More sabre rattling in Wales


Looks like they're getting ready for another assaault on home education in Wales.

Can Home Education ever make the grade?

September means the end of the school holidays and back to school. But an increasing number of Welsh youngsters are swapping the classroom for their front room. Home education is becoming ever more popular.

So why do some parents feel their children can learn more without going to school? And should there be stricter measures in place to monitor home education?
Short memories?

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The Every Child Matters (not a jot)/GIRFEC bandwagon keeps on a-rolling for the benefit of the vested interests only.


Well done to the Welsh home educators!

Jayne Palmer took her two sons out of school 5 years ago. She says that home education was her only option as they both struggled with their special educational needs in school. Jayne feels that the Welsh Government's proposal to introduce a register is insulting.

But, there are strong views amongst many experts that children can really only be best served by a traditional school-based education.
For "experts", read "vested interests".

Rex Phillips, from the NASUWT teaching union, believes that parents should be monitored as much as schools currently are.
He has missed the point, as usual, that schools are monitored to satisfy parents, whose responsibility it is to ensure their children are educated. Why is it so difficult to grasp that concept?
All those calling for monitoring fail to understand that if there's to be any point to monitoring, there has to be an assessment made against a standard. Then it comes down to which standard, given that quite a few of us much prefer not to be exposed to all the state testing prevalent in schools. Our children do not advance to conform to government-mandated milestones, they advance in their own time as they see fit. It's like having a maze that has many different routes to the exit, with a bunch of checkpoints on one route through the maze. The state would expect every child to pass those checkpoints, even though there are plenty of other valid routes from which to choose.

It's a shame that no one commented about how much of the Welsh state education system is in special measures, so they can't even maintain their own standards.