House of Commons Library Note - Home Education

Excellent summary of the present status of home education from the House of Commons Library service:

House of Commons Library Note - Home Education
http://www.parliament.uk/Templates/BriefingPapers/Pages/BPPdfDownload.aspx?bp-id=SN05108

Most of it is entirely familiar but I had not seen this previously:

Effect of homeschooling on children’s levels of tolerance

Also in March 2014, Albert Cheng published an article in the Journal of Social Choice on whether home education or private schooling promoted intolerance. The article concluded that greater exposure to home education is associated with greater political tolerance. A TES article commented on the research:

Young people who are homeschooled are more politically tolerant than their state-educated peers, according to new research suggesting that children become more open-minded the longer they are taught at home.
The findings contradict the stereotype of marginalised and isolated home-educated students who lack interaction with different types of children. Instead, homeschooled students were found to be more tolerant than young people at state schools towards social and political groups whose views they did not share. The personalised nature of home education enables children to become “comfortable with their identity”, the researchers suggest, which helps them to accept different kinds of people.
 

Admin

Administrator
Strange how there was no singing and dancing about these research findings, perhaps because it contradicted the claptrap spouted by the NSPCC and its ilk in the form of rentseeking policy based evidence.

It doesn't take much research to conclude that the tyranny of the playground, bullying and peer pressure in schools are much more likely to breed intolerance.
 

Diane

HEdups
"The personalised nature of home education enables children to become “comfortable with their identity”, the researchers suggest, which helps them to accept different kinds of people."

Little wonder why the PTB hate home educators. Tolerant people? No, thanks, say the bigwigs: you've got to hate immigrants, benefits claimants...how else can we keep you under control?
 
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