“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.” http://tinyurl.com/yaywqu8
To say that the above statement has not angered me right down to the very core of my being would be the most major understatement of the past few months.
Many things have angered me during this process:
- The ineptness and audacity of the Badman report.
- The insinuations that our children aren’t safe.
- The complete ignorance this country has about home education.
- The complete lack of concern the public has shown for the possibility that parents may need CRB checks to be with their children.
- The complete lack of help in fighting this from my husbands family.
- The amount of time away from my children this has caused.
- That I’ve had to listen to stupid comments like:
“I am reasonably happy with the education my children receive…”
I’m sorry—but no one should be ‘reasonably happy’ with their children’s education. Other than providing them with a loving family, a good education is essential in life. Our children deserve the very best, we should be ‘overjoyed’ with their education, not ‘reasonably happy’.
“…the recent events will have taught Hazel and Kieran a great deal about politics.”
If anyone is so thick to believe we have looked at this as a wonderful opportunity to teach our children about politics you are stupider than Balls and Badman. I did not ‘choose’ to have our way of life threatened, because the government is failing to provide a decent education to children in schools and that they, and most of the population, cannot think outside the box.
BUT: to say MY children and all the home educating children in this country are ‘vulnerable’ is just a step too far. These children are not vulnerable. They are not the ones fobbed off to nurseries and schools from six-weeks of age. They are not the ones receiving an ‘OK’ education. They are not the Baby P’s and Khyra Ishaq’s of this world. No—our children are not the vulnerable or the ones failed by the State. How dare the State try to hide their failings by trying to make decent families their scapegoats?
No state education will ever match the quality of education a child who is loved and who is allowed to explore the world in whatever direction they want will receive. Our children are not force fed an education—they are actively pursuing one—and doing so at their own free will.
I’m sorry, but you have crossed the line of decency Mr. Balls. How dare you class home educated children in with the truly vulnerable. Not one study has ever proved anything other than that:
Home educated children are SAFER, HAPPIER and ACHIEVING MORE than any group of schooled children. Those are the facts—and you will be made to face up to it.
You cannot victimize decent, honest and loving people like this. You will not get away with this. We will fight you every step of the way.
I will never apply for your license to educate my children.
I will never have a CRB check to be with my children.
No LA will ever speak to my children or evaluate their education.
You may have crossed the line, but you will not get any further.