If this is true:

“Research shows that parental interest in their child’s education is the single most powerful predictor of achievement at age 16.”    

                Tony Richardson, Executive Director Strategy & Policy, Becta*

then why are Mr. Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, and Mr. Graham Badman, the Chairman of Becta, trying to destroy the home educating families here in England?

By their own admission, on their own website, they are stating that the more involved a parent is in their child’s education, the higher the child’s educational achievement will be.

Can home educating parents be anymore involved in their children’s lives and their educational pursuits?  If being your child’s educational facilitator 24/7 for 365 days of the year from birth isn’t involved enough—I really have no idea what they are after.  Other than possibly trying to establish complete government control over our children’s lives?

 Did you know:

  1. Becta is the government agency ‘leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning’.  
  2. Graham Badman has been the acting and approved Chairman for this organization the whole of 2009 while he was conducting his ‘independent review’ into the safeguarding of home educated children. 
  3. The government agency DCSF has claimed all along that this was an Independent Review of home education.

Excuse me, but how can the Chairman (though not a salaried employee, his pay was an honorarium and all expenses paid) of one of the government’s agencies, that deals directly with the LEA’s and schools, be considered an ‘independent reviewer’? 


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4 Responses to If this is true:

  1. kellyi says:

    I can’t comment properly. If I do I will blow up.

  2. kellyi says:

    Ok, so I will try anyway.

    The whole review is a farce. It was never going to be about what is fair and just. It has always been about what suits the government, and having people out of the loop is not suitable.

    Our local MP came to a meeting with local HE parents. When asked as an opening question why the review is even taking place because the last consultation not 2 years ago deemed the current law adequate, he replied: “I don’t know”. He came to a meeting, without even so much as a pen and paper. He didn’t have any facts, figures, data, any thing.

    He was there because his PA had arranged it for 20 minutes before he went in to his more serious meeting of the new housing estate being built near the M4. In short: He didn’t care.

  3. Maire says:

    These people usurp the language and define it to suit themselves but hope I would imagine that we do not twig. Or perhaps they have long ago forgotten what it is to have integrity and be straightforward and honest.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t know which is annoying me the most at the moment–that they think we haven’t got enough brain cells amongst us to see the obvious, or the complete apathy that most people have for the issues at hand.

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