Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Imagine this

I have been struggling and sadly mostly failing to explain why it is important that the review recommendations do not go through. This is not my explanation, Karen posted it to the badmanreviewgroup and is happy for it to travel far.

Imagine this. Your child is being bullied at school; it has had a devastating impact on his or her ability to learn and on their psychological and emotional health. You are very unhappy with the way in which the school has handled or failed to handle this. The situation is worsening. You seek to withdraw your child from school and make alternative arrangements for his or her education. But there is a new law that states you must apply for permission to de-register; you apply as instructed. You are refused.

How would you feel? What would you do?

Currently, British law recognises parents as their child's primary educators whether or not the child is currently at school;

the adults who best love and understand their child are those in law who have ultimate responsibility for their education and welfare and it is your judgement as a parent which counts; you decide what kind of education best suits your child; if it isn't working , you have the right and power to seek an alternative. A new government review seeks to overturn this time-honoured principle of British law and to replace the judgement and authority of the parents with that of the State.If it is passed, it will radically change the relationship of all parents to the State and seriously undermine the integrity of families.It will also replace the judgement of those who best love and understand the child with that of faceless bureaucrats whose focus is on delivering a standard policy and imposing a government agenda rather than on the well being of the child.

You can read about the review here; and remember, regardlesss of its title , the proposals would affect all parents.

and petition for it';s agenda to be dropped here;

warmest wishes,


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