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    Harassing Homeschoolers?

    Local authorities are requiring a homeschooler to do certain reporting to the government, despite the fact that the reporting requirements do not exist in law. So the effect is the local authorities, in disregard of statutes to the contrary, are using legal means to enforce personal preferences.

    I'm preparing to take Lincolnshire County Council to judicial review over their ultra vires home education policy, pending the outcome of a formal complaint, but Lincolnshire is not alone. Across the UK, home educators report hostile local authorities enforcing policies which sometimes bear only the vaguest resemblance to the law, particularly with regard to monitoring.

    Statutory government guidelines to local authorities are explicit about the ongoing monitoring of home educating families - it is not required. Having established that a child is home educated, a LA has no further duty with respect to that child's education - unless and until it has cause to believe that an education is no longer taking place. Since the education of a child is the legal duty of her parents, not the LA, to demand information on a regular basis without any actual suspicion of a crime is to consider parents guilty until proven innocent.

    Whether one 'supports' or 'believes in' home education or not, most people would agree that a local authority must act within the law.
    For full text see Nikki Harper: Ultra Vires Home Education Monitoring: Badman By the Back Door?
    This instance is in the UK, but similar issues happen here. I know the individual in question, the one that obviously doesn't measure up to the standards of who should be educating young minds. She speaks five languages and has a book being published this year. [Yeah, what a slacker.]

    The point she's making is summed up in the last line of the quote above
    Lawmakers {of all people} should be bound by the law. We do not give them the power to enforce their preferences.

    - Have you had any experience with homeschooling {pro or con} and the way it is handled by governmental entities?

    - Have you seen instances in other areas where those with a title tried to enforce their preferences?

    - Or do you have another view entirely on the topic?

    Your thoughts?
    -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup. --

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    I took Katy out of public school to home school her at the end of her 7th grade year. Here in Texas, the school was very nice about it. They gave me the contact information for a couple of people who could help me get started. That would have been in 1998.

    Now she's 27 and she home schools her 6 and 7 year old boys. She sent the oldest one to preschool two years ago, then informed the school she would be home schooling him after that. She has always home schooled the younger one. No one has ever given her any trouble about it. I think problems from the school districts and other government officials are fairly rare in Texas. The Texas Home School Coalition has done a fantastic job protecting the rights of families in Texas.

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    I am over in the UK. We took out kids out of school about 10 years ago as we were totally dissatisfied with what was going on in school. Initially all those visits were welcome as I had to proof to family that I was up to the job. After five years of having impecible reports from the authorities, my husband and I decided that we would not need further contact with them. Even though my eldest child already received gained two GCSE grades at age 11 (he received an A in German) and 13 he received an A* in French), the authority became very heavy handed. My children were put on the Children Missing Education register and the local authority man threatend us with a Statutory Attendence Order for school, unless we provided information about the education my children are receiving.

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    Makes you wonder whose kids they are... yours or property of the state.

    I'd understand a little more if public education was so wonderful that kids were coming out with a sterling education, but that hasnt historically been the case of late. Yours have proven to thrive under your tutelage. I just don't see a point in picking on parents that strive to provide more for their children than the public schools offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robjones View Post
    Have you had any experience with homeschooling {pro or con} and the way it is handled by governmental entities?
    I homeschooled for a short time. Only one year when I was 17 because I had already started working in IT so I used it to transition out of school so I could start a career early. No one bothered me, probably because I was legally old enough to drop out of school at that point. I don't think I should have been bothered by authorities, anyway. It wasn't a good or bad experience. It's just something I did even though I was more focused on learning Linux servers and the hosting business than anything else.

    Quote Originally Posted by robjones View Post
    Have you seen instances in other areas where those with a title tried to enforce their preferences?
    Not personally, but I don't agree with the decisions of the authorities in the article to try to hold the family to some kind of account when they hadn't done anything wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by robjones View Post
    Or do you have another view entirely on the topic?
    I'm not sure what the public education system is like in the UK, but in America it's a joke, especially in inner cities, and is sometimes more damaging to students than helpful. Maybe if it wasn't so flawed, parents wouldn't feel so inclined to pull their kids out and students wouldn't feel so inclined to drop out.
    Last edited by vectro; 28 May, 2012 at 00:12 AM.

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    School doesn't encourage thinking, but indoctrinates kids how to think. It is something that benefits those in charge when it comes to ensuring obedience of tax payers. Nothing is as dangerous as a population that can and wants to think on its own. Therefor no government likes homeschooling as home schooled kids probably turn into more responsible adults when it comes to subject matters such as managing their own money without falling into the credit trap.
    That of course is just a guess, but I bet it is not a wrong one.
    As to the education system being a joke: It is like that everywhere. Even where I grew up in Germany.
    We are naturally curious by birth, but the education system is set up in a way that it frustrates students into mindless participants. I am looking back at how much I have learned on my own when I was interested in something and compare that to how little really good information I have actually obtained in school.
    One year online with an active interest beats 10 years of school any day.
    And that is all I have to say.
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    Home schooled children are more likely to vote republican and that's a good start.

    In the US the teachers union run the show, and they're doing everything that they can to close down charter schools and home schooling. It's a vicious cycle of the teachers unions funding the democrats and the democrats throwing money at the schools without accountability. In states like NJ, the average property tax is $15,000 a year on a home. No wonder people can;t afford to pay their mortgages and are losing their homes.

    On June 5, 2012 the teachers unions take on Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker. This will be interesting. A lot of states are ready for property tax revolts.

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