advisor". I have made a small list of questions I'll be asking him
and I'm giving you guys the opportunity to ask him some too! I'll be recording the meeting whether by audio or video/audio, we'll see.
So any way I'm having this visit because we home educate our children. We have 3, ages 6, 2 and 5 months. I deem all of them to be learning! I deem
that we are ALL learning, without exception!
Originally I was planning to tell him we were not interested, though I had done some reading and there are some veiled threats out there basically
saying if we went down that route it would be an or else situation! Here is one such exert.
Once a parent has decided to home educate and the local authority has been notified, the local authority elective home education administrator will
contact the parent to arrange for an elective home education adviser to visit the home of the parent. If the parent is unwilling to meet in their
home, a neutral venue will be agreed. Nottinghamshire local authority seeks to work in partnership with parents and would prefer to meet with parent
and child. In rare cases, the parent may choose to meet the local authority adviser by themselves or not at all. If parents exercise their right not
to meet with a local authority adviser they can then provide evidence through samples of work, diaries, reports from parents or independent tutors or
a description of their educational philosophy or in some other appropriate form. Although parents are under no duty to respond to such enquiries, it
would be sensible for them to do so.
I phoned them up and asked them if there is any law saying I must comply with them. To which they said NO! But basically if I did not comply at all
they would eventually make proceedings to force our children into school (I'm sorry I've forgotten the term he used now.)
Now, I was still tempted to tell him to do one but I kept my cool and the chap actually sounded okay and was in agreement with some points I made so I
decided to see him on my own! Here are the questions I have for him so far.
1) What is an Education?
2) What is reasonable? (They use this term a lot!)
3) Who decides what is reasonable education?
4) At what age do we begin to learn?
5) At what age do we complete our learning?
6) Did you learn more at school or in the "real world"?
7) Do you learn more off your peers or elders?
8) Do you learn more from experience or instruction?
9) What qualifies you to evaluate my child's learning?
This is it so far, I would love you guys to add or modify anything here and I will pick the best ones to put forward to the "adviser" ATS Have fun
and go all out!