I saw Fr Ray Blake’s blog this morning but as the whole nasty CSF Bill hadn’t properly gone through the wash up at that point I held fire. But now it seems the press are saying the Bill’s full on attacks on the well being of children, and the rights of families have been drowned in the suddy process of the Wash Up.
Fortunately, despite the bizarre support for the Bill from Oona Stannard and her minions, the voice of ordinary people seem to have been heard.
The Home Education clauses are gone and so, thank God are the forced sex ed bits.
Carlotta has the letter Balls sent to Michael Grove which as you would expect is hardly accurate in its formulations. The letter shows that Balls has not read a single piece of research, or if he has he has ignored it all in favour of what his pseudo-charity money making palls tell him.
Research (mainly American that I have seen or listened to) shows that Sex Ed actually makes things worse. Girls who received the usual kind of values free sex ed were three times more likely to experiment and to end up with diseases, psychological problems and of course pregnancies that those who received no sex ed and those who received abstinence education. Abstinence ed came out better than no ed apparently. Please don’t ask me to find the links for all this; google it. (Or listen to Dr Ray who often talks about up to date research).
His letter to Grove is a whine and has nothing practical of sensible to offer an education system that is broken at the roots.
I think now that we have won a reprieve that more families will take stock of what is best for their children and I think we will see more and more families choosing to home educate.
I am a bit of a cynic, but I would truly like to think that the next Government would support this or if not, at least ignore it.
Meanwhile a celebratory glass of Banrock and then back to what I would rather be doing: being a mother who home educates. 🙂