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US religious right plans a home-school revolution

Did you get the memo on this “revolution” we are supposed to be planning? While it’s true homeschoolers are generally trying to make an impact on their world, that’s a common human aspiration.

Growing numbers of US families are being encouraged to abandon public education in favour of �home-schooling�, in order to further their ideology and to �regain America� for fundamentalist Christianity.

Activists told the BBC 2 Newsnight TV programme yesterday that the increasing �exodus� from American high schools is now in the order of 2 million people. Read more…


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Scottish mom: I teach my 7 children at home

Despite the tabloid feel of this site, the story does not read so much like a freak show but similar to the many early stories of homeschooling in this country.

A Doting mum-of-seven got so brassed off by the Scottish education system she set up her own mini-classroom to teach her kids herself at home. Jayne Richardson has spent the last nine years instilling the merits of maths, languages and sciences in her brood.

The 39-year-old and her husband David, 36, decided school was not for their little ones when their oldest son Joshua was in primary two.

The couple felt the standard of learning wasn’t high enough so they took the six-year-old out of school – and have never looked back. Read more…


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Ireland: School’s out but homework is in

Uncommon in Ireland, homeschooling is explained to the uninitiated in this story.

Roy McLean (32), a dairy farmer, and his wife Naomi (29), from Straid, Co Antrim, decided when their first child Abigail was born six years ago that they would educate their family at home. Now, they have three more children: Andrew (4), Sarah (3) and Samuel (18 months) and a fifth on the way. Naomi tells Judith Cole about her unusual lifestyle

09 May 2005

Some people thought we were mad when we decided to educate our children at home. They’ll turn out odd, they said, because they won’t be mixing with others their own age. But we haven’t regretted it one bit – the flexibility and one-to-one attention we can give each child is worth it. Read more…


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Scottish Parents still badly informed about home education

It sounds like this may be an intentional effort to discourage homeschooling.

Parents who want to educate their children at home are still routinely being misinformed about their rights, it was claimed yesterday.

Many local authorities have failed to improve their guidance to parents on home schooling � a year after the Scottish Executive ordered them to do so, national support charity Schoolhouse said. Read more…


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What homeschooling taught me

Times Online has an excellent account of a British man’s homeschool experience more than 30 years ago.

It was an erratic and eccentric experience, but being taught by my parents instilled a love of learning.

WHEN I was eight years old, my parents chose to take me out of the state education system and teach me themselves. There were several factors behind this decision, practical, personal and ideological. My father had a year�s sabbatical from university teaching and he and my mother wanted to take the family to live in a cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Since the place was miles from the nearest school, they decided that the best way to continue my education, and that of my ten-year-old sister, would be to go it alone. I think they relished the challenge of a little didactic DIY, but another reason for opting out of the system for a while was my growing aversion to school. I wasn�t being bullied and I was not falling that far below the low standard expected at my averagely dismal middle school in England; but I was bored witless, and increasingly rebellious. The school and I were failing simultaneously. Read more…


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School’s out forever in the UK

An article in the Guardian Unlimited claims as many as 170,000 British children are homeschooled and many use the unschooling approach.

In the orchard of their home in a village near Penrith in Cumbria, eight-year-old Bethany and seven-year-old Eliza are having a great time jumping around on some enormous straw bales. Later, they might ride their bikes or climb on the henhouse roof. This activity is not just confined to weekends – the girls can play any time they like because they don’t go to school. Instead, they are educated at home by their parents, Paul and Veronika Robinson. But they don’t have lessons, have never used a timetable and learn only what and when they want to learn.” Read more…


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Homeschooled chess champ illegally truant?

World Net Daily reports on a homeschooled UK kid that, despite his success, is being threatened with truancy charges.

An 8-year-old homeschooled British boy who reportedly is the best under-10 chess player in the UK is at risk of being forced back to government school � but his parents are determined to keep educating him at home. Read more…


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Mum to teach kids at home to avoid school bullies

A MOTHER-OF-THREE has vowed to educate all her children at home rather than send them to a school where she claims her daughter endured two years of agonising bullying.

Karen Cruickshank withdrew her 13-year-old daughter Elisabeth from Glan-y-Mor Comprehensive School, in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, last July, and has stopped 11-year-old son Charlie starting at the school.

Mrs Cruickshank, from nearby Trimsaran, says her daughter was regularly kicked, slapped, spat at and on three occasions had her hands slammed in doors by a group of five pupils. Read more…


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New rules in the UK for home school?

For the 170,000 of you being home-schooled rules about the work you do could be about to change.

Home-schooling means learning at home and not going to school. You don’t have to have formal lessons or sit exams.

As more kids than ever before are being home-schooled teachers say there need to be better checks on what kids are learning at home.

The government is considering what sort of monitoring it needs to introduce at the moment. Read more…


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Bible college “alarmingly close” links to White House

It is worth making clear from the outset that Patrick Henry College in rural Virginia is not your average American university. At Patrick Henry, the students – about 75 per cent of whom have been taught at home rather than in schools – are required to sign a statement of faith before they arrive, confirming (among other things) that they have a literal belief in the teachings of the Bible. At Patrick Henry, students must obey a curfew. They must wear their hair neatly and dress “modestly”. Read more…