(Home) school’s out forever in the UK?

(Home) school’s out forever in the UK?

From the UK’s Guardian news site. A government investigation into homeschooling as a possible cover for child abuse has parents worried.

There’s also a link in the story to a previous, very positive article about homeschooling in the UK. The mention the book by the Institute of Education, University of London How Children Learn at Home which concludes homeschooling is an “astonishingly efficient way to learn.”

Home educators have been feeling nervous ever since Graham Badman began his review of home education earlier this year.

The government’s announcement of the review came wrapped in sinister language about the need to investigate “claims that home education could be used as a ‘cover’ for child abuse such as neglect, forced marriage, sexual exploitation or domestic servitude”.

For most people, the decision by parents to educate their children outside the school system is difficult to fathom. School is so ingrained in our perception of what is normal that even though many of us will freely admit we hated school, few of us can conceive of not packing our children off with their lunchboxes and pencil cases as soon as they are old enough – which is now just four years old. Read more…

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