The Queen’s speech yesterday was almost embarrassing, but at least it didn’t mention home education. But having the words come from Her Majesty doesn’t mean they weren’t there. Under the spurious title Safeguarding the vulnerable we have
Safeguarding the vulnerable – strengthening the powers of local authorities and others with regards to registration, inspection and intervention will mean effective systems are in place to protect those that most need it. The Bill will introduce a new home educators’ registration system and take new powers for Secretaries of State to intervene in youth offending teams that are failing and potentially putting young people and their communities at risk.
I just wonder what on earth the Badman review, the consultation, the incredibly bad stuff put before the Select Committee, the protest, the letters and just the whole shebang was for. All this had been decided and was ready to be rolled out, regardless.
It is well past time that someone from the Tory side gave families and especially home educating families a clear and definitive promise that NONE OF THIS will come about under them. Surely we should have had a straight answer by now. Perhaps they feel they don’t need our votes and simply don’t care enough. That’s not to say I am not grateful for the work of Douglas Caswell and Graham Stuart who have shown a willingness to both understand home education and support it.
Let’s make something quite clear; the only vulnerable children I come across are children in school. The ones bullied, the ones with porn mags pushed under their noses, the ones with breakfast club, all day school and every evening club going-because going home isn’t an option; the ones with so many exams to sit they haven’t time to think straight; the ones having to listen to or be the receiver of the foul language and casual violence that happens down our street every ‘home time.’
Home educated children are not vulnerable and neither Badman nor any of his cronies have been able to show one instance where they have been! They have had to misuse case studies to try and squeeze a ‘home ed children vulnerable’ headline out here and there.
Of course they rely on the thoughtless opinionated public constantly making their silly assertions about ‘socialisation’ and ‘but they can’t do science can they’ and the ‘children shouldn’t be with their parents’ rubbish that gets answered and answered but still gets repeated.
The backlash is getting bigger and louder. More and more parents are saying they will not comply with anything this Government tries to do-and have put the Tories on notice that they wont be complying any of it under them either.
Meanwhile I will continue to give my children a better than mediocre education in a loving family among good friends. Some people don’t approve I know-and frankly I don’t care.