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Children of a New Society: The shared and boundless curriculum of a Home Education

By Spartacus

Home educating facilitators often speak of the world being a classroom and indeed, it is fascinating how ordinary people respond to meeting Home Educated children. People suddenly realise that they have something to contribute and they want to. Home educated children with a zest for learning inspire relatives, visitors to the home, shopkeepers and […]

By |September 26th, 2010|Education, Family|0 Comments

Home education: is anyone else thinking about toothbrushes?

By Spartacus

The concept of a God, the desire for standards and the need for education all have one thing in common:-

Toothbrushes

Most people think that standards are a Good Idea but standards are like toothbrushes, everyone wants their own and does not want to use someone else’s. Someone else’s God, Standards or Toothbrushes. Many […]

By |September 26th, 2010|Education|0 Comments

Lies and deceit infect the Met? Or were the CRAM creators conned?

A member of our community forums has brought to our attention a policy known as CRAM (Child Assessment Risk Matrix) which was developed by the Metropolitan Police Service in the wake of the Baby P case. Naturally, they were aided and abetted in their efforts to predict the essentially unpredictable by the usual suspects, including […]

By |September 19th, 2010|Civil Liberties, Education, Law, Politics|5 Comments

It isn’t rocket science, or is it?

By Elaine
From a report in the Evening Standard:  Poverty report targets early years (quoting ‘poverty tsar’ Frank Field MP).

Government action to tackle poverty should focus on supporting children during the first five years of their lives, the Labour MP commissioned by David Cameron to carry out a review of the issue said.

But Frank, parents are […]

By |September 17th, 2010|Civil Liberties|4 Comments

Defence of Civil Liberties, Democracy and the Value of Families in Society

By Spartacus

Lincolnshire County Council recently decided to take no further action to prevent a father allowing his seven-year-old daughter to walk alone to a bus stop, leading to this BBC discussion of the “responsibilities of the parents and the state”.

The Today programme went on to pose the question: “Who should be in charge of children […]

By |September 17th, 2010|Civil Liberties|0 Comments

We could not send her to school now even if we wanted to!

By Spartacus

Foreword:

For those people that are wondering whether to Home Educate or not, here is a glimpse of how it is working for us. Our experience of Home Education is beyond expectation or our dreams. We have become Home Education evangelists. We have decided to expose this, not to be boastful, but just to […]

By |September 8th, 2010|Education|2 Comments

Scotland supports home education

Scotland’s national home education organisation Schoolhouse has reported on the Scottish Government’s renewed commitment to upholding  freedom in education in a response by Scottish education secretary Michael Russell MSP to parliamentary questions from Green MSP Robin Harper. Read the Schoolhouse press release in full.

By way of background, Robin Harper is the Scottish Green Party’s speaker on […]

By |September 8th, 2010|Education, Politics|0 Comments

Vegetarians just don’t get it!

Bloody vegetarians! They have absolutely no idea what damage they might be causing their children by refusing to allow them to eat meat. As for vegans, well they are completely irresponsible and everyone knows it’s […]

By |September 1st, 2010|Civil Liberties, Health|2 Comments

Jimmy Reid: when will we see your like again?

 

Much has been written and spoken in the past wee while about Jimmy Reid, whose funeral took place yesterday and whose life was celebrated by the great, the good and the ordinary. Reading the many eloquent tributes, and in particular Joan McAlpine’s  Go Lassie Go this morning, prompted me to set down some of my […]

By |August 20th, 2010|Education, Politics|0 Comments

Beware of the flowers

 

In the wake of some seriously misguided media coverage, and following on from yesterday’s post, let me ask once more how, exactly, ‘tightening the rules on home education’ might have saved the Riggi children. It is a serious question aimed at those who have jumped on the blame bandwagon over the past few days and […]

By |August 7th, 2010|Civil Liberties, Education, Family|22 Comments