Ministers have launched a review of standards for up to 55,000 young people taught by mothers and fathers outside school.Ah, I didn’t think it’d take too long before the State turned its beady eye on the few children to escape enforced mediocracy in their educational future.
It will investigate current procedures for monitoring home education – as well addressing concerns over the safety and welfare of children.
Naturally, they aren’t going down the ‘Your kids won’t be educated properly!’ route, because given the current dire results from our State schools,that would simply be laughed out of court. So they are trying the ‘Your kids are in danger from you!’ tack:
Baroness Morgan, the Children's Minister, said home teaching could be a "cover for abuse" in extreme cases.She’s right, frankly.
But parents' groups were infuriated by the comments.
Ann Newstead, spokesman for the charity Education Otherwise, said claims that children were safer in the hands of the state than parents was "offensive" and "not born out by an increasing number of families in the UK".
But her case wasn’t helped by indulging in this load of waffle:
Annette Taberner, member of EO's policy group said "No other community would be expected to suffer the prejudice and discrimination which our community has to endure. Our community will be infuriated by these latest statements."‘Our community’? Sheesh…
Naturally enough, this report wasn’t prompted by fears over abuse being missed, or even educational concerns, but over jobs being at risk if the trend continues:
The review – being led by Graham Badman, former director of children's services at Kent Council was launched following a public consultation on the issue of children missing education.And so the people who depend on a steady flow of children through the educational system just as surely as does a dairy farmer depend on a stream of cows passing through his milking shed are pressuring to be involved in the ‘home schooling’ option.
Some local authorities and children's organisations raised concerns about their ability to properly monitor children's welfare under existing guidance.
Under current rules, parents do not have to formally register their child as "home educated".
Because no-one can be allowed to succeed at anything unless the State can be involved and/or take its cut:
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 placed a duty on all local councils to make arrangements to identify children not receiving a proper education, but they have no power to inspect the quality of lessons for youngsters taught at home.Because no-one can argue if it’s ‘For the children!’, can they…?
Baroness Morgan said: "I'm sure the vast majority do a good job. However, there are concerns that some children are not receiving the education they need.
"And in some extreme cases, home education could be used as a cover for abuse. We cannot allow this to happen and are committed to doing all we can to help ensure children are safe, wherever they are educated."
Mr Badman said: "Legislation affords every parent the right to choose to educate their child at home but with those rights go responsibilities, not least being to secure a suitable education.And they are doing a bang-up job with all the children they already control. Aren’t they…?
"By the same token, local authorities are charged with ensuring that all children are safe, well and receiving an education that is both enjoyable and allows for the expression of all aptitudes and abilities.”