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Home parenting proposals criticised by MPs

Flaws in the UK Government’s proposals on home based parenting must be tackled, concludes the Children, Schools and Families Committee in a report published today. It urges the Government to learn lessons from the Balls up it has made in relation to elective home based parenting in England  and pushes for more precise monitoring of parents […]

By |December 15th, 2009|Family|0 Comments

Be made invincible

By Neil T

How many undiscovered classics are there in the world?

Well, I discovered one today that sends the balls and the badmen flying, and its from 1850, written by a Frenchman dying from tuberculosis, by spine tingling irony, just as Orwell was when he wrote 1984!

“The Law”, by Frederic Bastiat (pdf)

This little book is it. […]

By |December 10th, 2009|Civil Liberties|0 Comments

Going green

It’s not always easy being a greenie! An environmental inspired article by Mary Rose, one of our regular home education columnists.

Thirty years ago, when Kermit the frog sang his lament, “green” was an adjective applied first to vegetation, secondly to amphibians, and way down the list,  to that weird band of humans whose environmental mission […]

By |December 1st, 2009|Articles, Education, Environment|0 Comments

Why I will ‘Just Say No’ to a forward plan

By Barbara

When it comes to the practice of elective home education, many people have had the wool pulled over their eyes by so called independent expert Graham Badman, whose task earlier this year was to produce policy based evidence so that his paymaster Ed Balls could continue his crusade against families in England under false […]

By |November 30th, 2009|Education, Family|2 Comments

Open letter from AHEd to the APPG

In an open letter to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Elective Home Education, which was recently established at Westminster to promote better understanding of elective home education, the home education action group AHEd has affirmed its non negotiable commitment to protecting essential family freedoms in education.

Pointing out that it is parents, not the state, who […]

By |November 29th, 2009|Civil Liberties, Education, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Home education: a springboard to enterprise

Ali has set up and run several small businesses, all of which have had to fit around family commitments, including home education. Her latest ecommerce venture involves the whole family in its running.

I have always been more interested in working for myself than for anyone else, although I have done both out of necessity!

I realised […]

By |November 25th, 2009|Articles, Enterprise, Starting Out|0 Comments

The Clay Pipe

An article by Gloucestershire home educator Mary Rose, illustrating how one family brings learning to life with the discovery of an old clay pipe in the back garden.

“I expect you’d find an outside tap useful, love, wouldn’t you?

With my thumb over the end of the hosepipe in an attempt to maximise the frankly, pathetic squirt […]

By |November 25th, 2009|Articles, Education, Environment, Family|0 Comments

It’s war

The UK Government formally declared war on home education in England today with its inclusion in the Queen’s speech of a stated intention to introduce a licensing scheme for parents. It is almost inevitable that any such scheme, if it ever managed to reach the statue books, would lead to mass non-co-operation by home educating families, with  […]

By |November 18th, 2009|Civil Liberties, Education, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Home educators give notice of refusal to co-operate

Declaration to Parliament – Notice of Refusal to Co-operate

This is urgent, and requires active participation by all Home Educators. Please read and forward to all Home Educators and Home Ed lists that you belong to.

This act is not in competition with or an attack against any Home educated person or Home Education organisation. Now is […]

By |November 17th, 2009|Civil Liberties, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Rainbow Resistance

“Like living in Vichy France” is how one home educator described  the latest betrayal of home educators by Education Otherwise and its collaborators on one of our forum threads.  It is  difficult to disagree, which is probably why a new rainbow Resistance movement is emerging among the home ed Allies

It was Graham Stuart MP, a member of the UK […]

By |November 15th, 2009|Civil Liberties, Education, Law, Politics|0 Comments