I have lifted this directly from Sally at Happy@Home as I have been too upset and angry to pull together such a superb summary.
I’m suspicious for a number of reasons:
- The website won’t allow you to read the petition before signing to coordinate it in your constituency.
- The page gives no author and doesn’t link in from anywhere that would give you insight as to who the author is.
- I have heard that signing up generates a thank you from an EO trustee and that the page origin is EO owned.
- I don’t like the potential inference that registration is acceptable.
- I especially don’t like this inference in the light of no Tories being willing to say outright that they will not impose regulation.
- There is only hear-say to indicate that Graham Stuart MP is anything to do with it. There is nothing on his own website to indicate anything about it. There is nothing on the petition website to indicate his involvement.
- What’s the sudden hurry? It is putting pressure on people to sign and coordinate before they have had time to discuss and think about it.
- It was said that AHED were involved. Apparently they were not, but maybe members of the list (who didn’t have remit to speak on behalf of members) were? Maybe the same with other organizations such as HEAS.
- The only info people are working from is a release made by EO on the EO list and pasted wholesale into Dare To Know, and onto other lists. There is no opportunity given to scrutinize behind this release because the petition wording was being kept secret so that people didn’t take it upon themselves to print it off and duplicate it within constituencies without someone coordinating each constituency. Well, that’s what we are told. The release by EO doesn’t give the contentious parts of the petition that have come out on lists subsequently. Dare to Know (which I’m used to trusting and relying upon) didn’t give the whole petition wording, but that wasn’t obvious until I saw the whole of it on a list.
- There is too much scope for duplicity.
- The petition leaves the route open for another review. We don’t want/need another review. We’ve had so many. We need to work with the 2007 one. Maybe some research would be useful, but I wouldn’t trust anything from the Government, who are out to suppress and undermine home education.
- Is it John Holt who said about lifting plants constantly to see if the roots are growing? Maybe research is also intrusive?
There is some talk about simplified or improved wording on Ahed and Brag but would Graham Stuart be accomodating with that, do we need him to be or do we approach it more independently?
This could have been such a good thing if handled in a different manner, at the moment I am just so sad about it I feel almost like giving up.