Monday, September 3, 2012

Home Education - a right?

I am uncertain about home education.  Part of me, that part that hated school as a child and experienced its flaws as an adult, thinks that the state should not interfere; not at least until it sorts itself out.  At the same time   there are many examples of neglect and abuse that suggest that we as a society have a duty to protect our children.  My inclination, however, is that we should not determine laws on the basis of what will avoid the worst in society.  If the review of Home Education in the UK is a reaction to high profile child abuse cases, it is wrong then.  Such cases should be studied for the exceptions that they are; and home education should not be criticised by an assumed association.

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