Only one-fifth (that’s 20% if you ain’t good with maths) of the way there. Are you tired of reading my crap yet?
I have alluded to one of the reasons why @PanKwake and I take part in this annual event.
Home education is misunderstood.
Especially in the UK.
And it is under attack world wide. In Europe in particular. In the past decade many countries in the EU, including Germany, have made it illegal to home educate. France, who have some of the toughest regulations world-wide, are trying to do the same.
Here in the UK, ‘they’ have been trying to bring in stricter home education laws for as long as we have been home educating.
If you noticed the ‘ in ‘they,’ that is because education is a devolved power. Meaning that laws are made at the country level. So, England, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, all have different laws and rules.
Existing laws are honestly some of the best. Basically, you are not legally required to register, give any reports, or allow the local authority into your home. Even back home in the US, those are pretty good laws, with only a handful of states offering that degree of educational freedom.
You may wonder why it’s such a big deal. Is it really all that bad for the government to keep a register of children who are home educated? What about those .001% who are victims of child abuse or neglect? And isn’t it the governments obligation to see that all children receive an ‘adequate’ education?
Some pretty good questions that many people, including home educators ask. So, this coming week I’ll tackle those…and any others that you send me. As we continue to expose the myths about home education, self-directed learning, and especially as it relates to #ActuallyAutistic, neurodivergent, and special educational needs children and young people.