The report is out on the murder of Khyra Ishaq, which Kelly over at Green and Gold picks up on. I still haven’t read the report but apparently the dear decrepit NSPCC (fake charity extroadinaire) are still trying to pin this on home education. Both Kelly and Carlotta picked up the Guardian article by Alan Thomas and Harriet Pattison in which they try to correct some of the gross misinformation out there. I am a little surprised a paper like the Graun allowed this to be published but you can soon see by the comment thread that the usual Graunids (or whatever you might call them) are crawling around spewing their ignorance and bigotry. I actually laughed when I saw the “What about science?” question.
There is the usual outright bigotry against anyone with religious faith-backed up by a home educater as well *sigh*. At least in teaching my children their Christian faith and heritage they will grow up (I hope) treating people of all faiths and none with respect. Funny how these school educated people who have had the word ‘tolerance’ thrown at them simply can’t tolerate anyone they disagree with. It is also striking how none of the anti-home ed crowd were able to elucidate a coherent argument against home education. The bizarre insistence that working class people are totally incapable of educating their children, even when some people pointed to evidence that says the opposite is a fine example of deep prejudice that cannot yield to something as inconvenient as facts.
I suppose the real question over these people is, does it matter? Does anyone care what people who can’t be bothered to check basic facts think? Graunids have lost their beloved tyrant in Ed Balls and perhaps are a little sore. Even so, I am afraid I don’t think we can look to the shiny new Michael Gove for assurance of being left alone. This is a coalition and Gove has already made a serious mistake over school buildings (or so it seems). Will he feed us to the Grauns to keep his seat? I don’t know.
I do wonder where the spitting anger at people who home educate comes from.
When we HE mums talk about the kind of ignorant comments and prejudice we have encountered there is always one explanation that comes up. “They feel we are judging them by our choices.” Perhaps. I have come across some HE parents who are a bit full on in their anti-school rhetoric which could very easily come across as judging a parent who chooses to have their children educated in school. But even that doesn’t explain why so many people are so sure that home education is bad-even with no evidence to back it up.
There are plenty of bad schools, bad teachers and children having a bad time in school and yet no one seems to mind. There are one or two bad parents who say they are home educating and make a mess of it because because they are bad at it or essentially bad at parenting and rarer still abusive- and loads of people scream “Ban it” “monitor it to death” and the old old canard “The Government should DO something!”
Today at least we are still free to educate our children and bring them up to be settled, moral and happy people. Today the voices and keyboards of little tin pot tyrants have no power. Today when some anonymous bully leaves comments insisting I have to right to teach my children the Truth but must give them only secularist propaganda-I can delete it and move on.