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Old 01-25-2009, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default UK Education Authorities: Homeschooling Could be a Cover for Abuse

UK Education Authorities: Homeschooling Could be a Cover for Abuse
January 25th, 2009

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto (UK):

John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction focuses on mechanisms of familiar schooling that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a by-product of rote-memorization drills. Gatto’s earlier book, Dumbing Us Down, put that now-famous expression of the title into common use worldwide. Weapons of Mass Instruction promises to add another chilling metaphor to the brief against schooling.

Here is a demonstration that the harm school inflicts is quite rational and deliberate, following high-level political theories constructed by Plato, Calvin, Spinoza, Fichte, Darwin, Wundt, and others, which contend the term “education” is meaningless because humanity is strictly limited by necessities of biology, psychology, and theology. The real function of pedagogy is to render the common population manageable.

Realizing that goal demands that the young be conditioned to rely upon experts, remain divided from natural alliances, and accept disconnections from the experiences that create self-reliance and independence.

Escaping this trap requires a different way of growing up, one Gatto calls “open source learning.” In chapters such as “A Letter to Kristina, my Granddaughter”; “Fat Stanley”; and “Walkabout:London,” this different reality is illustrated.

Via: BBC:

“Home education”, where children study at home rather than at school, is to face a review in England.

“There are concerns that some children are not receiving the education they need,” said Children’s Minister Baroness Delyth Morgan.

The government says there are no plans to remove the right to educate children at home.

But home educators’ charity, Education Otherwise, said it was “infuriated” by the proposed investigation.

There is no legal obligation for children to be sent to school - but parents have to provide a suitable education.

‘Offensive’

The review will consider how local authorities can ensure the education and well-being of children who are being taught outside school.

“Parents are able, quite rightly, to choose whether they want to educate children at home, and a very small number do. I’m sure, the vast majority do a good job,” said Baroness Morgan.

“However, there are concerns that some children are not receiving the education they need. And in some extreme cases, home education could be used as a cover for abuse.

“This review will look at whether the right systems are in place that allow local authorities and other agencies to ensure that any concerns about the safety, welfare or education of home educated children are addressed quickly and effectively,” said Baroness Morgan.

Education Otherwise says that it finds this announcement “offensive” - with its “implication… that home educated children are at risk purely because they are home educated”.

Annette Taberner, from Education Otherwise’s policy group, said: “No other community would be expected to suffer the prejudice and discrimination which our community has to endure.”

The review, headed by Graham Badman, former Director of Children’s Services at Kent County Council, will consider whether local authorities are able to safeguard home educated children, whether parents have sufficient support to home educate and “consider what evidence there is to support claims that home education could be used as a ‘cover’ for child abuse”.

Mr Badman said: “Legislation affords every parent the right to choose to educate their child at home but with those rights go responsibilities, not least being to secure a suitable education.”

Head teachers have supported the announcement of the review.

Martin Ward, deputy general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said that heads backed the right of parents to educate their children at home.

“However, there have been concerns about a small number of cases where this option has been exercised to the detriment of the child.”

There is no official figure for the number of pupils who are taught at home - but estimates have put the number at around 50,000.

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Old 01-25-2009, 09:26 PM   #2
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My eight year old neice is taught at home by my sister in law. She is doing an A level mathematics exam this summer, because as she puts it 'its so easy uncle paul!'.

My sister is a teacher who decided enough was enough and teaches her kids at home how she wants to, not how some mandarin at white hall decides.

all four of them are considered at least 4 years ahead of their peers at 'normal schools'. Why? because they are taught to think!
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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My eight year old neice is taught at home by my sister in law. She is doing an A level mathematics exam this summer, because as she puts it 'its so easy uncle paul!'.

My sister is a teacher who decided enough was enough and teaches her kids at home how she wants to, not how some mandarin at white hall decides.

all four of them are considered at least 4 years ahead of their peers at 'normal schools'. Why? because they are taught to think!
independent thought is counter productive to the agenda
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John Gatto is not a lone voice crying out about the origins of the Prussian Schooling system in use in America. Sadly here in Australia the origins of our schooling system is shrouded in more obfuscation.

The Australian Schooling System started in Australia's first NSW penal colony during a period where starvation was so real a possibility that only work important to the survival of the colony was allowed. And yet in this dire period of Australian Colonization a schooling system was initiated. Why? Think about it. Of the some 30 children present in the colony only a few were there for committing a crime. Most were the children of prisoners from Ireland. And you can't have future generations perpetuating the opinions, ideals and criticisms of non-national parents.

The solution? Realign future generations of the colony to the political perspectives and religion of the STATE via re-education through schooling.

It was a brilliant move, not only could you cut-off access to the parents during school hours but being educated by only white Protestant teachers you could erect a ruling white class mentality. After all spending countless hours taking instruction from white folk exclusively as children why would one question the practice after completion of school?

It seems the Governments of the world are always forced to break existing laws put in place to protect personal freedoms in the name of the children. "CHILD ABUSE!!!" The catch cry of political will when all other trickery fails to obtain desired outcomes.

The Australian government used the same excuse of a "national emergency" in the Northern Territory to "save the children" and physically step in and take control of indigenous communities not cooperation with the mining magnates. The Northern Territory is the only region where Aborigines have comprehensive land rights, granted almost by accident 30 years ago. Here lies some of the world’s biggest deposits of uranium. Canberra wants to mine it and sell it. And not I bet for the children.
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