Thank you Graham Badman. Good things from the Review

Poor old Graham Badman has been feeling a bit got at after publishing his review on home education. He managed to gain all one star reviews on Amazon and feels that the anger of what he calls a “minority” of home educating parents, just because we believe being treated as guilty until proven innocent of child abuse, is unjustified.

But I have to say the results of Badman’s little Review have not been all bad. I think I have seen some very good results.

To begin with Badman, Balls and pals have stirred up a quiet nest of family life and found it full of stinging hornets all ready to protect our young’uns. We have reached out from group to group, from parent to parent across the internet and around our local communities. We have had the chance to expand the number of home educating families we know and have found that whatever our philosophy of education, political views, religious beliefs or even parenting approaches-that we all believe in the freedom to live as families with the right and duty to the education of our children. Only one or two home ed parents have sided with the idea that the state owns our children and that we are to prove ourselves innocent of abuse and get a licence to parent our children.

The other good outcome is that more parents who have sent their children to school are beginning to realise that they too are threatened by this Government’s drive to break families. There are even some teachers willing and active in writing letters and filling out consultation questions supporting us.

While I certainly don’t think the mainstream media have done us many favours they have, even with the nastier side of their reporting, raised the profile of home education and thanks to the comment section of online papers such as The Times, The Telegraph and even The Guardian and the TES, a more truthful view of home education has been made very public. In doing so I am finding that more people are positive about the notion of home education and as a result I can’t help wondering whether there will be a spike in the numbers of children educated otherwise than school.

Only this morning I spoke to a parent whose children had a dreadful school experience and for her son has led to problems in his adult life. Her first grandchild is to be born soon -perhaps that child will have more choices in life; (unless the Badman recommendations go ahead of course). This mother had heard about home ed on the radio this morning and was fascinated by it. My guess she is not the only one. While Badman admitted that parents felt “despair” at the state of schools I wonder if he has realised that this feeling is common among parents whose children remain in school. Raising the awareness of home education will surely lead more children out of the school gates and to freedom. So thanks for that Mr Badman.

I am also glad to see MPs (mainly Conservative; in fact apart from UKIP has anyone else politically come out for family freedom and home ed?) standing up for the rights of families and the freedom to educate our children as we see fit.Β It’s good to know some people in the higher echelons do have some grasp of reality. It has also raised awareness that not only Labour but also the LibDems are not so keen on family rights. It’s always good to know where we stand.

So I hope poor old Mr Badman doesn’t feel too bad. Some good has come of all this.

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4 responses to “Thank you Graham Badman. Good things from the Review

  1. Badman has said Vale of Berkeley College must close, it has an excellent Ofsted report , it is the only school in the locality (pupils would have to travel 6 to 11 miles out of their community if it shuts) and his reason….it only has 275 pupils!! help them to fight against Badmand dream of factory farming children
    http://www.valeofberkeley.co.uk/SOS/index.htm
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  2. I agree…in raising the profile of home education, it was actually a good thing!

    Was thinking that our next drive should be along these lines. I had a vision whilst running just now, of friends who both HE and run, running round parks in London and if possible other cities where loads of children play with tabards on, to effect of Stop the State from Nannying You and Your Children. And on the back of the tabard…support Home Educators. This would all be filmed and edited together on YouTube. The other runners in the relay are filming the runner and taking round a petition which schooling parents can sign…

    We can honestly link the issue of CRB overkill to the issues HEors have with Badman and show that in the process we are creating a groundswell of resistance to the police state.

  3. Elaine, thanks for the heads up. Can’t have these small successful colleges surviving and doing well for kids now can we?

    Carlotta: sounds like a good idea. Now I have batteries for my crip-scooter I could join in πŸ™‚ I can’t run but I can scoot πŸ˜‰

  4. Do you mind linking to me? Will add yr great blog..

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