Imagine this. Your child is being bullied at school; it has had a devastating impact on his or her ability to learn and on their psychological and emotional health. You are very unhappy with the way in which the school has handled or failed to handle this. The situation is worsening. You seek to withdraw your child from school and make alternative arrangements for his or her education. But there is a new law that states you must apply for permission to de-register; you apply as instructed. You are refused.
How would you feel? What would you do?
Currently, British law recognises parents as their child’s primary educators whether or not the child is currently at school; the adults who best love and understand their child are those in law who have ultimate responsibility for their education and welfare and it is your judgement as a parent which counts; you decide what kind of education best suits your child; if it isn’t working, you have the right and power to seek an alternative. A new government review seeks to overturn this time-honoured principle of British law and to replace the judgement and authority of the parents with that of the State. If it is passed, it will radically change the relationship of all parents to the State and seriously undermine the integrity of families. It will also replace the judgement of those who best love and understand the child with that of faceless bureaucrats whose focus is on delivering a standard policy and imposing a government agenda rather than on the well being of the child.
You can read about the review here; and remember, regardlesss of its title, the proposals would affect all parents.
and petition for its agenda to be dropped here;
Copied with permission, by Karen Rogers.
The thing is, this review doesn’t just challenge my rights, as that nutter you know who doesn’t want to send her kids to school. It’s affects all parents of all children, because it undermines your options. It stops you from making the choices you may one day need to make, in the best interests of the child you know, and understand, and love, more intimately than any government official ever could. Home education is one of your family’s rights, and just because you can’t imagine ever wanting to invoke it, doesn’t mean you should let them take it away from you.