The bill in the House of Lords:
Two Labour Lords: Baroness Morris of Yardley on behalf of Lord Soley have proposed a private members bill restricting the ancient rights of parents to educate without state interference.
This bill has had it's second reading in the HoL. The Government have said they do not intend to add compulsory registration to the legislation, which suggests the bill will not get Government support and will die off at some point soon.
However, a face book group, set up specifically to oppose the Bill have produced a
which addresses many of the issues the Bill raises.
In the spring the Liberal Democrats will discuss a new education policy document. Section 9 relates to home education:
They intend to legislate for home educators to follow the National Curriculum and have twice yearly inspections, a demand which exceed those of either Lord Soley or Badman.
I strongly urge everyone who opposes them to write to the Lib Dems using their contact page.
Please remain polite, stick to the point while expressing yourself firmly.
Things to consider:
- Asking the party to consult with home educators before proposing such draconian measures based upon a flawed understanding of how home education works.
- Explaining how these measures will influence your voting intentions.
- How they will effect you as a family
"The respect of parent's freedom to educate
their children according to their vision of what education should
be has been part of international human rights standards since their
(The Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Commission
on Human Rights 8th April 1999)
UK law is clear, parents are responsible for the education of their offspring regardless
of whether they are in school or out of it. In law
the right to an education is an obligatory right,
it may neither be denied to, nor refused by, a child.
Thus since children
may not refuse education and there is no academic consensus on what constitutes an effective education, we believe that the state
must be flexible in defining what a 'suitable' education is.
Even though the law expresses the
right to home educate as a parental right, it is my belief that, in
the same way that young people have the right to decide upon medical
procedures, a specific education should not be imposed upon them. This is not only right in principle but in practice
too since intrinsically motivated learning will most readily "achieve that which it sets
out to achieve". Ultimately, education cannot take place against
a person's wishes.
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